In February 2009, Patrick Michaels appeared before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment to testify on “The Climate Crisis: National Security, Public Health, and Economic Threats.” He submitted a CV to the subcommittee which came under scrutiny for its omissions regarding Michaels’ financial and professional history with the fossil fuel industry. It also omits experience […]
An interview with climatologist Patrick Michaels, the current Director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute and past president of the American Association of State Climatologists. In the interview, Michaels diminishes carbon’s effect on global warming, dismisses rising global temperatures, and advocates for a “do nothing” public policy approach to […]
This compilation of documents contains contracts and correspondence related to scientist Wei Hock “Willie” Soon, his climate change research and his relationship with the corporate oil industry. Willie Soon’s climate change research has been consistently cited by parties seeking to doubt the human effect on climate change. Coincidentally, documents reveal that Soon received massive funding from the oil industry, especially Exxon, in relation to […]
This affidavit from Patrick Michaels, a known climate skeptic with deep ties to fossil fuel interests, reflects his participation in a 2007 lawsuit over Vermont’s changes to fuel emissions standards for new automobiles. Michaels is the Director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute, a conservative think-tank created and funded […]
This is the transcript of an hour-long “special report” edition of Glenn Beck’s Headline News show on CNN, aired May 2, 2007 and titled “Exposed: The Climate of Fear.” The show, which Beck proclaimed would present “the other side of the climate debate,” features many prominent industry-funded climate skeptics such as Patrick Michaels, John Christy, […]
2007 Statement of Dr. James McCarthy Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight House Science Committee
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 document contains a list of all of ExxonMobil’s financial contributions related to public information and policy research for the year. Overall, ExxonMobil contributed approximately $6.5 million. Notable contributions include: American Enterprise Institute ($240,000), American Legislative Exchange Council ($86,000), Cato Institute ($20,000) and the Frontiers of Freedom Institute ($180,000).
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.