Exxon Mobil misinforming public on global warming?

January 4, 2007

No shit, no one had noticed:

WASHINGTON: Exxon Mobil Corp. gave $16 million to 43 ideological groups between 1998 and 2005 in a coordinated effort to mislead the public by discrediting the science behind global warming, the Union of Concerned Scientists asserted Wednesday.

The report by the science-based nonprofit advocacy group mirrors similar claims by Britain’s leading scientific academy. Last September, The Royal Society wrote the oil company asking it to halt support for groups that “misrepresented the science of climate change.”

Just $16 million? That’s not a lot of money – when was the last time you gave away $16 million?

Exxon Mobil lists on its Web site nearly $133 million in 2005 contributions globally, including $6.8 million for “public information and policy research” distributed to more than 140 think-tanks, universities, foundations, associations and other groups. Some of those have publicly disputed the link between greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

But in September, the company said in response to the Royal Society that it funded groups which research “significant policy issues and promote informed discussion on issues of direct relevance to the company.” It said the groups do not speak for the company.

They just gave them $16 million, but think-thanks like the Heritage foundation (sorry, I’m not going to link to that piece of shit website) don’t speak for Exxon Mobile. Of course not. If you believe that, then I’m a pretty ballet dancer.

Ballet dancer