ExxonMobil misled the public. Now they’re trying to mislead the European Parliament

(EurActiv, 9 Apr 2019) Last month, US oil giant ExxonMobil was invited by the European Parliament to testify publicly about their history of climate change denial. But instead of responding transparently, they tried behind the scenes to discredit the peer-reviewed research conducted by Harvard University researchers, writes Geoffrey Supran.

Dr. Geoffrey Supran is a Climate Change Solutions Fund Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, where he studies the history of climate denial with Professor Naomi Oreskes.

ExxonMobil’s attack on my peer-reviewed research in the European Parliament is the tip of the iceberg of its assault on democratic decision-making and a reminder that the tiger hasn’t changed its stripes. As MEPs meet this Thursday to decide whether to ban ExxonMobil from lobbying, they must bear this in mind: Big Oil is the new Big Tobacco.

On 21 March, the European Parliament did something extraordinary. For the first time anywhere in the world, lawmakers convened expressly to hear expert testimony about the history and consequences of climate change denial by the fossil fuel industry.

Less than a week after millions of school children marched for action on climate change, MEPs were taking a first step towards holding accountable those who have done the most to prevent it.

I was honoured to be among the expert witnesses invited to testify at the hearing. I explained to MEPs how internal memos from the fossil fuel industry show that it has known about the potential dangers of global warming caused by its products for 60 years.

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EurActiv, 9 Apr 2019: ExxonMobil misled the public. Now they’re trying to mislead the European Parliament