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Mon, 2007-01-29 10:15Kevin Grandia
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Kennedy slams Exxon's greenwash

Robert F. Kennedy has a great piece on uber-blog Huffington Post today on Exxon's new greenwashing campaign.

To quote: “In a quarter-page advertorial in Thursday's New York Times, ExxonMobil launched a new greenwashing campaign to salvage its earned reputation as Earth's number one global warming villain.”

Sun, 2007-01-28 18:51Jim Hoggan
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Dear Globe and Mail

I submitted the following letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail today:

Dear Editor,

While introducing a mostly excellent weekend package on climate change, Globe and Mail Editor-in- chief Edward Greenspon says, “We are in the business of promoting debate, not dogma…

Wed, 2007-01-17 09:21Richard Littlemore
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National Post Heralds Another Denier

“With the evolution of megacities, we now seem to feel that we are powerful enough to change the environment at our whim.”

Dr. Fred Michel in the National Post

The problem of climate change is not one of changing the environment “at our whim;” the problem is that we have been changing it inadvertently. Which means the question is not whether we are powerful enough to affect the environment around us…

Sat, 2007-01-13 10:34Jim Hoggan
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Exxon's Conversion: A Sober Second Look

Eager as we are to join the celebrations about ExxonMobil's recent climate change conversion, there are several reasons to question the sincerity of the world's biggest oil merchant .

The first is the most obvious: with the Democrats having secured control in both Houses of Congress, the energy industry expects it will soon face an outbreak of climate-change regulations. Exxon wants to be in the room to negotiate the effect of those regulations; it wants to be taken seriously on this issue and admitting the accuracy of the science is a necessary first step.
Thu, 2007-01-11 11:25Richard Littlemore
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Exxon Acknowledges Climate Change, cuts CEI's funding

“We know enough now - or, society knows enough now - that the risk is serious and action should be taken.”

Exxon Vice President for Public Affairs Kenneth Cohen

In an interview reported in the Wall Street Journal today, Kenneth Cohen began to shift Exxon's corporate positioning on climate change, accepting the reliability of the science and announcing that Exxon has stopped funding climate change deniers like the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).

Mon, 2007-01-08 14:13Ross Gelbspan
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A Skunk By Any Other Name . . .

ExxonMobil Chairman Rex Tillerson told a group of fund managers the company would not be changing its basic position on global warming - just explaining it better.

 

Sun, 2007-01-07 08:13Richard Littlemore
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Union of Concerned Scientists Slams Exxon-Tobacco Link

The tactical link between ExxonMobil's funded denial of climate change and the tobacco industry's organized denial of the health risks of its product have been documented in these pages before.

But this new paper (pdf.) by the Union of Concerned Scientist brings such discipline and rigor to this argument that its conclusions are undeniable: Exxon is spending a fortune to prop up a convenient lie; and it's using the same tactics and many of the same people that the tobacco industry used.

This paper should be required reading for every policy maker.

Update: here's what Exxon has to say.

Update: here's what the CEI has to say.

Wed, 2007-01-03 15:46Kevin Grandia
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And Exxon's response?

Here's and ABC news article outlining Exxon's response to the Union of Concerned Scientists well-written and scathing piece on ExxonMobil.

Choice quote from Exxon's spokeman, David Gardner: “Even with many scientific uncertainties, the risk that greenhouse gas emissions may have serious impacts justifies taking action. 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.”

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