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When it comes to the issue of climate change, no corporation has done better with this tricky little PR technique than ExxonMobil, which was castigated this week by the UK's prestigious Royal Society for funding organizations that work to spread doubt about the scientific consensus on climate change.
Of course, this type of ventriloquism is not without precedent.
The classic example is The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC), a front group that the PR firm APCO-Worldwide founded in 1993 on behalf of tobacco giant Philip Morris, specifically to question the health risks of Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS). TASSC then engaged experts to write papers in the industry’s defence.
So who are Exxon's ventriloquist dolls when it comes to the issue of climate change? In 2005 alone, ExxonMobil spent mjore than $2.4 million on organizations that say what Exxon hasn't got the credibility or the nerve to say itself.
Here's a list, as reported on ExxonMobile's 2005 Worldwide Giving Report:
Of course, in the Nation report of Pruden's imminent ousting, there is no mention of Pruden's back-water stance on climate change, instead it was that he is alleged to be rampantly racist and sexist.
Goodbye Wes, you can retire knowing you did everything you could to delay action on global warming, and apparently make the world just a little more intolerant of women and minorities. Maybe someday it will keep you up at night.
As MP Burke rightly states: “We should remember, when those with something to lose ignored the information about the dangers of smoking and asbestos, some very real victims emerged.”
Well said, and as regular DeSmog readers know full well, many of the same people who told us not to worry about tobacco smoke and asbestos are now telling us not to worry about climate change.
Here are a few examples:
Dr. S. Fred Singer
“The US has spent billions of dollars removing asbestos from schools, and for no good health reason.” (link)
On Climate Change
“So, the global climate doesn't seem to be warming, causing considerable embararassment to scientists.” (link)
Sounds like their is a lot of wishful thinking this Friday afternoon. Hopefully the rumours are true, as it would only make sense given California's recent global warming lawsuit against auto-makers and their recent climate change legislation.
Come on Governor, practice what you preach!