An attack piece about ExxonMobil by Andrew Behar of As You Sow was recently published by The Hill and I feel compelled to respond as Behar is way off base on several fundamental points.
In reality, Behar has done nothing more than repeat discredited claims by anti-oil and gas activists.
ExxonMobil scientists have been studying climate science for more than three decades. As we have said quite publicly for years – and as our CEO Rex Tillerson reiterated in a speech to a major conference in London the same day the column in The Hill appeared – climate change is a serious problem that requires research for solutions and effective policies that balance society’s need for energy and environmental protection.
Over the years, much of ExxonMobil’s research to improve understanding of climate science has been done in conjunction with government bodies and leading research universities. As a result, much of this research has been publicly available for several decades.
Our scientists have contributed climate research and related policy analysis to more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed publications – all out in the open. They’ve participated in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since its inception – in 1988 – and were involved in the National Academy of Sciences review of the third U.S. National Climate Assessment Report.
Finally, I’ll note that we have long – and publicly – supported a revenue-neutral carbon tax as the most effective, transparent, and efficient way for governments to send a signal to consumers and the economy to reduce the use of carbon-based fuels.
ExxonMobil has always advocated for good public policy that is based on sound science. We will continue to do that despite criticism from those who make unsupported and inaccurate claims about our company.