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 memo takes issue with “Clinton/Gore carry-overs with aggressive agendas.” Specifically, Randol lists Jeff Moitke, Rosina Bierbaum, and Michael MacCracken and asks if they have “been removed from their positions of influence?” He also targeted the IPCC Chairman, Robert Watson, asking “[c]an Watson be replaced now at the at the request of the U.S.?” The document also suggests that climate deniers Richard Lindzen and John Cristy be appointed to various posts in the IPCC.

In 2002, the State Department chose not to renominate Dr. Watson.

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