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Exxon Is STILL Funding Climate Change Deniers

Exxon Is STILL Funding Climate Change Deniers

ExxonMobil gave $1.5 million to groups that deny climate change, according to an article in the Times of London last week. Greenpeace’s ExxonSecrets project documented almost $25 million given by the company since 1998 to climate change denial groups.

According to Greenpeace’s tabulations based on Exxon’s Worldwide Giving Report, the oil company gave about $1.3 million to climate change denial groups in 2009. Greenpeace also found that  Exxon decreased its donations to climate change denial groups from 2005’s $3.5 million, and the number of groups funded dropped from 51 to 24.

Exxon pledged in 2007 to stop funding climate change denial groups. In its 2007 Corporate Citizenship Report, Exxon said:

In 2008 we will discontinue contributions to several public policy groups whose position on climate change could divert attention from the important discussion on how the world will secure energy required for economic growth in an environmentally responsible manner.

“Some of Exxon’s largest donations were to groups that lobbied against a global deal on emissions being reached at the climate summit last December in Copenhagen,” the Times’ article stated. “Exxon could see the value of its oil and gas investments fall sharply if governments adopt aggressive plans to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.”

Exxon said it did not have funding ties with last year’s International Conference on Climate Change, an annual event put on by the Heartland Institute. However, the list published by Exxon this month of its “2009 worldwide contributions and investments” showed that it gave four cosponsors of the event $275,000 and $1 million to 20 other climate change denial groups. The four cosponsors were the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Media Research Center, the Pacific Research Institute and the Heritage Foundation.

After the Times contacted Exxon, the company announced it would not fund the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, the Media Research Centre or the Pacific Research Institute, but made no mention of the other 21 groups it gave money to last year.

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8:11PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thank you.

8:10PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thank you.

8:09PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thank you.

8:08PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thank you.

8:08PM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thank you.

7:57AM PDT on May 22, 2011

Nearly every climate scientist and all of the major scientific societies like the National Academy of Science and the American Physical Society and the American Geophysical Society have confirmed the reality of climate change. Even the Catholic church has affirmed it. The only people who seem to truly believe in climate change is those who are being supported by the polluters and those who believe their propaganda.

11:17AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

Good for Exxon. I would buy all my gas from them.

5:47AM PDT on Aug 24, 2010

They will not stop until the money is gone. Advance past the poison they sell! Boycott them. I spent over ten thousand dollars convert my home away from OIL HEAT just to boycott this evil company. Never again in the winter will ANY oil company get a penny from me I have taken my money away from you and so should everyone else on this planet! They love money more than life and the LOVE of money is the root to ALL Evil. Spend your money looking for ways to use oil in a clean way as science might be able to do this if funding was there. Advance!!

10:44AM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

You are deliberately distorting some of the record here. Organizations like the Heritage Foundation exist primarily to espouse limited government and effect a reorientation in American politics toward that end. They are NOT exclusively or even primarily involved in climate change "denial". In that area they focus primarily on the ECONOMIC impacts of various proposed pieces of legislation, and on cost-benefit analyses of these.

In such analyses, they often rely on estimates of benefits derived from the models developed by the IPCC and other similar organization, while noting parenthetically that there is some question about the quantitative validity of such models. But as far as I know, they do not put forward any original research claiming the validity of any alternate theories of climate science. Their areas of expertise in this domain are in the interpretation of the quantitative aspects of the output of other models, and in the development of the economic consequences of actions.

They concluded, for example, that the Waxman-Markey bill would cost about $9 trillion and, according to the results of the IPCC model (under ceteris paribus assumptions) result in a net lowering of global warming by an unmeasurable few thousandths of a degree C by 2050.

You're just sore because they disagree with you politically.

3:08AM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Another example of an oil company that pretends to suppor change then is shown to be supporting the very things it claims to be working against.

When will they work it out, their dependancy on fossil fuels is like burying their heads in the sand. The supply of fossil fuels is finite, nothing you can do or say will stop the depletion of these fuels will result in their ultimate demise.

For them to continue, then they have to accept the evidence in front of them, move forward, addopt policies that will work toward halting the dessimation of planet and put money in to the pot, for us to enjoy a our world in perpetituity.

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