A Post Script to “The biggest Merchant of Doubt”

As reported in our March 18th blog (The Biggest Merchant of Doubt), Exxon Mobil asked the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for permission to bar a shareholder resolution sponsored by two large pension funds.  The resolution would have required Exxon to set emissions targets aligned with “greenhouse gas reduction goals established by the Paris … Read more

Fairness as between Provinces in the Canadian Confederation

We write this blog hoping that the citizens of Alberta can appreciate that exploitation of the tar sands leads to an inequitable distribution of responsibility for reducing GHG emissions among provinces.

In the January 5th, 2014 edition of the Vancouver Observer, Barry Saxifrage comments on a global energy report by ExxonMobil (“The Outlook for Energy: a view to 2040”).

“Amazingly, ExxonMobil’s emissions projections aren’t a ‘business-as-usual’ scenario.

They assume ‘that governments will continue to gradually adopt a wide variety of more stringent policies to help stem GHG emissions.’ This includes a carbon price rising to $80 per tonne of CO2 (tCO2) in OECD nations, like Canada and the USA. A carbon price of $80 is much too low to prevent climate disaster according to ExxonMobil. And yet it is also far above what we have the political will for so far.

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Exxon Mobil has a new PR theme.

As reported in the Financial Times of London, Exxon Mobil is distancing itself from the doubt about climate change that it fomented in the early part of the last decade.  Exxon cannot keep on saying “science is not settled” when more and more people will be responding: “So what?  Deal with these climate problems.” Exxon … Read more