This ExxonMobil climate and energy public relations op ed series from 2003 features articles submitted to news publications including “Building the energy future, “A look back at a look ahead,” “Bridging to the automotive future,” “Building a more energy efficient world,” and “Energy Beyond 2020.” These articles paint oil and gas as the only reliable […]
US Global Climate Change Program Scientist Michael MacCracken 2002 Letter to ExxonMobil’s Lee Raymond
September 26, 2002 Retiring Senior Scientist for the Office of the U. S. Global Change Research Program, Michael MacCracken writes a letter to ExxonMobil’s Lee Raymond in response to criticism of the National Assessment and U.S. climate science in ExxonMobil advertising as well as the ExxonMobil fax from on February 6, 2001 from Randy Randol […]
This fax and memorandum dated February 6, 2001 from Exxon lobbyist Randy Randol to John Howard at the White House Center for Environmental Quality makes recommendations for changing the U.S. team working on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment and Synthesis Report and delaying IPCC proceedings.
In April 2000, Exxon published a collection of Op Eds it had submitted across the country in order to influence public understanding of the risks of climate change and proposed solutions. The series here includes articles entitled “Do No Harm,” “Unsettled Science,” “The Promise of Technology,” and “The Path Forward on Climate Change.” Each of […]
This pamphlet, circulated to both U.S. and international policy-makers questions whether climate change is man-made and if so, the extent of contribution of fossil fuels to the problem. Although statements in this pamphlet are partially true in that Exxon “carefully studied” the science behind climate change, it contradicts its own internal findings with early climate […]
John Brown, Group Executive for BP America gives a speech at Stanford on May 19, 1997 regarding climate change and how the company will help tackle the problem.
Exxon Corporation’s Spring 1996 Publication, “Global warming: who’s right? Facts about a debate that’s turned up more questions than answers,” includes a statement by then Exxon CEO Lee Raymond trumping up uncertainty in the science behind global warming as well as the cost of a carbon-restricted market. The publication cites to Exxon funded climate change […]
This compilation of documents contains information regarding the group Information Council on the Environment (also known as Informed Citizens for the Environment) or ICE, which was formed in 1991 to “reposition global warming as theory (not fact).” This collection reveals a public relations campaign run by Simmons advertising that tested target audiences in Fargo, ND, Flagstaff, […]
This entry contains two documents generated in early 1991 for the Information Council on the Environment or ICE. The first document is a “Test Market Proposal” for ICE that outlines a a half a million dollar campaign of “awareness” targeted in test media markets. ICE is a project sponsored by the utility trade group Edison […]
This document is a speech given by Mobil’s former President of Research and Development, Joseph V. D’Ambrisi, on June 8, 1989 in New York. This speech was given at the international public affairs meeting and it focuses on the importance of using Mobil technology to develop and foster environmental policies. The speech also outlines Mobil’s new environmental […]
October 17, 1983 letter from Alvin M. Natkin, Exxon’s manager of environmental affairs at Exxon’s Science and Technology Department to R.L. Preston of Esso Eastern regarding environmental concerns stemming from the Natuna gas project including harm sulfur and carbon dioxide emissions.
June 1, 1983 Mobil Oil Corporation status report published in the company’s environmental affairs and toxicology department discusses the atmospheric greenhouse effect, and asks the question, “is burning fossil fuels affecting world climate?” The Mobil status report notes that there are some scientists calling for actions to be made soon because of the “extremely long […]
Letter from Roger W. Cohen, Director of Exxon’s Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences to Peter Kimon, Exxon International Tanker Division canceling work of the CO2 Greenhouse Project on tanker “s/s Esso Atlantic” dated July 14, 1982.
Memo from the Exxon Science and Technology Department to CRL/CO2 Research Program reducing 1982 budget for research into the CO2 problem to be cut from $900,000 to $385,000 immediately, and to just $150,000 the following year.
“Climate Models and CO2 Warming: A Selective Review and Summary” prepared for the American Petroleum Institute by the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory March 16, 1982. The report includes a discussion on the types of models used to predict anthropocentric climate change. The report also highlights the fact that carbon dioxide concentration has increased since the beginning […]
February 3, 1981 letter from Gilbert Gervasi, scientist at Esso Eastern to G.A. Northington, Exxon Research and Engineering regarding CO2 calculations for the Natuna Gas Project finding “the total release of CO2 from producing Natuna gas and burning of LNG manufactured from the gas would be almost twice that emitted by burning the equivalent amount […]
Exxon’s R.J. Campion memo to J.T. Burgess regarding comments on the American Petroleum Institute’s background paper on CO2 effects. Exxon supports the “API conclusion that no industry research on CO2 (“Greenhouse”) Effects be initiated at this time.” Exxon also wants API’s paper to reflect that the earth is “now in a cooling phase, due to normal cyclic […]
A 1979 memo from Exxon’s R.J. Campion to W.W. Madden referencing Bill Slick’s need for information on atmospheric CO2 buildup as a potential emerging issue for the American Petroleum Institute to consider. Exxon recommended that this is not a high priority and referenced the Exxon Research and Engineering pilot “Greenhouse Project” study that measured CO2 […]
An email from Lenny Bernstein, ExxonMobil Chemical Engineer to the Director of the Ohio University Institute of Applied and Professional Ethics that discuses how Exxon was aware of climate change fueled by the fossil fuel industry back in 1981. In his email, Bernstein refers to a giant natural gas field in Indonesia that ExxonMobil did […]
This document details Mobil’s stances on a multitude of issues, including advertising bias, communist trade, the effect of oil prices on the world economy and the future of oil multinationals. The document provides short descriptions of Mobil’s involvement and position on a variety of relevant domestic and international problems. The document also contains a “speech […]
This document reveals that Exxon Mobil funded Wei-Hock Soon, a part-time researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. A 2015 Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Soon received funding from fossil-fuel interests but he subsequently failed to disclose in a string of scientific papers. The document shows that Exxon contributed $55,000 to Soon […]
Statement of Dr. James McCarthy Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight House Science Committee March 28, 2007
March 28, 2007 testimony of James McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography at Harvard University and former co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Third IPCC Assessment) testifying that Bush Administration appointees and a network of organizations funded ExxonMobil distorted and suppressed climate science, so as to confuse the American public.
This document contains a 2007 speech by Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson. His speech titled, “The State of the Energy Industry: Strengths, Realities, and Solutions” opened CERAWeek 2007, an annual international gathering of energy industry leaders, officials and policymakers. Tillerson begins by detailing the oil industry’s achievements, which includes “a record of accomplishment in ongoing improvements […]
This 2006 letter from U.S. Senators Snowe and Rockefeller to Exxon Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson criticizes Exxon for its climate denial efforts and “longstanding support of a small cadre of global climate change skeptics.” The Senators argue that Exxon’s climate denial strategy has made it difficult for the US to “demonstrate moral clarity,” and has […]
Ken Cohen, ExxonMobil Vice President of Public Affairs writes a letter on September 25, 2006 to the Royal Society responding to criticism and detailing the company’s history of involvement in climate change policy.
Letter from the Bob Ward at the Royal Society to Nick Thomas, Director of Corporate Affairs of Esso UK Limited discussing misleading messages about the science of climate change from Exxon and Exxon-funded organization.
Invitation for “Strategic Discussion Regarding the Clean Air Act” Sponsored by Heartland Institute 2006
This memo outlines an invitation from the Heartland Institute to discuss “public policy challenges related to the Clean Air Act.”