corporate accountability


The Spookiest Halloween Costume of 2017: The Fossil Fuel Company Executive

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Halloween is here, and we have a lot to be spooked about when it comes to the future role of science in this country. In addition to the Trump administration’s ongoing assault on science, companies are now enjoying greater access to decisionmakers than they’ve ever had. And no industry has capitalized on inappropriate access to decisionmakers more than the fossil fuel industry. Indeed, with very little accountability, the industry has deceived the public and policymakers, and enjoyed friendly policies from decisionmakers with clear conflicts of interest. Read more >

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Barnard College to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies that Deny Climate Science

, climate accountability campaign manager

This past Saturday, the Barnard College Board of Trustees voted to divest from all fossil fuel companies that deny climate science or otherwise seek to thwart efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change. The decision was based on the recommendation of a Presidential Task Force to Examine Divestment, which cited our report The Climate Accountability Scorecard: Ranking Major Fossil Fuel Companies on Climate Deception, Disclosure, and Action as a potential resource for differentiating among companies. As other investors follow in Barnard’s footsteps, it will create incentives for and put pressure on companies like ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Shell to improve their climate-related positions and actions. Read more >

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Five Reasons Rex Tillerson Should Not Be Confirmed as Secretary of State

, climate accountability campaign manager

The nomination of Rex Tillerson, former CEO of ExxonMobil, is on the Senate floor this week. Tillerson is a weak nominee at a time when the United States desperately needs skillful, experienced diplomacy to assert continued leadership on vital global affairs. His confirmation process confirmed one thing: he is ill-equipped to deal with the chaotic consequences of President Trump’s “America First” agenda and the risks it poses for our relations with other nations and our status as a world leader. Read more >

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Who is Rex Tillerson? Trump’s Egregious Choice for Secretary of State

, climate accountability campaign manager

When the news broke that President-elect Donald Trump was considering nominating ExxonMobil Chair and CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, I refused to dignify the rumor with a response. The prospect of the leader of the nation’s largest fossil fuel company becoming our top diplomat was too preposterous—not just because ExxonMobil sells a product that is causing global warming—but because the company knew decades ago that its product was dangerously interfering with the climate and chose to mislead the public rather than be part of the solution.
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Photo: By William Munoz
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Post-Election, ExxonMobil Goes After Scientists and Climate Advocates

, climate accountability campaign manager

Major fossil fuel companies that are determined to defend their profits at all costs, including the health and well-being of the people of this planet, can only be emboldened by the results of last week’s US elections. Read more >

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