Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna urged oil executives to own up to their history on climate change and make this a turning point in climate crisis.
“Spare us the spin today. We have no interest in it,” Khanna, the chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on the Environment, said during his opening remarks. “Spin doesn’t work under oath.”
Khanna urged Big Oil not to follow in the footsteps of Big Tobacco executives when they testified in 1994.
“They too faced a choice. They chose to lie under oath, deny that nicotine is addictive,” Khanna said. “That didn’t turn out too well for them.”
The Democrat from California urged the oil executives to be better.
“Today, don’t think of yourselves as CEOs,” Khanna said. “Think of yourselves as human beings.”