The G20 announced in March it would go after “high-funded and morally vacant forces” that have stymied efforts to combat climate change.

“Fossil fuel companies that deceived investors and consumers about the dangers of climate change should be, must be held accountable,” Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said at the time, noting the “troubling disconnect between what Exxon knew, what industry folks knew, and the company and industry chose to share with investors and the American public.”

On Wednesday, Greenpeace executive director Annie Leonard responded to the letters stating, “America’s least-respected politicians have now courageously stepped up to defend one of America’s most-hated corporations from scrutiny. If these Representatives, who have historically low approval ratings, think they’re somehow helping Exxon’s public image with this nonsense, then they need to take some time away from lobbyist mixers and meet the people.”

“If Exxon knew its work made climate change worse and hid this information for profit, it should be held accountable, not protected by elected officials who are there to represent the American people, not corporations,” Leonard said. “Since 1999, these 13 elected officials have been paid millions in campaign contributions from coal, oil and gas companies, so this letter is more proof that the system works—for corporations.”

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