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Amid the fresh outrages over the Trump administration’s budget proposal, the GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and Muslim Ban 2.0, another scandal is quietly simmering. It’s a story about big oil’s lies and Wall Street corruption that hasn’t gotten anywhere near the attention it deserves.

It starts with a shady character named Wayne Tracker – or, as you may know him, Rex Tillerson. Tillerson, of course, is Donald Trump’s secretary of state. Prior to joining the Trump administration, he served as CEO of the fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil for over a decade.

Decades ago, Exxon’s own scientists concluded that carbon dioxide emissions, an inevitable byproduct of burning fossil fuels, are causing climate change. Yet the company buried those findings and instead funded pseudo-scientific studies purporting to deny or downplay legitimate science.

Investigators in the New York attorney general’s office suspect this wasn’t just a colossal crime against the environment; it might also be a massive financial fraud.

Read the full article on U.S. News and World Report’s website. 

Basav Sen is the director of the Climate Justice Project at the Institute for Policy Studies.