Exxon's Greenwash

ExxonMobil recently launched a new ad campaign that is a significant flip-flop from their years of denial that climate change is not a problem.

Perhaps this as good time as any to review some of Exxon's past conduct around climate change.

Scientists Warn, Politicians Scorn

The world’s leading scientists this week issued yet another statement urging immediate action on climate change. The latest call to action was authored by the Science Academies of all the G8 nations, as well as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa.

While all this has been said before, the world’s political leaders appear to have a hearing problem. Last week, US Senate killed the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act after Republican members forced the clerks to read the entire 492-page bill.

Republicans: still clueless about their own emissions

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce represents the second congressional district in New Mexico. The effect of climate change on nearly every aspect of life have been noted, and are predicted to be profound unless action is taken (reports ). However, Pearce's head is deep in the White Sands , because he's convinced that:

“The entire question of global warming is one that has a lot of myth associated with it and probably less science.”

Debate with Rep. Wilson (R-NM01), April 29, 2008, Los Alamos, New Mexico (video)

It's even sadder that his view is shared by 74% of his fellow Republican lawmakers.

Fox News: Global Warming Deniers Crazy Like Man Stuck in Toilet

Here's one for the record.

Fox News, anchor Shep Smith was reporting on the bizarre story of a man who was found “drunk, naked and wedged up to his waist in a toilet” when he made the comparison to “people who deny the whole global warming thing.” “They’re just a little crazy, you know?” said Smith. “What do you do?”

Here's the clip:

Lieberman-Warner Climate Bill Voted Down by Big Oil

A little data-crunching by the folks at Oil Change International finds that Senators who voted against the Lieberman- Warner Climate Security Act have received on average 3 times more oil money than those who voted for the Bill since 2000.

Avg Oil/Gas Money Per Vote

Yea (48) $54,948
Nay (36) $159,288

Check out Oil Change International's Follow the Money tool - a great resource for tracking the oil lobby's influence over elected representatives.

With such a close vote, do you think Lieberman-Warner would have passed if there was no such thing as an oil lobby in Washington?

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