exxon’s team busy in bali
by Cindy Baxter
December 10, 2007
So. Here I am at the climate conference in Bali where Exxon’s team seems to be very busy trashing the science whilst the rest of the world is trying to solve climate change.
We have all sorts of groups turning up – but it seems the main lot is the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) which has received $US 542,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.
It got $US 70,000 just last year.
Also here is the International Policy Network which has received $US 390,000 from Exxon since 1998.
My colleague Kert has already blogged about the Heartland Institute’s behaviour early in the week…
But as the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Yvo de Boers, said the other day "The sceptics have had their hey day". This is abundantly clear. Nobody’s questioning the science any more.
CFACT’s little tricks here are verging on the hysterical – walking around the press centre abusing journalists, and offering free massages in the hope that people will come and listen to their ranting. Nobody is taking them seriously. In fact many journalists I’ve spoken to just want to write about how much money they get from Exxon.
They have launched the International Climate Science Coalition – a group set up by a New Zealand sceptic lot – interestingly, Brian Leyland from New Zealand is leading the CFACT delegation – despite denying any connections to Exxon money.
Meanwhile the NZ delegation seems to be taking a positive role, supporting a range of 25-40% cuts for industrialised countries. Doesn’t look like Mr Leyland’s having much of an effect.