Science & Technology

Shut Up, They Explained


Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and John D. Rockefeller (D- W.Va.) can write a mean letter. Witness this note to the CEO of ExxonMobil, in which they accuse ExxonMobil of all manner of global warming debate-related misdeeds, and none too subtly tell the company to shut the hell up:

In light of the adverse impacts still resulting from your corporations activities, we must request that ExxonMobil end any further financial assistance or other support to groups or individuals whose public advocacy has contributed to the small, but unfortunately effective, climate change denial myth.

And this:

This climate change denial confederacy has exerted an influence out of all proportion to its size or relative scientific credibility. Through relentless pressure on the media to present the issue "objectively," and by challenging the consensus on climate change science by misstating both the nature of what "consensus" means and what this particular consensus is, ExxonMobil and its allies have confused the public and given cover to a few senior elected and appointed government officials whose positions and opinions enable them to damage U.S. credibility abroad.

Read the Wall Street Journal's scathing editorial on the letter here.

Read the whole letter here.