Here’s one to make you laugh or cry. For years, Exxon or Exxonsarous as it is sometimes known, has been the vanguard of the climate septics. It has funded some 40 right wing think tanks and front groups in an attempt to derail action on climate change. It has had undue influence at the White House. All you have to do is look at Exxonsecrets.org and you will see the evidence of Exxon’s misdemeanors laid bare.
Yesterday we blogged how finally the Royal Society had written to Exxon criticising them for taking the lead as a climate sceptic and for funding its network of groups. Well, in response, poor little Exxon has complained that the Royal Society has “inaccurately and unfairly” depicted it as a climate change sceptic.
Yesterday Exxon retaliated, saying: “The Royal Society’s letter and public statements to the media inaccurately and unfairly described our company.” It went on: “We know that carbon emissions are one of the factors that contribute to climate change – we don’t debate or dispute this.”
However, Exxon did admit it is reviewing the funding of various outside groups which were accused by the Royal Society of undermining the scientific consensus on global warming, but insisted this was an annual event.
It’s about time Exxon made it a permanent event and stopped funded these groups altogether and stopped crying fowl.