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Ending Tropical Deforestation: Have We Got Our Priorities Backwards?

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

In working to change the world, there’s always a need to keep asking ourselves whether we’re focusing on what’s most important. This certainly applies to the effort to end tropical deforestation, which is why I and my UCS colleagues have put a lot of emphasis on figuring out what causes—and in particular, which businesses—are the main drivers of deforestation. Unfortunately, a recent study indicates that that global corporations that have committed to ending the deforestation they cause, have got their priorities backwards. And it suggests that the NGO community—and that definitely includes me—may have had our priorities wrong too.

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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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ExxonMobil and Its Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

, climate accountability campaign manager

Last week brought stunning news about ExxonMobil’s financial position. First came a warning that the company may be in an “irreversible decline.” Read more >

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How Does ExxonMobil Attack Climate Science? Let Me Count the Ways

, climate accountability campaign manager

ExxonMobil currently scores at the bottom of the scale—“egregious”—on nearly every metric of involvement with climate disinformation. Read more >

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