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ExxonMobil Responds to Union of Concerned Scientists (Funding of Global Warming Denial Efforts)
ExxonMobil ^ | January 4, 2007 | ExxonMobil

Posted on 01/05/2007 10:29:36 AM PST by cogitator

Press Release:

ExxonMobil's Response to a Report by the Union of Concerned Scientists

ExxonMobil believes the Union of Concerned Scientists' paper is deeply offensive and wrong.

ExxonMobil engages in public policy discussions by encouraging serious inquiry, analysis, the sharing of information and transparency.

Our support of scientific research on climate change is made public on our web site and it includes more than 40 peer reviewed papers authored by ExxonMobil scientists, and our participation on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and numerous related scientific bodies. While there is more to learn on climate science, what is clear today is that greenhouse gas emissions are one of the factors that contribute to climate change, and that the use of fossil fuels is a major source of these emissions.

With regard to contributions that ExxonMobil provides to various public policy organizations, our support is transparent and appears on our web site. The support extends to a fairly broad array of organizations that research significant domestic and foreign policy issues and promote discussion on issues of direct relevance to the company. These groups range from the Brookings Institution to the American Enterprise Institute and from the Council on Foreign Relations to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

As these organizations are independent of their corporate sponsors and are tax-exempt, we don’t control their views and messages, and they do not speak on our behalf. In many cases and with respect to the full range of policy positions taken by these organizations, we find some of them persuasive and enlightening, and some not. We annually review our support of tax-exempt organizations and make appropriate adjustments. In addition, we publish the complete list of such organizations on our web site - and we update this list once per year.

Supporting scientific and public policy research leads to better informed and more open discussion of options to address such a serious, global issue as climate change.

Supplementary article:

Scientists say Exxon misinforms public
Oil giant: Group trying to defame name on global-warming issue
(excerpted to focus on ExxonMobil's statements)

WASHINGTON — ExxonMobil Corp. gave $16 million to 43 ideological groups between 1998 and 2005 in an effort to mislead the public by discrediting the science behind global warming, the Union of Concerned Scientists asserted Wednesday.


ExxonMobil called the scientists’ report Wednesday “yet another attempt to smear our name and confuse the discussion of the serious issue of CO2 emissions and global climate change.”

ExxonMobil lists on its Web site nearly $133 million in 2005 contributions globally, including $6.8 million for “public information and policy research” distributed to more than 140 think tanks, universities, foundations, associations and other groups.


The company said its financial support doesn’t mean control over any group’s views.

“We find some of them persuasive and enlightening, and some not,” ExxonMobil spokesman Dave Gardner said. “But there is value in the debate they prompt if it can lead to better informed and more optimal public policy decisions.”

He said the company believes that despite many scientific uncertainties, the risk that greenhouse gas emissions may have serious environmental effects justifies taking action to limit them.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: climate; exxonmobil; globalwarming; policy; science; ucs; warming
I thought that the response from the spokesman was a bit more than the corporation's directors may have wanted, based on the tone of the press release.
1 posted on 01/05/2007 10:29:37 AM PST by cogitator
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To: cogitator
The Union of Concerned Scientists are pissed that they aren't getting some of that money...

2 posted on 01/05/2007 10:34:47 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: cogitator

Fox was covering that EM spent 16 million on funding think tanks that Global Warm is a hoax but never noted the hundreds of millions government spends on funding to force this on us.

3 posted on 01/05/2007 10:35:57 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: cogitator

These guys are laughable! Who elected them to decide whether their theory of global warming is absolute fact?

4 posted on 01/05/2007 10:41:50 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: cogitator

The UCS appear to be unreformed Lysenkoists.

5 posted on 01/05/2007 10:44:34 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: RightWhale

Who funds the Union of Corrupt Scientists? Have they ever disclosed the sources of their own funding?

6 posted on 01/05/2007 10:55:59 AM PST by Virginia Gentleman
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To: cogitator

Liberals are Laffer Curve Deniers.

7 posted on 01/05/2007 11:10:00 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Heads up, people! The Nazis are back. They're more numerous and gearing up with atomic weapons.)
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To: edcoil


8 posted on 01/05/2007 11:16:21 AM PST by CPT Clay (Drill ANWR, Personal Accounts NOW.)
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To: Virginia Gentleman
There's some info on their funding sources here: NPO Spotlight: Union of Concerned Scientists
9 posted on 01/05/2007 11:18:42 AM PST by cogitator
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To: edcoil
Now even the Weather Channel has been co-opted by the liberal MSM.
10 posted on 01/05/2007 11:20:22 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: roses of sharon

Its not the MSM as much as government. It is the only avenue left for government to raise taxes, take property and engorge its power controlling the masses.

The MSM is just big pro-government.

11 posted on 01/05/2007 11:24:15 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: edcoil
I believe the MSM are government.

Their communication monopoly power to blackmail policymakers is absolute and complete. As is their funding of certain pols, and not funding others, their power to run ads, and their power to not run ads, their power to leak certain info, or not leak info, their power to spread lies, and not spread truth,ect.

When was the last time the MSM did not get their way (eventually) policy-wise?
12 posted on 01/05/2007 11:32:36 AM PST by roses of sharon
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To: roses of sharon

The MSM learned their lesson from the movie "Mr. Smith goes to Washington."

There the MSM was able to effectivly obliterate the "good guy".

The MSM spin was never reversed. That is what they learned. (also that as long as they can surpress anyone from having a moment of confession and honesty they have nobody to stop them.)

13 posted on 01/05/2007 12:14:05 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! and
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To: cogitator
Good for Exxon for responding to these nut-bars.

BTW, membership in UCS, and signing their letters & petitions as "Scientists," has very little to do having specialized knowledge in the particular area of science being touted. I know, because they used to call me to sign things when I was a quasi-liberal, because I had a masters (now one among others)in a "Social science" discipline, namely psychology (Clinical) for signing things well outside that discipline back in the mid-70s, when I played with being a Democrat. (Statute of limitations for being a democrat have probably lapsed over the past 30 years of being a member of the VRWC.) They said (more or less): "Congratulations: You're a scientist."

They are a POLITICAL organization only, and a far left one at that, and their opinions have nothing to do with science and everything to do with Leftsits Politics, obviously.

(I know how they think & its not pretty. They're basically Marxists, or at least their staff & leadership are.)
14 posted on 01/14/2007 8:37:15 AM PST by FReethesheeples (Was the Narcissistic Joe Wilson a Source in "Outing" His Own Wife Valerie Plame as a "CIA Agent"?)
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