In case you wondered if those record Exxon-Mobil profits were going to constructive use, consider the story published in today’s Guardian newspaper in London:
“Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world's largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today,” the newspaper reports.
“Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).”
What – not the same American Enterprise Institute that has paid a “visiting fellow” to repeatedly attack Clean Air Watch?
I guess we are in good company, at least.
Our friends at the Union of Concerned Scientists noted last month that the oil giant had spread around a lot of money to cultivate doubt about global warming. http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N03432352.htm