Exxon Cancels Payments to Climate Change Denial Groups

Posted: May 30th, 2008 by: h-2

All you idiots who blithely repeated the publishings of Exxon sponsored anti global warming / climate change groups as if you were doing some kind of ‘critical thinking’ are going to have to go out and find new flakes to listen to, sorry to give you the bad news…

Due to some shareholder pressure, primarily from the Rockefeller family, Exxon has agreed, finally, to stop funding some, but not all, note, of it’s anti-global warming pseudo researchers

The oil giant ExxonMobil has admitted that its support for lobby groups that question the science of climate change may have hindered action to tackle global warming. In its corporate citizenship report, released last week, ExxonMobil says it intends to cut funds to several groups that “divert attention” from the need to find new sources of clean energy.

The ExxonMobil report says: “In 2008 we will discontinue contributions to several public policy research groups whose position on climate change could divert attention from the important discussion on how the world will secure the energy required for economic growth in an environmentally responsible manner.”

Nine groups have reportedly lost the company’s support, including the George C Marshall Institute, the Washington DC-based think tank that asserts there is no scientific consensus on climate change, and that changes in the sun, not greenhouse gases, could be responsible for rising temperatures.

Greenpeace says ExxonMobil continues to fund over “two dozen other organisations who question the science of global warming or attack policies to solve the crisis.”
Exxon to cut funding to climate change denial groups, The Guardian, May 28 2008

Remember, for profit corporations have one and only one interest: profit, aka, maximizing shareholder value. This is their essence, and the only way they will change is if you force them, through legal means, or pressure like this shareholder action. Exxon never believed this crap, they simply, and correctly, see the need to cut CO2 emissions as a business expense that they would like to avoid. So they spend a pittance funding these intellectual whores who have made a career out of denialist pseudo-science.

Next time you hear some idiot spouting some nonsense that helps a huge corporation ‘maximize shareholder value’ by disseminating lies and half-truths, try to not fall for it, ok? I’m thinking of a few people I’ve heard repeat this crap as if they were actually being ‘critical’…. far too many people, in fact…

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