This may sound like old news to some but it's not: RawStory reports that the climate skeptic group Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change has considerable ties to oil giant ExxonMobil.
The NIPCC -- which bills itself as "Rebutting the IPCC with Authority" (though I'm not sure a similar name counts...) -- released the Climate Change Reconsidered report, together with The Heartland Institute. The latter proudly proclaims, "Global warming is a prime example of the alarmism that characterizes much of the environmental movement."
So where does the trail lead? Here's Raw Story's quick six degrees of ExxonMobil:
Since 1998, Heartland has taken $676,000 from Exxon. It may be guilt by association but Heartland's government relations advisor, Walter Buchholtz, was in 2004 a lobbyist for ExxonMobil.
The study's two authors -- S. Fred Singer and Craig D. Idso -- have both done research for or are otherwise affiliated with think tanks on the ExxonMobil tab (all figures are since 1998): Frontiers of Freedom ($1.27 million), George Marshall Institute ($840,000), National Center for Policy Analysis ($540,000), American Council on Science and Health ($150,000), The Cato Institute ($125,000), and The Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change ($100,000).
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