Naomi Oreskes On Exxon's Decades-Long Doubt Campaign And Big Oil's Bad Week


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Last week, we saw massive news break for some of the world's biggest fossil fuel companies. ExxonMobil was one of the companies that received backlash for climate inaction and our guest this week, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, has been following the company for a long time. Her recent paper with Dr. Geoffrey Supran, “Rhetoric and frame analysis of ExxonMobil’s climate change communications” looks at the company's decades-long campaign to sow climate doubt. We discuss their findings as well as the major developments last week and what it could mean for the future.

Dr. Naomi Oreskes is the Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. She is the author of 7 books, including the groundbreaking and widely popular “Merchants of Doubt”. Dr. Oreskes has authored or co-authored over 150 papers.

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Further Reading:

Why Big Oil should be worried after a day of reckoning

Exxon May Be Corporate America’s Canary in the Coal Mine

ExxonMobil Shareholders to Company: We Want a Different Approach to Climate Change

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