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19 May 2007 at 11:27 am #3427Martin WParticipant
From Greenpeace International, re ExxonMobil (Esso):Quote:This is the company which, apparently, has been “misunderstood” on global warming and has said it has dropped its funding of the deniers.
The ExxonSecrets people have gone through the documents, and found a clear answer: last year Exxon spent $2.1 million last year on 41 groups who are leading the climate sceptic industry.
While the company has been forced to drop the hottest potato of them all, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) and another particularly vocal denier, Steve “Junk Science” Milloy, the rest of them are still on the payroll.
Like who? The Heartland Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the George C Marshall Institute, the American Enterprise Institute… all the groups who’ve been at the heart of the climate change denial industry for more than a decade.
This company has now funded the climate change denial industry to the tune of $22 million since 1998. Last year the UK’s prestigious scientific body, the Royal Society, wrote to Exxon asking them to stop funding the groups who were “misinforming the public about the science of climate change”. Exxon indicated to the Royal Society that they had – and they would. In February this year Exxon did a big public relations round of the media, saying it had been “misunderstood” on climate change and gave the clear indication that it had dropped its funding of the climate sceptic industry.
“Exxon softens its stance on climate change” screamed the headlines. But very little has changed, except Exxon’s PR machine. It’s been business as usual at the Dallas HQ, no matter what they said in public.
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