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Fossil Fuel Companies are Undermining Our Future

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On June 30, Greenpeace U.K.'s journalism project Unearthed released footage of a senior lobbyist for ExxonMobil, Keith McCoy, who told an undercover reporter about the company's aggressive and ongoing efforts to undermine climate science and bold federal climate policy.

The footage was horrifying and shocking, to say the least. But it was not surprising. Actually, what's most damning about the revelations shared by McCoy and Dan Easley, a second Exxon lobbyist interviewed by Unearthed, is just how un-revelatory they are—the evidence that ExxonMobil and other fossil fuel giants have been fighting the energy transition needed to avert the worst effects of the climate crisis has been overwhelming for decades now.

Unearthed's investigation merely confirms what we've known and what the fossil fuel divestment movement has been exposing all along: Exxon and its compatriots will do anything to protect their bottom line, no matter the human and environmental costs. The more fundamental question this footage raises—and one far more difficult to answer—is why some of our most prominent institutions continue to let Exxon and fossil fuel giants get away with jeopardizing our futures by remaining invested in their deadly core business model and the political ploys it inspires.

Today, over 1,300 institutions controlling nearly $14.6 trillion worth of assets have divested from fossil fuels. They have divested out of the........

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