The secret's out! Climate skeptics funded by ExxonMobil can no longer hide behind front groups. Our new website, www.exxonsecrets.org, exposes the links between ExxonMobil money and the think tanks, associations and individuals denying global warming. The next time you read a story that says climate change is all smoke and mirrors, visit www.exxonsecrets.org and search for the organization or person being quoted. There's a good chance that ExxonMobil money has paid up front for that front group.
With names like "The Cato Institute," "The Heritage Foundation,"
"Frontiers of Freedom Institute" and "Tech Central Station," they
go by independent sounding labels.
You would imagine their opinions are unbiased and impartial. You
might assume they are balanced and neutral.
But if you did, you'd be wrong.
These and many other think tanks, which have names designed to
hide their real agenda, are putting forward opinions denying or
debasing the science behind global warming. And they are getting
funding from the fossil fuel industry which is causing the
When these groups talk to media they don't like to mention who
funds them. They want the media to believe that they are
independent commentators. So journalists are often left with the
wrong impression - and so is the public.
ExxonMobil, also known as Esso or Mobil is the world's biggest
oil company. It has plenty of money and is not afraid of using it
to fund pseudo-science and front groups to shoot down anyone
speaking out about global warming. Since 1998 ExxonMobil has spent
more than US$12million on climate sceptics.
Greenpeace, with the assistance of the web designers who
developed http://www.theyrule.net/ has
developed a website that shows the links between Exxon money and
some of the loudest climate skeptics being quoted in the media.
dossiers and fact sheets for each organization and person with a
description, history, staff bios, quotes, deeds and hidden
Designed as a tool for journalists, researchers, policy makers
and anyone who wants to get down to the facts, this freely
accessible site can be used to research the links between climate
skeptic groups and how much funding they get from ExxonMobil.
Searches can be made on organizations and individuals, cross
referencing automatically with other groups and individuals. If you
thought the "Six Degrees of Separation" game was fun, have a go at
tracing the money trail from the skeptics back to Exxon. It doesn't
take long to get there.
Of course you don't have to take our word for it. The site is
fully referenced so anyone can cross check our sources - existing
websites and downloadable documents, Exxon annual reports and other
publicly available materials.
The next time you read a story in the press or online that says
climate change is all smoke and mirrors, visit www.exxonsecrets.org and
search for the organization or person being quoted. There's a good
chance that ExxonMobil money has paid up front for that front