NEW YORK, November 6. /Corr. Alexey Kachalin/. The authorities of the state of new York are investigating the reliability of the results of studies conducted by Exxon Mobil in the area of global climate change on Earth. The Prosecutor General’s office demanded that the oil giant to submit a lot of documents, including financial reports and e-mails, said Thursday the newspaper the New York Times.
According to the paper, Exxon Mobil suspect that it introduced the American public and its shareholders were misled regarding the true effects of global warming. The company used proven scientific calculations and, based on them, prepared long-term plans for the exploration and development of hydrocarbon fields.
The Prosecutor General’s office of new York has not yet confirmed this information.
The Position Of Exxon Mobil
Vice-President Kenneth Cohen rejected them. “We unequivocally reject the assumption that Exxon Mobil concealed research in the area of climate change,” he said, drawing attention to the fact that since the 70-ies of the last century, one of the world’s largest oil and gas company has published dozens of scientific papers on the subject, and abundantly told the stockholders about the potential consequences of global warming for the firm’s operations and state of its assets.
Cohen, however, admitted that in 1990-e and 2000-e years, Exxon Mobil has cooperated with organizations who publicly denied the danger of global warming. The interaction was based on the fact that both sides had a common aim – to prevent the U.S. accession to the Kyoto Protocol. “In the middle of the last desetileti we stopped the funding of these organizations, as they do focus on the uncertainty of science. Frankly, we had to abandon support for these organizations, which has downplayed the true scale of the threat,” he added.
The Vice-President also recalled that since 2009, Exxon Mobil is the largest U.S. producer of natural gas, which during processing and combustion is less harmful to the environment than oil and coal.
According to the New York Times, an investigation of the state office of public Prosecutor of new York “covers a period of at least one decade” and its scope can repeat the proceedings with the tobacco manufacturers. The result also may not be limited to Exxon Mobil and to include over time other oil and gas companies of the USA, informs the edition.