Tag Archives: pollution

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 […]

1996 American Petroleum Institute book “Reinventing Energy”

Responding to the public’s awareness of anthropogenic climate change, American Petroleum Institute’s (API) 1996 “Reinventing Energy: Making the Right Choices,” supported climate denial and argued for inaction. On behalf of its corporate membership comprised of oil majors, API’s interdepartmental team of economists, government affairs staffers, and “strategic communications” experts discussed public health and environmental safety […]

1984 Speech on Mobil’s “Environmental Perspective”

This document is a speech regarding Mobil’s environmental commitment, given by employee J.P. McCullough on April 24, 1984. The speech begins by noting that Mobil is in its “4th” generation of commitment to the environment, and goes on to describe the causes that influenced that commitment. McCullough says Mobil began its commitment to the environment as early […]

1979 Climate Research Board: “Carbon Dioxide and Climate: A Scientific Assessment”

At the request of President Carter’s Executive Office, the National Academy of Sciences convened the Climate Research Board to assess the scientific basis for “future climatic changes resulting from man-made releases of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.” The study concludes that at the present rate of carbon emissions the global surface will warm 2 to […]

1971 Esso Engineering correspondence on Impact of Federal Air Pollution Regulations

This document is a 1971 Correspondence between Esso Engineering executives details the predicted impact of federal emission standards regulations.  A memo within this collection of documents summarizes the applicability and impact of each 1970 Clean Air Act provision on Esso Engineering’s operations and designs. The correspondence also includes a memo from the HRTC Task Force on […]

1967 API Public Opinion Survey on Air and Water Pollution

A 1967 survey conducted on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute to gauge the public’s understanding of water and air pollution and their respective attitudes toward industry accountability. The API interprets the survey to reflect that the “public at large” is unaware of what industry is doing to reduce pollution and that, as a result, […]

1965 President’s Science Advisory Committee Report on Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

“Restoring the Quality of Our Environment” is a comprehensive report by President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Science Advisory Committee which warns of the impacts of pollution and humanity’s role in addressing the future. The panel suggests “economic incentives to discourage pollution” in which “special taxes would be levied against polluters.” The Committee reports on a wide […]

1961 Esso Standard Report on the Petroleum Industries’ Air Pollution Control Program

This document is a 1961 report by G.A. Lloyd, the coordinator of public affairs for Esso Standard of ExxonMobil titled “The Petroleum Industries’ Air Pollution Control Program.”  Lloyd was also the chairman of the Information Committee of the American Petroleum Institute’s Smoke and Fumes Committee. In this piece, Lloyd details API’s air pollution research, which, […]

1958 API Smoke and Fumes Committee’s article “A Review of the Air Pollution Research Program of the Smoke and Fumes Committee of the American Petroleum Institute”

This document is a 1958 report by Executive Secretary of API’s Smoke and Fumes Committee, Charles Jones, titled, “A Review of the Air Pollution Research Program of the Smoke and Fumes Committee of the American Petroleum Institute.”  The report signifies that the oil industry was conducting studies to determine the effect of fossil fuel sources […]

1954 American Petroleum Institute Smoke and Fumes Committee Article “The Petroleum Industry Sponsors Air Pollution Research”

This document is a 1954 article written by Vance Jenkins on behalf of the American Petroleum Institute’s Smoke and Fumes Committee, titled “The Petroleum Industry Sponsors Air Pollution Research.”  The article reveals that oil industry executives were aware that air pollution could become a “very serious problem” as early as the 1920’s. Jenkins argues that government […]