WASHINGTON - February 14 -
BRENDA EKWURZEL, via Aaron Huertas, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Ekwurzel is a climate scientist with the Union of Concerned
Scientists, which recently released a report titled "Smoke, Mirrors and
Hot Air: How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco's Tactics to 'Manufacture
Uncertainty' on Climate Change." The report states: "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
TOM JACKSON, email@example.com, http://www.worldoutofbalance.org
Jackson is the director-writer of the new documentary film "Out of
Balance: ExxonMobil's Impact on Climate Change". He said today: "While
reporting another record year of earnings, ExxonMobil has also recently
started its own media blitz, attempting to convince the public that they
have changed their ways with regard to climate change. In the past few
weeks, through mainstream media outlets like MSNBC, ExxonMobil has
implied that they aren't funding climate change skeptics anymore, but
they actually only specify the Competitive Enterprise Institute --
they've funded many more organizations than that.
"Barely a week later, it was revealed that ExxonMobil attempted to
pay off climate scientists to downplay the latest report from the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Clearly ExxonMobil is only
out to change its image, not its ways."
The British newspaper The Guardian recently reported: "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.
"Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute, an
ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration,
offered the payments for articles that emphasize the shortcomings of a
report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. ...
"The AEI has received more than $1.6 million from ExxonMobil and
more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush
administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the
vice-chairman of AEI's board of trustees."