Exxon Documents

Climate Files, Climate Change, Climate Denial

This page features the top documents that the Climate Investigations Center believes lawyers, government officials, journalists, and the public must read to understand the unfolding #ExxonKnew investigations underway in several states.

There are three basic phases to this story:

1. What Exxon knew and when they knew it;

2. What Exxon did to block rising concern about climate change;

3. What Exxon would like to hide from investigators now.

The timeline below features some of the most telling documents about Exxon’s early knowledge of climate change science. For the full collection of Exxon documents, see our Climate Files portal

Exxon Updates and Investigations

Global Climate Coalition

Global Climate Coalition: Climate Denial Legacy Follows Corporations

As corporations are increasingly being held accountable for deception of shareholders and the public on climate risk, as authors and journalists explore this history, and as lawmakers investigate it, Climate Investigations Center embarked on a year-long investigation of the Global Climate Coalition (GCC), arguably the most impactful industry group ever to campaign against climate change

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History from Climate Files Follows Industry

Documents from Climate Investigations Center’s Climate Files archival portal continue to inform the discussion regarding culpability for the climate crisis. Most recently, in County of San Mateo v. Chevron Corp., et al., eight amicus briefs were filed supporting the plaintiffs seeking redress for climate change’s impacts on their communities. One of the briefs, filed by

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CCS Carbon Capture Storage

Carbon Capture: Expensive Pipe Dream or “Holy Grail”?

Today, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology is touted by proponents as a way to continue burning fossil fuels in a carbon constrained economy.  However, two recent reports bring into question the feasibility of CCS technology to mitigate the climate crisis. The first report, released by the Center for International Environmental Law, addresses the potential

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Drilled: The Climate Crime of the Century

A newly released podcast, Drilled, “investigates the crime of the century — the creation of climate denial.” The eight part series takes listeners back in time to the inception of climate change denial. It tells the story of the special interests that launched campaigns against evolving climate science and the momentum created by this science,

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ALEC, american legislative exchange council

ALEC Lost Membership Worth Over $7 Trillion in Market Cap

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative nonprofit whose membership includes state legislators, corporations, and think tanks, is holding it’s 2018 States and Nation Policy Summit in Washington, DC this week. ALEC has been called a “corporate bill mill,” helping secure favorable state legislation for some of the largest companies in the country. However, the

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Climate Files, Climate Change

Climate Files Update: Decades of Denial

CIC has recently published twenty-five hard to find documents to our Climate Files portal. The documents added to our collections feature entities who have perpetuated climate denial for decades, including: The Western Fuels Association, a consortium of coal utilities and suppliers, Patrick Michaels of the Cato Institute, ExxonMobil, and The Global Climate Coalition The Western Fuels

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McCain, Climate Change

The Covert Attack on Sen. McCain’s Climate Leadership by ExxonMobil and the Koch brothers

InsideClimate News’ Marianne Lavelle published a long piece this weekend, chronicling Senator John McCain’s rise and fall as a climate leader.  The story highlights a campaign I worked on in 2000, where we asked all the presidential candidates the simple and still pertinent question, “What’s Your Plan?” on global warming. McCain was one of the

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Climate

Climate Lawsuits in Baltimore and Rhode Island & New Climate Files Documents

Since Climate Investigation Center’s last climate liability update there have been multiple developments, some favorable to plaintiffs, others less so. As the legal battles progress, CIC continues to uncover and curate primary documents on its Climate Files portal. In the last two months, we’ve added documents to our Exxon, Shell, and trade association collections that further

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Climate Files, Climate Change, Climate Denial

Climate Files Update: Shell, Exxon, and Early Denial

Document Updates As climate change impacts grow more serious everyday, documents housed on Climate Files preserve the crucial history of who knew what, when they knew it, and what they did next. Recently released documents include: 1996 remarks from former ExxonMobil CEO, Lee Raymond; 1994 edition of ABC’s Nightline television program reporting on corporate funding

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Lee Raymond, Exxon Mobil Climate Change Denial, Lee Raymond, Rex Tillerson

Climate Lawsuits: Depose Lee Raymond and Rex Tillerson

As we have been saying…lots of climate lawsuits are landing in State and Federal courts nationwide. As these suits move forward, there is a short list of people who ought to be deposed first. Former ExxonMobil CEOs, Rex Tillerson and Lee Raymond, top the list. Rex Tillerson worked at Exxon for his entire corporate career

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