Exxon-Mobil Tries to Bribe Scientists
Exxon-Mobil is continuing its dirty tricks. Through on of its funded thinktanks, the American Enterprise Institute, Exxon-Mobil is offering scientist $10,000 plus expenses to write articles contradicting the new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
From the Guardian:
The AEI has received more than $1.6m from ExxonMobil and more than 20 of its staff have worked as consultants to the Bush administration. Lee Raymond, a former head of ExxonMobil, is the vice-chairman of AEI’s board of trustees.
The letters, sent to scientists in Britain, the US and elsewhere, attack the UN’s panel as “resistant to reasonable criticism and dissent and prone to summary conclusions that are poorly supported by the analytical work” and ask for essays that “thoughtfully explore the limitations of climate model outputs”.
Climate scientists described the move yesterday as an attempt to cast doubt over the “overwhelming scientific evidence” on global warming. “It’s a desperate attempt by an organisation who wants to distort science for their own political aims,” said David Viner of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.
“The IPCC process is probably the most thorough and open review undertaken in any discipline. This undermines the confidence of the public in the scientific community and the ability of governments to take on sound scientific advice,” he said.
The IPPC report that was released on February 2nd in Paris confirmed what those of us not on Exxon-Mobil’s payroll already know: Man-made activities are the primary cause of greenhouse gases that are causing global warming. The IPCC report was written and reviewed by hundreds of top scientists from 113 nations.
You may wonder where Exxon-Mobil would get the kind of money that it would need to run around trying to bribe scientists. Then, check out this story detailing how the companies has just reported the largest profits of any company in the history of the United States.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. on Thursday posted the largest annual profit by a U.S. company–$39.5 billion–even as earnings for the last quarter of 2006 fell 4 percent.
The 2006 profit topped the previous record, also by Exxon Mobil, of $36.13 billion set in 2005. The 2006 earnings amounted to roughly $4.5 million an hour for the world’s largest publicly traded oil company, which produces about 3 percent of the world’s oil.
It also equals the approximate gross domestic product–a measure of all goods and services produced within a country in a given year–of countries like Ecuador, Luxembourg and Croatia.
Also eyepopping was Exxon Mobil’s revenue, which rose to $377.64 billion for the year, surpassing the record $370.68 billion it posted in 2005.