The left seems to have developed a communication problem.
On Tuesday night, House Democrats announced they would summon the heads of big oil companies to the Capitol to answer their questions about rising gas prices. The CEOs of Chevron, Devon, Exxon Mobil, Pioneer Natural Resources and the presidents of Shell USA and BP America are all expected to be witnesses.
“Fossil fuel companies aren’t doing enough to ease the pain at the pump, instead lining their pockets with one hand while sitting on the other,” the Democrats said. “It’s time to understand why oil companies are content to watch Americans suffer so their shareholders and executives can reap huge profits.”
Unfortunately for those who championed the idea that the oil companies were intentionally starving us of oil, the next day a massive coalition of climate change alarmist groups released their report titled “Banking on Climate Chaos: Fossil Fuel Finance Report 2022”. The report actually contains the news that the four largest US banks have cut their fossil fuel funding by almost 15% between 2019 and 2021. This, however, is not seen as a sign of progress but as a sign that the banks are dragging their feet to get out of the fossil fuel sector.
The last section of the report is called “findings and requests” because of course that is the case. It’s never enough to just conclude for the left or make recommendations. It must be requests. Thus, the conclusions and demand section begins with the following demand: “Prohibit all funding for all fossil fuel expansion projects and for all companies developing fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure throughout the value chain.” In other words, they demand an end to all funding for the very thing Democrats are holding hearings to investigate.
We are tempted to come to the hearing with this same document. Maybe they can call it all off.