To Persuade the Public

ExxonMobile Corporation has often found itself in the crosshairs of climate change controversy, most recently in 2016 when officials from 17 states and territories announced an investigation into whether ExxonMobil misled the public about climate change.

Researchers have examined 187 climate change communications from ExxonMobil, including peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed publications, internal company documents and paid, editorial-style advertisements in The New York Times.

Their conclusion: ExxonMobil did advance science in peer-reviewed papers—83% of which acknowledged that climate change is real and human caused—but misled the public by way of its “advertorials,” of which 81% expressed doubt about human-caused climate change.

Source: Environmental Research Letters

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