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ExxonMobil stops funding climate inactivists… again?

Filed under: ExxonMobil,news — stepanovich @ 16:49

cite as: F. Bi. 2008. ExxonMobil stops funding climate inactivists… again? Intl. J. Inact., 1:54

From Reuters, an article with a curious headline:

Exxon again cuts funds for climate change skeptics

“Again”? The first thing I thought when I saw the headline was, “wait, is this like the ‘global warming came to a halt in 1998… and it came to a halt in 2007, again’ thingy?” Well, yes and no:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp is pulling contributions to several groups that have downplayed the risks that greenhouse gas-emissions could lead to global warming, continuing a policy started in 2006 by Chief Executive Rex Tillerson. […]

The groups Exxon has stopped funding include the Capital Research Center, Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, Frontiers of Freedom Institute, the George C. Marshall Institute, and the Institute for Energy Research, according to Exxon spokesman Gantt Walton. […]

Tillerson has said that nations should work toward a global policy to fight climate change and in 2006 the company stopped funding a handful of groups that were climate change skeptics.

In other words, ExxonMobil didn’t do a thorough job the last time when they said that they’d stop funding inactivist groups — they didn’t cut the funding of all the groups, only some of them.

So I guess the question now is this: Which inactivist groups are ExxonMobil still funding?


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