Pouring Gas Money on Fire

"No company appears to be working harder to support those who debunk global warming" than ExxonMobil, writes Chris Mooney. "Some 40 ExxonMobil-funded organizations ... have sought to undermine mainstream scientific findings on global climate change or have maintained affiliations with a small group of 'skeptic' scientists who continue to do so." From 2000 to 2003, ExxonMobil gave $8.7 million to such SourceWatch favorites as the American Council on Science and Health, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Capital Research Center, Heartland Institute, International Policy Network, Mercatus Center, National Center for Public Policy Research, Tech Central Station, and groups associated with Steve Milloy (the full list is here). As an American Petroleum Institute memo stated, "Victory will be achieved when ... recognition of uncertainty [about global warming] becomes part of the 'conventional wisdom.'"