Sunday, October 31, 2021

AOC vs. CEOs


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for Congress

Alexandria isn’t afraid to speak truth to power and yesterday was no different.

For the first time ever, oil executives were questioned under oath about whether their companies misled the public about the reality of climate change.

Alexandria had the chance to ask Exxon CEO, Darren Woods, about the company's lobbying efforts – specifically in regards to the two pieces of legislation currently being negotiated in Congress. Through her questioning, he admitted to meeting with members of Congress during the reconciliation and infrastructure process.

She then confronted the President of the American Petroleum Institute about their $55.6 million in lobbying over the last 10 months alone. But she didn’t just focus on figures alone, because this crisis is personal.

She said: “I think one of the things that often gets lost in these conversations is some of us have to actually live in the future that you all are setting on fire for us.”

Exposing the role of dark money and Big Oil lobbying in Washington is vital, but it also makes our campaign a key target of attacks.

The American Petroleum Institute spent almost half a million dollars on ads opposing Democratic members of Congress. Those ads, which include ads that targeted individual members of Congress for their support of climate action policies, were viewed at least 21 million times, according to Facebook data.1

We’re nearly one year out until Alexandria’s re-election and we need to be prepared to fight back against Big Oil’s disinformation campaigns. We’re counting on the power of many small-dollar donations to go up against their millions.

Alexandria will continue to fight for climate justice and to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for their lies. 

With thanks,

Team AOC

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