Thursday, February 15, 2007


The following is from
Global Warming Skeptics: A Primer

Guess who's funding the global warming doubt shops?
Posted on: 12/19/2006

In 1998, Exxon devised a plan to stall action on global warming. The plan was outlined in an internal memo that promised, "Victory will be achieved when uncertainties in climate science become part of the conventional wisdom" for "average citizens" and "the media." (Read the memo [PDF].)

The company would recruit and train new scientists who lack a "history of visibility in the climate debate" and develop materials depicting supporters of action to cut greenhouse gas emissions as "out of touch with reality."
While there is no indication that ExxonMobil paid the climate skeptics directly and the scientists may have their own motivations for participating, the company poured millions of dollars into spreading its message worldwide. Here's where some of that money went.

The following information is from Exxon documents and the organizations' web sites. (Specific sources and links are listed below the table.)

Organization Receiving ExxonMobil Funding 2002-2003 2004 2005
Competitive Enterprise Institute $870,000 $270,000 $270,000
American Enterprise Institute $485,000 $230,000 $240,000
American Council for Capital Formation $444,523 $255,000 $360,000
Frontiers of Freedom $282,000 $250,000 $140,000
George C. Marshall Institute $185,000 $170,000 $115,000
National Center for Policy Analysis $105,000 $75,000 $75,000
Tech Central Station Science Foundation $95,000*
Heartland Institute $92,500* $100,000 $119,000
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow $72,000* $125,000 $90,000
Fraser Institute $60,000* $60,000
International Policy Network $50,000* $115,000 $130,000
Center for Study of Carbon Dioxide & Global Change $40,000* $25,000
American Council on Science and Health $35,000 $15,000 $25,000
Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy $27,500* $75,000 $30,000
Cato Institute $25,000* $15,000
Consumer Alert $25,000 $25,000
Independent Institute $20,000 $30,000
Advancement of Sound Science $20,000 $10,000
*These numbers are for the year 2003 alone.

The information above is from Exxon documents and the organizations' Web sites: Exxon's 2002 contributions [PDF], Exxon's 2003 contributions [PDF], Exxon's 2004 contributions [PDF] and Exxon's 2005 contributions [PDF].

Find Out More

They're taking their act on the road: Global warming skeptics shower their climate denials onto the U.K., according to the Guardian (1/27/05) There is more on this at,,2004399,00.html

For more information on the science of global warming and the politics of combating climate change, go to our Global Warming issue page

You may find further information on ExxonMobil's funding of global warming skeptics by visiting the database web site.

For details on the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act, the most effective bipartisan legislation to reduce America's emissions of greenhouse gases, visit

SNAVE'S NOTES: While I don't find any of this surprising at all, I still find it disgusting. How many other oil companies are funding these right-wing "think tanks"? I have heard some of my co-workers saying things like "I don't know about this global warming stuff. Some people are saying it isn't real." Well, congratulations to ExxonMobil and their buddies for planting the seeds of doubt.

What can we do to stem the damage from this?


Blogger PoliShifter said...

I wonder if all these wealthy oil fuckers sit around and talk about how they'll buy a spaceship and fly away once the shit hits the fan.

I wonder if they have self contained plush bunkers somewhere so they truly just don't have to give a shit about the rest of the planet.

Remember that fat triple chin fuck oil exec who retired and got a bonus of like $450 million dollars?

His name was Lee R. Raymond, an Exxon fuck. He made over $1 BILLION from 1993 to present for himself!!

What a fuck. What they hell is he going to do with all that money?

I guarantee he has a self-contained biodome somewhere and could give a shit about the planet.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

An awful lot of rightwing bloggers are on the "global warming is a hoax" bandwagon. I don't if they're on somebody's payroll, or if they're just super gullible and got sucked in by all the rhetoric.

There are lots of urban legends that we need to counter.

Who Hijacked Our Country

4:02 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Good point, Polishifter. This is our one and only place to stand.

Tom- I think one small part of the Right's resistance is the fact that Al Gore was right all along.
They really hate him.

Snave- great info.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Thanks for posting all of that, Snave. It's truly disgusting, indeed.

I hate to say stuff like this but, to all those right-wingers that think global warming is a hoax, may you be plucked from this earth by a super-tornado or hurricane.

I don't know what we can do to stem the damage from this, Snave. Elect Al Gore as our next President, perhaps?

6:49 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

And to all those Kool-Aid drinkers, I say "May the fetus you save be gay!"

9:54 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

Fission Fusion, Atoms for Peace - it's the same kind of program of misinformation and misdirection.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

HOLY SHIT!!! I'm FINALLY BACK!!! How've you been, Snave? Oh, and btw, having Exxon run a summit on global warming is akin to having Michael Jackson run a forum on the dangers of child molestation.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Sheryl said...

How bizarre! This very evening decided I should write a poem about Global warming and how people don't want to believe it for my friend's upcoming E-zine.

I was just looking at my dad's New Scientist magazines to try and find articles about it. Thanks for the links, Snave! :-)

8:28 PM  
Blogger james said...

This story reminds me of the propaganda campaigns put out by the tobacco companies. As was depicted in "Thank-you for Smoking."

12:39 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Hey MC! How are ya! I become more leftist as the days go by!! Hope you're doing well, and welcome back!

2:34 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I'm doing well. The motherboard on my old comp died, so when I got a new box, I chose to go Ubuntu Linux like I'd been talking about for months. Absolutely beautiful, and most aspects of setup were a dream. I've become more introspective and cantankerous by the day, and I've resurrected my blog at

3:41 PM  

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