ZOMG: ExxonMobil and Sierra Club Agreed on Climate Policy—and Kept It Secret

o I’ve decided to try the “ZOMG” prefix for these things, instead of postfixing a mark of interrogation. Perhaps it makes things clearer. Anyway, the latest breathless nonsense is ExxonMobil and Sierra Club Agreed on Climate Policy—and Kept It Secret from Bloomberg (h/t JS). Why is it nonsense? Firstly, they’re pretending this is news. It isn’t news: this is essentially a re-tread of How two ExxonMobil and Sierra Club lawyers agreed on a carbon tax which is a much better article and more than a year old. Notice that it doesn’t make any foolish claims about secrets. Secondly, Exxon’s support for a carbon tax in 2009 was public; see the Calgary Herald: Exxonmobil corp., the world’s largest crude oil refiner, supports taxing carbon dioxide as the most efficient way of curbing greenhouse gas emissions, its chief executive said, via the highly-sekrit [[carbon tax]]. Note that precedes the document Bloomberg swoons over by months.

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4 thoughts on “ZOMG: ExxonMobil and Sierra Club Agreed on Climate Policy—and Kept It Secret”

  1. Who knows? maybe Exxon wants to get into the renewables market at some point. And a carbon tax makes it easier to keep renewable prices higher.

    Now, if they come out in favor of subsidies for renewables, I will eat my hat.

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  2. Meh. Headlines are written by subeds, not journalists – and the article itself says nowt about secrets. (Yes, there’s ‘Secretly, however, they found that a common problem … can for a time scramble the very idea of friends and enemies.’ But as far as I can make out, that should really be ‘in private’ or something.) The article itself mentions ‘in obscurity’ and the like, but not secrecy. It also doesn’t seem that breathless, really.

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