[NetBehaviour] ExxonMobil’s disinformation tactics on climate change.

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Sat Jan 6 14:58:17 CET 2007

Scientists' Report Documents ExxonMobil’s Tobacco-like Disinformation 
Campaign on Global Warming Science
Oil Company Spent Nearly $16 Million to Fund Skeptic Groups, Create 

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 3–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 $16 
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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