2001 ExxonMobil’s Randol Memo to White House on IPCC Team

This February 6, 2001 fax and memorandum was sent to John Howard at the White House Center for Environmental Quality from Exxon lobbyist Randy Randol. The memo makes recommendations for changing the U.S. team working on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment while arguing for a delay to the proceedings themselves. The […]

1999 Shell Report “Listening and Responding – The Profits and Principles Advertising Campaign”

Following a far-reaching bribery scandal in Nigeria, the Brent Spar debacle, and the death of activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, Shell launched an advertising campaign called “Profits & Principles.” One of many internal and hard-to-find documents unearthed by Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent, this aspirational campaign marked a public goal that “the inwardly focused Shell must become a thing of the past.” The […]

1988 Shell Confidential Report “The Greenhouse Effect”

This 1988 Shell report, discovered by Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent, shines light on what the company knew about climate science, its own role in driving global CO2 emissions, the range of potential political and social responses to a warming world. The confidential report, “The Greenhouse Effect,” was authored by members of Shell’s Greenhouse Effect […]

2017 Green Tyranny: “The Truth About Climate Change”

This video is part of John Stossel’s “Green Tyranny” series. Green Tyranny originally aired on  Fox until Stossel began working with the Koch-funded Reason Foundation. Stossel was a host on Fox Business before switching to YouTube as his primary media platform.   The Green Tyranny series is comprised of short videos that focus on a […]

Mobil Speech Kit File

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 […]

2015 Bernie Sanders Letter Urging DOJ to Investigate Exxon

This 2015 document is a letter from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders to the U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Sanders details his concerns that ExxonMobil has been committing corporate fraud through its misinformation campaign related to climate change. In the letter, Sanders “respectfully request[s] the Department of Justice investigate [the] allegations,” that Exxon scientists knew that climate […]

2015 FOIA request revealing Exxon funding of Smithsonian climate researcher Soon

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 […]

2014 Western States Petroleum Association climate deception campaign

This 2014 document contains a presentation given by the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). The presentation begins by painting environmentalists and the climate change movement as bringing about, “the worst of times” for the fossil fuel industry. The presentation then details WSPA’s various campaigns and coalitions focused on “respond[ing] to aggressive anti-oil initiatives in the West” and “provid[ing] an opportunity for the […]

2014 Fred Singer “Merchants of Doubt” Emails

This is a leaked email from climate denialist Fred Singer to bloggers, scientists, peers, and public relations experts regarding the release of the documentary “Merchants of Doubt,” which profiles Singer (along with many of the people to whom he sent this email) as part of the network of climate change denial and legislative delay on […]

2014 Email from Leonard Bernstein to the Institute of Applied and Professional Ethics

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 […]

2012 Cato Addendum “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States”

This unofficial “addendum” to the assessment by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (now the Global Change Research Program) on “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States” was published by the Cato Institute in 2012. The Cato report was designed to be nearly identical to the government’s report, but the content is contradictory and […]

2010 Michaels CNN Interview Admitting Funding from Oil

This is an excerpt of a 2010 CNN interview with Cato Institute’s Director of Center for the Study of Science, Patrick Michaels. The interview reflects his admission  that roughly 40% of his research funding came from the oil industry. Zakaria: Let me ask you what people wonder about you, about advocates like you. you know, […]

2009 forged letters from coal industry to Congress

This document contains a compilation of several 2009 letters opposing the House climate change bill that were forged by, or on behalf of, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. The letters were part of a fraudulent correspondence scheme, led by the coal industry advocacy group, in which the industry’s lobbying arm pretended to be representatives from at […]