Will Exxon pay for years of polluting and climate denialism?

For the past few months, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been investigating ExxonMobil to determine if the world’s largest publicly traded international oil and gas company lied to the public or investors about the risks of climate change to its future business, based on the firm’s own internal studies. Read the interview with Senior International Organizer Katherine Sawyer at Salon on what this investigation could mean for Exxon and the fossil fuel industry.

[Op-Ed] A Rockefeller explains: Why I lost faith in Exxon Mobil, and donated my shares

My great-grandfather, John D. Rockefeller Sr., created the Standard Oil Company and I inherited shares in the companies it spun off, including Exxon Mobil. But this year I donated those shares to the nonprofit Rockefeller Family Fund’s Environmental program, which sold them and is using the $400,000 proceeds to fight global warming.

I lost faith in Exxon Mobil’s future value. Read the full op-ed at the Los Angeles Times.

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Oil Companies Busted For Anti-Clean Energy Lobby

As the groundbreaking UN climate negotiations COP21 begins to take a lion’s share of global news, climate activists are unearthing dirty secrets hidden in the suspicious activities of many Fossil Fuel companies across the globe. Even more distrustful is the fact the ongoing Conference of Parties (COP21) is being funded by the Coal industry, with the so-called dirty money.

Read the full story at Modern Ghana.

Les entreprises dans la COP21 : une présence ambivalente

Aux côtés de la « zone bleue » dédiée aux négociations sur l’accord climatique, et des « espaces générations climat » consacrés à la société civile, les entreprises aussi ont leur théâtre sur le site de la COP21. Cette « galerie » de 10 000 m2, dans le Musée de l’air du Bourget, doit offrir un panorama des solutions développées par les professionnels contre le changement climatique.
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Why Are So Many Fossil-Fuel Companies Funding the Paris Climate Conference?

While the cardinal rule of politics is “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you,” the funders of the Paris Climate Summit want you to kiss the hand that chokes you.

The financial conflict of interest behind the Paris summit—with about 20 percent of the budget brought to you by corporations—is basically an open secret. Corporate Accountability International (CAI) has mapped out the connections between energy corporations sponsoring the event, policymakers, and international bodies to show exactly how well choreographed the conference has become: back-channel diplomatic horse trading, showcases for “business innovation,” a perfunctory nod to “civil society groups” and a tightly controlled smattering of protesters.

Read the full article at The Nation here.

The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Bankrolling the Paris Climate Talks

You might not expect fossil fuel companies to pay for a conference designed to shrink their industry. But in Paris, that’s precisely what’s happening. This week and next, roughly 40,000 diplomats, activists, policy experts, and journalists are gathering in the French capital for a round of high-stakes negotiations aimed at slowing climate change.

Read the full article at Mother Jones here.