ExxonMobil statement on inaccurate, activist-funded climate communications study

ExxonMobil issued the following statement today regarding the release of a study, Assessing ExxonMobil’s climate change communications (1977–2014), by Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes:

ExxonMobil acknowledges the risk of climate change is clear and warrants action. 

The study was paid for, written and published by activists leading a five-year campaign against the company. It is inaccurate and preposterous.

Our statements have been consistent with our understanding of climate science.

Rather than pursuing solutions to address the risk of climate change, these activists, along with trial lawyers, have acknowledged a goal of extracting money from our shareholders and attacking the company’s reputation. 

They have admitted their earlier allegations that the company hid its climate science research were wrong and have now shifted to a new thesis in their campaign against the company. 

ExxonMobil is focused on providing the energy the world needs and developing solutions to address the risk of climate change by reducing our emissions, helping consumers reduce their emissions and conducting research into new low-emissions technologies.