ExxonMobil gave millions to climate-denying lawmakers

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(2014) Exxon published a deeply cynical rebuke in a report to investors. The oil company argued that, because it was “highly unlikely” that governments would address climate change, it was going to carry on drilling for oil and gas regardless.

The biggest oil company in the world, ExxonMobil, gave more than $2.3m to members of Congress and a corporate lobbying group that deny climate change and block efforts to fight climate change – eight years after pledging to stop its funding of climate denial, the Guardian reported.

  • Exxon channeled about $30m to researchers and activist groups promoting disinformation about global warming over the years, according to Greenpeace.
  • Since 2007, the oil company has given $1.87m to Republicans in Congress who deny climate change and an additional $454,000 to the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), according to financial and tax records.

A majority of Republicans in the House of Representatives and the Senate deny climate change or oppose action to fight climate change, according to the Center for American Progress.

Lobbies blocks actions

Corporate funding of climate denial is seen as a major barrier to US action on climate change – and dividing the US from Europe in addressing global warming.

Read the whole article ‘the Guardian

In 1981, ExxonMobil already know about climate change

ExxonMobil, suspected fossil fuels might be involved in climate change as early as 1981 – seven years before the issue hit the headlines, the firm’s former climate expert has revealed.

Lenny Bernstein, also a lead author on two climate science reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, wrote in an email that Exxon became interested in global warming when it was looking to develop a major gas field off the Indonesian coast,The Guardian reported.

The gas was 70 per cent carbon dioxide – an unusually high level – that would normally be vented into the atmosphere to make it usable as a fuel.

Amid concerns about future regulation to limit greenhouse gas emissions, the company decided not to pursue its interest in the field, although ExxonMobil said there could have been a “huge range of reasons” why the project did not go ahead.

In an email to Alyssa Bernstein, director of the Institute for Applied and Professional Ethics at Ohio University, Mr Bernstein, no relation, wrote:

“In the 1980s, Exxon needed to understand the potential for concerns about climate change to lead to regulation that would affect Natuna and other potential projects. They were well ahead of the rest of industry in this awareness.


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