| News |

Before Tomorrow's Shareholder Showdown, Exxon Severs Some Ties

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

In advance of tomorrow's ExxonMobil shareholders get-together at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center -- always a good time -- the Irving-based oil behemoth announced today it will no longer fund some groups who insist global warming ain't got nothing to with people. Among the organizations to which Exxon's cut off funding: Capital Research Center, which once insisted that a "coalition of environmental heavies and other leftist groups is losing the public debate on global warming"; the Frontiers of Freedom, which, in April, referred to Congressional efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as "climate extortion"; and the Institute for Energy Research, which published a book titled Scared to Death: From BSE to Global Warming: Why Scares Are Costing us the Earth, which charges that "the global climate change craze" is "fueled by alarmist rhetoric and trumped up scientific claims."

Notes ExxonMobil spokesman Gantt Walton today, "We discontinued contributions to several public-policy research groups whose position on climate change could divert attention from the important discussion about how the world will secure the energy required for economic growth in an environmentally responsible manner." Which is eight years later than some Exxon shareholders would have liked. But, still, John D. Rockefeller's heirs will be happy. --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.