The world’s biggest earth sciences organization has agreed to reconsider its decision to retain cash sponsorship ties to oil giant ExxonMobil after being told it had been “fooled” in a stinging letter from two members of Congress.
In the letter, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Representative Ted Lieu, both Democrats, told the American Geophysical Union (AGU): “You have been fooled. Whatever position AGU chooses to take, you should not take it based on self-serving representations by ExxonMobil.”
Last month, AGU announced its board had voted to continue a relationship with ExxonMobil. Now that decision is under review.