Maloney pressed ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods on public statements that the company's former CEO, Lee Raymond, made in the mid-1990s, versus what Exxon's own scientists were reporting to the company.
Maloney: "As the world was debating an agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, known as the Kyoto Protocol, here's what Mr. Raymond said in 1996, and I quote: 'Currently, the scientific evidence is inconclusive as to whether human activities are having a sig effect on the global climate,' end quote."
Maloney shared what she called a "secret briefing" from Exxon scientists in 1978 that said: "There's a general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through car dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels."
She asked Woods whether the former CEO's remarks were inconsistent with the views of Exxon's scientists.
Woods responded: "No, I do not agree that there was an inconsistency. ... And I think our position has continued to evolve with the scientific community."