There is a plethora of energy related news this week. ExxonMobil once again broke the record for quarterly profits, eclipsing the record they set last year a day before the UN conference on climate change where human beings are to be implicated as the direct causal factor of global warming.

Remember about a month ago, ExxonMobil was implicated in attempting to distort facts on global warming in a public communication campaign.

“ExxonMobil has, in a cynical and manipulative strategy, helped create a kind of echo chamber to amplify the views of a carefully selected group of spokespeople whose work has been largely discredited by the scientific community,” said Seth Schulman, the report’s primary author, in a conference call today with reporters. The strategy is built on the notion, the report found, that “public opinion can be easily manipulated because science is complex, because people tend not to notice where their information comes from, and because the effects of global warming are just beginning to become visible.”

Today it has become known that the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil funded thinktank with close ties to the Bush Administration, offered select scientists and economists $10,000 each to undermine the climate change report.

Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded thinktank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Travel expenses and additional payments were also offered.

Once again why we need to understand the concept of complexity and systems thinking in world affairs.

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