The Biggest Takeaways From the Oil Executives Testifying on Climate Change

Oil executives were hit with tough questions about the energy industry’s role in the “debunked climate-change hoax.” The CEOs were grilled by the Republican members of the House Natural Resources Committee. But were those…

The Biggest Takeaways From the Oil Executives Testifying on Climate Change

Oil executives were hit with tough questions about the energy industry’s role in the “debunked climate-change hoax.” The CEOs were grilled by the Republican members of the House Natural Resources Committee. But were those questions based on fact? Let’s find out.

At the hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) pointed out some of the inaccuracies that already have been raised over global warming, and pointed to five big ones.

First, he said that fossil fuels are essential to economic growth and development. He also pointed out that if the U.S. didn’t produce its own oil, would we be in the middle of a national economic crisis?

Oil execs explained that the use of oil is not new, and has been necessary to humanity for the past several millennia.

Second, Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) pointed out that changes in weather are due to cycles that humans have helped cause and observed. She also said that a warming planet is good for us in terms of increasing productivity, more wildlife, and more crops, but that any drastic changes that are set to occur would be very harmful. Rep. Carbajal also said that she has faith in the United States to change things for the better.

Finally, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) questioned the oil executives about why the U.S. is not legally required to combat global warming.

“I’m still a believer that you would voluntarily, voluntarily come up with the kind of solution we should be aiming for,” said Rep. Lamborn. “I just feel like the steps that we’re taking in Congress are insufficient, and I still believe there’s an opportunity for our government to play a much more important role in this than it is doing now.”

Watch the full hearing in the video above.

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