ExxonMobil promised in 2007 that it would no longer give money to groups that deny global warming is real. Turns out, they are still doing it.
ONE of the world’s largest oil companies has broken its pledge to stop funding groups that promote scepticism about man-made climate change.
ExxonMobil gave almost £stg 1 million ($1.75m) last year  to organisations that campaigned against controls on greenhouse gas emissions.
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The energy giant had indicated it was pulling back from funding sceptics. In its 2007 corporate citizenship report, it stated: “In 2008, we will discontinue contributions to several public policy groups whose position on climate change could divert attention from the important discussion on how the world will secure energy required for economic growth in an environmentally responsible manner.”
Exxon also gave reassurances last year that it had no funding links with the sceptics’ biggest annual conference, the International Conference on Climate Change. But a list published by Exxon this month of its “2009 worldwide contributions and investments” revealed it had given four co-sponsors of the New York event $US275,000. It also gave $US1m to 20 other sceptic groups.