Exxon deliberately misled public on climate science, say researchers

Study of company documents, peer-reviewed papers and newspaper ads claims to show how the oil giant tried to cast doubt on climate science

An activist protests outside Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholder meeting in Dallas in 2016.

An activist protests outside Exxon Mobil’s annual shareholder meeting in Dallas in 2016. Photograph: Jae S. Lee/AP
An analysis of nearly 200 documents spanning decades found that four-fifths of scientific studies and internal memos acknowledged global warming was real and caused by humans.

The study also cites ExxonMobil calculations that capping global warming at under 2C – the goal enshrined in the landmark Paris climate accord – would impose sharp limits on the amount of fossil fuels that could be burned, and thus potentially affect the firm’s growth.

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