Investigative Report Finds Exxon Knew Climate Change was Real, But Funded Deniers to Sow Confusion

Posted Oct. 28, 2015

MP3 Interview with John H. Cushman Jr., reporter with, conducted by Scott Harris


The Pulitzer Prize-winning online news site, has published a groundbreaking investigative report that revealed that ExxonMobil corporation, the largest and most powerful oil company in the world, had known through its own cutting-edge scientific research that climate change presented a serious threat to the earth’s environment as early as the late 1970s. Despite that knowledge, Exxon spent more than two decades providing millions of dollars in funding to individuals and groups promoting the myth that climate change was uncertain.

The authors of the six-part series titled, "Exxon The Road Not Taken," using Exxon's own internal documents and citing interviews with former Exxon employees and federal officials, conclude that once the oil giant realized that government limits on the production of greenhouse gasses would cut into its profits, it worked to sow doubt about the reality of global warming and lobbied to block federal and international regulations to control CO2 emissions.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with John H. Cushman Jr., a reporter with, who summarizes his publication's investigative report on Exxon and its possible impact at the upcoming UN conference on climate change in Paris this December.

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