Exxon Mobil’s attacks on the reporting in articles that took a critical view of the company for its past climate change actions are “unsupported by the evidence,” said Steve Coll, Columbia Journalism School dean, The New York Times reports.
In the wake of allegations that Exxon knew about risks from climate change decades ago but chose to sow doubt about them, Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., are asking colleagues to join them in a letter to other corporations asking if they did the same thing, The Hill reports.
Legal experts have told The New York Times that it's significant that Exxon did publish peer reviewed climate research, in contrast to tobacco companies in the late 1990s, who tried to hide evidence of its addictiveness and potential damage.
Likening the company behavior to that of tobacco firms in the 1980s, Al Gore has called for an investigation into allegations that Exxon knew about the dangers of climate change decades ago but deliberately downplayed the risks, The New York Times reports.
Inside Climate News says it has uncovered evidence that officials at oil giant Exxon knew almost four decades ago of the threat posed by greenhouse gas emissions, but worked to downplay it and torpedo proposed solutions.
There is great potential for problems for major oil companies drilling in Iraq: Thus far Kurds have taken control of the Kirkuk oilfield where Exxon said earlier in the year it has two rigs operating, and pipelines carrying oil from the field appear to run through an area now under control of ISIS militants, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Disruption at oil facilities – those operated by Exxon as well as Shell’s Forcados terminal – caused a 9 percent drop in Nigerian oil revenue in April, according to figures from the country’s finance ministry, Platts reports.
The first Arctic well drilled jointly by Exxon and Rosneft is due to start this year, a sign that deepening cooperation between the two oil giants isn't being held back by continued bickering between the U.S. and Russian governments, according to Bloomberg.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.