1981 Exxon Report on Potential Climate Change Research Programs

This 1981 document contains a scoping study conducted by Exxon to determine whether the company should develop a more comprehensive research plan to address climate change and atmospheric C02 levels. In sum, the study concludes that Exxon should not expand its climate change research and development because its current programs “are adequate to serve Exxon’s needs.” In addition, the study reveals the corporation did not extend its R&E program because no federal government funding would be available.

The study reveals that Exxon officials admit to conducting climate change research as early as 1979. In addition, the study reveals that Exxon officials were considering how their R&E programs could influence the public and Congress. Lastly, the study reveals that Exxon found it necessary to also focus its research on international climate change development and research programs.

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