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The Inquisition of Climate Science$
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James Powell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157193

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157193.001.0001

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An Industry to Trust

An Industry to Trust

(p.110) 10 An Industry to Trust
The Inquisition of Climate Science

James Lawrence Powell

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses ExxonMobil Corporation's funding of the industry of denial. Between 1998 and 2005, the company gave $16 million to more than forty organizations that deny global warming. The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) received $1,625,000; Lee R. Raymond, ExxonMobil's chairman and CEO, served as vice chair of AEI's Board of Trustees. In February 2007, AEI wrote to scientists and economists in Britain and the United States offering each $10,000 for articles criticizing the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fourth Assessment, which was about to appear. A little-known organization, Citizens for a Sound Economy Educational Foundation, received $380,250, allowing it to claim that the science of climate change is “far from settled.” The Fraser Institute, home to “hockey stick” denier Ross McKitrick, received $120,000; the George C. Marshall Institute, $630,000; the Heartland Institute, $676,500; the Heritage Foundation, $460,000. And so on.

Keywords:   climate change, global warming, deniers, industry of denial, ExxonMobil Corporation, American Enterprise Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy Educational Foundation, Fraser Institute, George C. Marshall Institute, Heartland Institute

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