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ExxonMobil Reveals Plans to Stay out of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Response to Green Century Shareholder Proposal

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Annie Sanders, Director of Shareholder Advocacy,, 773-272-6691; Pam Podger, Communications Director,, 860-822-3887

Boston, April 24, 2023 – In time to celebrate Earth Month, Green Century° withdrew a shareholder proposal asking ExxonMobil*, the largest oil and gas company in the U.S., to refrain from drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In its opposition statement to Green Century’s proposal, the company announced that it has no plans for new oil and gas exploration or development in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, nor in the broader arctic region.

“Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has never been a good idea. Not only would it destroy habitat for polar bears and caribou, it’s just bad business,” said Green Century President Leslie Samuelrich. “We’re glad ExxonMobil has acknowledged that reality and has no plans to drill in this pristine, national treasure.”

Protect Arctic By Not Drilling for Oil and Gas

In a similar vein, Green Century filed proposals calling on oil and gas giant Chevron Corporation to renounce drilling in the Arctic in both 2020 and 2021. Not long after, Chevron, along with Hilcorp Energy Company, paid $10M to terminate their leases in the Arctic Refuge. Last year, President Biden suspended oil leases auctioned off under the Trump administration, and major banks and insurers are increasingly committing not to back oil projects in the Arctic.

“It’s hard to imagine a viable business case for drilling in the Refuge at this point,” said Annie Sanders, Director of Shareholder Advocacy with Green Century. “It’s time for oil companies like ExxonMobil to commit to staying out of the Arctic Refuge for good – before irreparable damage is done to its fragile ecosystems, indigenous peoples’ sacred places, and our climate.”

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the calving ground of the Porcupine caribou herd as well as more than 200 bird species and 42 species of fish and 45 mammal species, including four threatened ones that are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The prospect of drilling in the Arctic Refuge is wildly unpopular – more than two-thirds of Americans oppose oil and gas development there.



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About Green Century

°Green Century Capital Management, Inc. (Green Century) is the investment advisor to the Green Century Funds (The Funds). The Green Century Funds are one of the first families of fossil fuel free mutual funds in the United States. Green Century Capital Management hosts an award-winning and in-house shareholder advocacy program and is the only mutual fund company in the U.S. wholly owned by environmental and public health nonprofit organizations.

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