Exxon: We believe in global warming, so we shouldn’t be criticised for funding global warming denialists
As everyone knows (or ought to know by now), one of main reason controversy over climate change is continuing in the face of overwhelming evidence is the fact that ExxonMobil has the cash spigot open to fund anyone willing to deny the evidence – the Competitive Enterprise Insitute, George Marshall Institute and the old tobacco industry network run by Steven Milloy, Fred Seitz and Fred Singer have been among the main beneficiaries. The Royal Society wrote to them recently, asking them to turn off the money tap.
The Royal Society’s letter and public statements to the media inaccurately and unfairly described our company.”
It went on: “We know that carbon emissions are one of the factors that contribute to climate change – we don’t debate or dispute this.”
So, they know the groups they are funding are lying, but they need to promote the idea that there is so much uncertainty that we should do nothing. The best way to do this is to create as much Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt as possible.