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Big oil holds 'fate of the planet in their hands': A look at the industry's disinformation campaign

Oil production units working in an oilfield in China on Sept. 17, 2021. (Dongxu Fang/Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Oil production units working in an oilfield in China on Sept. 17, 2021. (Dongxu Fang/Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

For years, companies like ExxonMobil and Shell have fudged scientific and economic data to protect business interests. Now, Congress is hosting a hearing with big oil CEOs for the first time about whether they mislead the public about climate change to delay action.

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley learns more about the industry’s disinformation campaign with Ben Franta, a historian of climate science and PhD candidate at Stanford University.

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