January 05, 2007
by: jovial_cynic
While I hate partisanship and don't align myself with either political party, I do believe that Democrats generally do a better job taking care of the environment than the Republicans have in recent years. And when a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists reveals that ExxonMobil's oily tentacles have wrapped themselves around the issue of global warming, maybe it's a good thing that environmentally-conscious Democrats are in the majority.

According to the report, ExxonMobil has funneled nearly $16 million between 1998 and 2005 to a network of 43 advocacy organizations that seek to confuse the public on global warming science.


ExxonMobil-funded organizations consist of an overlapping collection of individuals serving as staff, board members, and scientific advisors that publish and re-publish the works of a small group of climate change contrarians. The George C. Marshall Institute, for instance, which has received $630,000 from ExxonMobil, recently touted a book edited by Patrick Michaels, a long-time climate change contrarian who is affiliated with at least 11 organizations funded by ExxonMobil. Similarly, ExxonMobil funds a number of lesser-known groups such as the Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy and Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. Both groups promote the work of several climate change contrarians, including Sallie Baliunas, an astrophysicist who is affiliated with at least nine ExxonMobil-funded groups.

If ExxonMobil is dumping millions into misinformation propaganda, it's a good indicator of how much they stand to lose if the US adopts an anti-global-warming campaign and imposes more strict environmental laws.
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