Oil Company Spent Nearly Million to Fund Skeptic Groups, Create Confusion
The Union of Concerned Scientists, 1/3/07
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists offers the most comprehensive
documentation to date of how ExxonMobil has adopted the tobacco industry's
disinformation tactics, as well as some of the same organizations and personnel,
to cloud the scientific understanding of climate change and delay action on the issue.
According to the report, ExxonMobil has funneled nearly million between 1998
and 2005 to a network of 43 advocacy organizations that seek to confuse the public
on global warming science.
"ExxonMobil has manufactured uncertainty about the human causes of global warming
just as tobacco companies denied their product caused lung cancer," said Alden Meyer,
the Union of Concerned Scientists' Director of Strategy & Policy. "A modest but effective
investment has allowed the oil giant to fuel doubt about global warming to delay government
action just as Big Tobacco did for over 40 years."
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