December 2, 2021

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The heads of the oil companies were questioned in Congress to mislead the public

Major producers were questioned about the environmental impact of the fossil fuels they benefit from.

Leaders of several oil giants testified before US lawmakers on Thursday, explaining allegations to mislead the public about climate change.

Major producers were questioned about the environmental impact of the fossil fuels they benefit from.

The hearing, which Democrats have described as historic, is the first time the chiefs of major oil companies have answered questions publicly and under oath, according to the BBC.

The six-hour session brought many tumultuous verbal exchanges, as companies such as BP and Shell faced tough questions.

“Some of us have a future that you all ignite,” said Representative Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez, a Democrat.

However, representatives of Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP and Shell have repeatedly spoken out about their efforts to switch to clean energy and denied offering it to the public.

The hearing, which drew attention to decades of lobbying and public statements from major US energy companies, took place just days before the start of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

The meeting of world leaders, to be held from October 31 to November 12, is widely seen as a key moment in the global fight against climate change.

The hearing in the US House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee was part of a broader investigation, which Democrats say will last one year.

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