U.S. Congress puts Big Oil in the hot seat in climate deception probe

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Reuters

By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Congress on Thursday opened a year’s worth of investigations into whether Big Oil deceived Americans about its role in climate change, with Democratic lawmakers grilling the chiefs of four oil companies and two lobby groups. Environmental groups and their congressional allies hope the hearing evokes the Big Tobacco hearings of the 1990s, which began a shift in public opinion about that industry. Energy industry representatives plan to focus on their current support of climate action. “We will demand accountability from Big…

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