The information was hidden to deceive shareholders and citizens but finally came to light days ago.
Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes of Harvard University, researchers of the more than 200 documents issued by Exxon denounced: "We identified a systematic contradiction between what Exxon said about climate change in private or academic circles and what it said in public in theNew York Times"On the one hand, ExxonMobil" contributed to the progress of climate science ", but at the same time" fueled doubts "about the phenomenon.
"ExxonMobil misled the public," concluded these specialists in history of science who published their work in the journal Environmental Research Letters. They also published their findings in an opinion piece in The New York Times.
The current controversy over the Exxon Mobil investigation began in 2015 with articles published by InsideClimate News and the Los Angeles Times, which focused on the company's archived works.
Articles noted that the company had incorporated research into its planning while publicly questioning the science of climate change and funding groups that denied serious risks to the environment. After those articles appeared, activists began using the hashtag #ExxonKnew (Exxon knew).
The current Secretary of State of the United States, Rex Tillerson, who spent 41 years directing the company between 2006 and 2016, defended it by saying: "We clearly reject the accusations (...) Our company, in a continuous, public and open way, has investigated and spoken of risks linked to climate change "
Since the mid-2000s, Exxon Mobil has recognized that climate change is real. "We support the Paris Agreement and are members of the Climate Leadership Council, an organization that supports a tax on carbon emissions that would be shared among Americans regardless of income level," Silvestri said.
The company stopped funding groups that vehemently denied climate change in the mid-2000s, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Heartland Institute, arguing that its heated rhetoric had become a "distraction" from problems. However, Exxon Mobil has come under fire for its continued support of groups opposed to taking action against climate change, including the US Chamber of Commerce and the US Council on Legislative Exchange.
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