WHEREAS, newly revealed documents show that Exxon’s own scientists were aware of and studying the dangerous impacts of greenhouse gases in the 1970s and 1980s -- until Exxon’s leadership decided to shut down the research and promote climate denial instead, in order to protect the company’s unfathomably large profits, all as documented in the Los Angeles Times and Inside Climate News;
WHEREAS, climate change fueled by Exxon among other fossil fuel companies has dramatically affected California, from a four-year drought causing crop losses to heat-driven wildfires destroying homes to an anticipated record-breaking El Nino to sea level rise threatening Ventura, Port Hueneme, Oxnard, and the iconic California coastline, with impacts predicted to accelerate over time;
WHEREAS, the California Attorney General has the power to bring civil and criminal actions against wrongdoers whose actions harm the people of the state of California;
THEREFORE be it resolved that the Ventura County Democratic Party calls upon state Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate any breaches of California law by Exxon Mobil and its predecessors, and pursue all efforts to bring Exxon to justice in law and equity and make restitution to the state of California; and that this resolution be transmitted to the office of the California Attorney General, to State Senator Hannah Beth Jackson, chair of the State Senate Judiciary Committee, and to Governor Jerry Brown.
References: Inside Climate News, Exxon: The Road Not Taken
Los Angeles Times, What Exxon Knew About the Melting Arctic 10/9/2015
Los Angeles Times, How Exxon Went From Leader to Skeptic 10/23/2015
Submitted by RL Miller, 2d District delegate/Resolutions Committee chair