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Democratic senator to Pope: Big Oil is "duplicitous"

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse participates in a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Big oil companies set to meet with Pope Francis later this week are being "duplicitous" in their support for addressing climate change, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, says in a letter to the Pope dated Tuesday and being released today.

Why it matters: This letter is a window into the heart of the world’s climate and energy debate: To what degree big oil and gas companies, whose products are warming the Earth but also help run the global economy, are genuine about being part of the solution to climate change.