Junk science exposed: Report rips Exxon Mobil on global warming

A report released Wednesday by a science advocacy group says Exxon Mobil Corp. spent nearly $16 million between 1998 and 2005 to fund skeptic groups that misled the public on the science behind climate change.

The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Irving-based oil giant funneled the money to a network of 43 advocacy organizations whose goal is to spread inaccurate information about global warming.

Exxon Mobil, is a statement issued to the Dallas Business Journal Wednesday, said it has found many of the conclusions in the report to be inaccurate.

The company also said it publishes a complete list of the organizations it supports on its Web site.

"With regard to support Exxon Mobil provides to various public policy organizations, our support extends to a fairly broad array of organizations that research significant domestic and foreign policy issues and promote discussion on issues of direct relevance to the company," the company said in a statement. "As most of these organizations are independent of their corporate sponsors and are tax-exempt, our financial support does not connote any substantive control over or responsibility for the policy recommendations or analyses they produce."

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