Three environmental justice and corporate accountability groups filed a “first-of-its-kind” complaint with the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday accusing oil giant Chevron of deceiving the public by overstating its investment in renewable energy sources and commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to extract fossil fuels that put vulnerable communities in harm’s way. “Chevron is trying to appeal to consumers that care about the climate, the planet, and racial justice—while doubling down on climate-wrecking fossil fuels that pollute our communities and destabilize the global climate, as our complaint shows,” Julieta Biegner, U.S. communications and campaign officer at Global Witness, said in a statement. Urging the FTC to “take swift action and show big polluters they cannot get away with ‘greenwashing,’” Biegner added that “this practice cannot go unchecked, and is in fact what the FTC’s Green Guides were designed to do: prevent companies from misleading consumers with egregious claims about the environmental impacts of their products.” In 1992, the FTC—which is tasked with “protecting consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices”—established a set of principles called the “ Green Guides ” to shield consumers from the growing trend of misleading environmental claims, commonly referred […]


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