Harvard researchers say Exxon misled public on climate science

24 Aug 2017   Climate, USA

Two Harvard University researchers said in a study published on Wednesday they had collected scientific data proving Exxon Mobil Corp ( XOM.N ) made “explicit factual misrepresentations” in newspaper ads it purchased to convey its views on the oil industry and climate science. In an article in the journal Environmental Research Letters researchers, Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes, said they examined 187 documents, including internal memos, peer-reviewed papers by Exxon scientists and New York Times “advertorials” – paid advertisements in the style of opinion pieces. They said they used a social science analysis method to turn statements in the documents into data points that could be counted and compared to each other. Supran and Oreskes said that […]

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