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Subject:Masters of deception
Date:February 8, 2017 at 1:06 PM
To:Darren W. Woods Darren.W.Woods@ExxonMobil.com, William (Bill) M. Colton William.M.Colton@ExxonMobil.com,
Suzanne M. McCarron Suzanne.M.McCarron@ExxonMobil.com
Cc: Max Schulz firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Darren Woods, Bill Colton and Suzanne McCarron,
Humble apologies, but I cannot let this ExxonMobil Perspective go unchallenged. Your
2017 Energy Outlook disregards COP21 "1.5°C aspiration”—please retract both!
Nov. 4, 2016 (Bit.ly/ExxMob4Nov16)
Statement on Paris climate agreement entering into force
Today marks the entering into force of the Paris climate agreement. The agreement
is an important step forward by world governments in addressing the serious risks
of climate change.
ExxonMobil supports the work of the Paris signatories, acknowledges the ambitious
goals of this agreement and believes the company has a constructive role to play in
We have been working for many years to reduce emissions in our operations and
provide products that help consumers reduce their emissions.
ExxonMobil continues to pursue technology solutions with leading scientists in
industry, academia and nongovernmental institutions. We have invested nearly $7
billion since 2000 on lower-emissions initiatives such as energy efficiency,
cogeneration, flare reduction, carbon capture and sequestration and research into
The Paris agreement and the initial Intended Nationally Determined Contributions
(INDCs) pledged by its signatories reflect the dual challenge of minimizing
greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring the world has adequate access to
affordable and reliable supplies of energy.
These INDCs also reflect understanding that all economic energy sources will be
necessary to meet growing global demand, and that the evolution of the energy
system toward lower atmospheric emissions will take time and commitment due to
its enormous scale, capital intensity and complexity.
As policymakers develop mechanisms to meet the Paris goals, ExxonMobil
encourages them to focus on reducing emissions at the lowest cost to society,
keeping in mind that access to affordable and reliable energy is critical to economic
growth and improved standards of living worldwide.
The best policy options to achieve that goal will be market-based, predictable,
transparent and globally applicable to promote innovation and technology
breakthroughs required to address climate change risks. ExxonMobil has for many
years held the view that a revenue-neutral carbon tax is the best option to fulfill
these key principles.
You and your staff are masters of deception. This statement is eloquent obfuscation!