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Climate scientists blame Exxon lobbyists for disinformation that undermines efforts to reduce emissions and global warming

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A revealed enlist report by top climate scientists denounced lobbyists for climate change disinformation. The report said the disinformation is stopping efforts to curb emissions, Politico reported. An Exxon official was previously caught on camera talking about the company's lobbying policy. See more floors on Insider's business page.

Top climate scientists accused disinformation and lobbying expeditions including from Exxon Mobile for slowing down efforts to curb releases, a leaked drawing report obtained by Politico said.

The report, part of an upcoming review of climate science by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change impacts, has a section called "resistance to climate change science" under its North American section.

The report accused think tanks, footings, and trade associations that represent fossil fuel companionships for spreading fake science that misinforms the public and hobbles efforts to curb the environment crisis.

"Rhetoric on climate change and the undermining of science have contributed to misperceptions of the scientific consensus, skepticism, overly dismissed jeopardy and hurry, disagreement, and, most importantly, polarized public reinforcement delaying mitigation and adaptation act, particularly in the US, " the report said.

This comes after Greenpeace investigation project Unearthed released videos proving an Exxon Mobil official who was tricked to believe he was in an interrogation speaking frankly about the group's lobbying approaches.

Keith McCoy, Exxon's senior conductor for federal ties-in, spoke about "shadow groups" working to influence senators to dampen parts of President Joe Biden's infrastructure statute.

"Joe Manchin, I talk to his office every week, " McCoy bragged to the interviewer. He called the Democratic senator from West Virginia a "kingmaker" and discussed how "on the Democrat side we look for the moderates on these issues" in their efforts to stop policies that could hurt the company's business.

In a statement , Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Darren Woods said: "We condemn the statements and are deeply apologetic for them, including statements viewing interactions with elected officials."

Rep. Ro Khanna, who chairs the environment subcommittee of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, told Politico he's spoken to government leadership about subpoenaing leaders of groups like Exxon, Chevron, and other fossil fuel firms about disinformation exertions

Khanna also said he and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will write statutes that push these companies to disclose what coin is going to groups that wring climate info.

"It is a major problem. One of the reasons that we haven't had action is that we don't have a common source of points, " Khanna told Politico. "Until we solve the climate disinformation controversy or at least mitigate the issue, it becomes very hard to build a broad-based political consensus that is needed to take the kind of bold gradations that are needed to tackle the crisis."

Insider has reached out to Exxon for remark.

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