The NYT has run a greenwashing press release from the oil giant masquerading as a major business news story. Here are some unchallenged quotes — yes the print headline really is “Green is for Sissies,” but as you’ll see, this isn’t some kind of post-modern Onion-esque irony (except maybe unintentionally):
- “The business model is based on a disciplined and rigorous approach to dealing with scientific data and facts,” [CEO Tillerson] says.
- “For the foreseeable future — and in my horizon that is to the middle of the century — the world will continue to rely dominantly on hydrocarbons to fuel its economy,” Mr. Tillerson says.
- “It’s the world’s greatest company, period,” says Arjun N. Murti, a Goldman Sachs oil analyst…. “It is also the most misunderstood company in the world. For many people, the image of Exxon is the Exxon Valdez…. Exxon has persevered over the past 100 years with the best culture and management team any company could have.”
Poor misunderstood oil giant … poor, misunderstood, disinformation-peddling, planet-destroying ExxonMobil. I need to pause for a moment to wipe the tear from my eye….
ExxonMobil is certainly misunderstood by the NYT! A “rigorous approach to dealing with scientific data and facts“? Again, you’ve got to believe me — this really isn’t a story in The Onion. No single company has been more anti-scientific or anti-factual for the last 20 years. No company has done more to fund anti-science deniers and delayers — thereby undermining any effort to take action on the greatest preventable threat to humanity’s health and well-being.
Had the reporter spent two second on the web he would have found ExxonSecrets, which details the millions of dollars that the company has shoveled to fund the disinformation campaigns of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation, all of which continue to advance unfactual anti-scientific attacks as I have detailed recently (see posts on Heritage and CEI and AEI). Chris Mooney wrote an excellent piece on ExxonMobil‘s two-decade anti-scientific campaign. A 2007 Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report looked at ExxonMobil’s tobacco industry-like tactics in pushing global warming denial (see “Today We Have a Planet That’s Smoking!”).
Yet here is all the NYT has to say about this grossly immoral and unfactual attack again all of humanity: