California Quizzes ExxonMobil For Worsening Plastic Pollution
State Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta has announced a first-of-its-kind investigation into the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries for their alleged role in causing and exacerbating a global crisis in plastic waste pollution, Amy Hubbard reported for the Los Angeles Times.
Photo Insert: ExxonMobil has denied the accusations.
Fossil fuels such as oil and gas are the raw material of most plastics. In recent decades, the accumulation of plastic waste has overwhelmed waterways and oceans, sickening marine life and threatening human health.
Bonta said his office had subpoenaed Exxon Mobil Corp., seeking information related to the company’s role in global plastics pollution: “For more than half a century,” he said, “the plastics industry has engaged in an aggressive campaign to deceive the public, perpetuating a myth that recycling can solve the plastics crisis.”
ExxonMobil denied the accusations. “We are focused on solutions,” a spokesperson said, “and meritless allegations like these distract from the important collaborative work that is underway to enhance waste management and improve circularity.”