Today, attorneys representing 21 young people in their federal climate lawsuit, sought to obtain testimony from Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil and President-elect Trump’s candidate for Secretary of State. The Notice seeks Tillerson’s testimony by way of deposition on January 19, 2017 in Dallas, TX. The Notice was served on Sidley Austin, the law firm representing three defendants in the constitutional climate lawsuit: American Petroleum Institute (API), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM). In his deposition, Tillerson will be asked questions about his knowledge relevant to the youths’ claims that their constitutional rights have been violated.As CEO of ExxonMobil, Tillerson has unique personal knowledge of the fossil fuel industry’s historical relationship with the federal government. Tillerson and Exxon also have been important leaders in API, NAM, and AFPM – the trade associations that joined the federal climate lawsuit as defendants. Tillerson serves on the board of API and he and other Exxon executives also serve on the board of NAM. The youth plaintiffs seek to prove these trade associations have known about the dangers of climate change since the 1960s and have successfully worked to prevent the government from taking the necessary steps to fully address climate change.
For Immediate Release December 29, 2016 Contacts: Julia Olson, 415-786-4825, Julia@ourchildrenstrust.org Philip Gregory, 650-697-6000, email@example.com To set up interviews with youth plaintiffs, contact: Meg Ward, 503-341-8590, firstname.lastname@example.org