ExxonMobil Found to Still Fund Climate Skeptic Groups, After Pledges to Stop
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Despite pledges from ExxonMobil that it would cease funding groups which question the scientific validity of global climate change, last year the company "handed over hundreds of thousands of pounds" to climate skeptic groups, The Guardian reports:Among the groups receiving funding were the National Center for Policy Analysis, which received $75,000, and advocates that not only are the causes of global warming not sufficiently known, but that there is "little or nothing to prevent global warming regardless of its cause."
The Heritage Foundation was also singled out, the group receiving $50,000 in 2008.
If You Fund Skeptic Groups, At Least Be Honest About ItThe Guardian quotes Bob Ward of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics on the significance of this,
ExxonMobil has been briefing journalists for three years that they were going to stop funding these groups. The reality is that they are still doing it. If the world's largest oil company wants to fund climate change denial then it should be upfront about it, and not tell people it has stopped.Exxon Takes Climate Change "Very Seriously"For its part an ExxonMobil spokesperson responded by saying that, "We have the same concerns as people everywhere, and that is how to provide the world with the energy it needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We take the issue of climate change very seriously and the risks warrant action."
Which is perfectly adequate response, but if that's the truth then why give any money to groups that actively campaign to delay action on climate change and call into doubt the science using pseudo-scientific methodology? The Heritage Foundation is notorious for blurring the distinction between weather and climate, citing short periods of cooler weather as definitive proof that climate change is a bunch of hooey, despite an upward long-term warming trend.
For a company of ExxonMobil's size and business savvy they must know that the world is watching their every move on climate change, so why fund groups which the green community will take issue with at all?
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