NOT SO GREEN | Exxon DID NOT Know
Ever since the American Geophysical Union (AGU) – an international coalition of scientists – announced last April that it would be “continuing our current engagement [with] ExxonMobil,” activists spearheading the #ExxonKnew campaign have been working pretty hard to convince the AGU to change its mind and cut ties with the company entirely.
But late last week, AGU’s board of directors announced that after looking at the evidence again, it would not be ending its relationship with Exxon. “After another careful and systematic review of hundreds of pages of both newly provided and previous documentation and a thoughtful and comprehensive discussion,” AGU said, the group will “continue engagement” with ExxonMobil.
Not only did AGU reject activists’ wishes, it also took the #ExxonKnew argument to task. As the AGU explains,
Staying out of Exxon probe: Steyer also insisted he isn't playing a central role in the face-off against ExxonMobil over allegations that it misled the public and its investors about internal research detailing the threat of climate change. Despite a New York Post report that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's staff tried to reach out to Steyer over the AG's investigation into the company, Steyer said he's largely staying out of the Exxon fight. "We’re definitely not pushing this thing," he said, adding, "We are not part of this effort.”