ExxonMobil

InfluenceMap Score
E
Performance Band
34%
Organisation Score
33%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Irving, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Esso, Mobil, Exxon
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

ExxonMobil continues to oppose most forms of climate regulation whilst promoting an energy policy agenda to accelerate fossil fuel development. Despite claiming in 2008 that it would cease its funding of climate denial, it has continued to fund organizations like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) until 2018. ExxonMobil continues to question the desirability or feasibility of urgent action towards a global low-carbon energy transition. ExxonMobil claims to support a carbon tax as long as its revenue-neutral. However, when questioned on its lobbying activities around US carbon tax bills in 2015-2018, the company has failed to disclose the specific messaging conveyed to policymakers through this lobbying. This includes not clarifying the company’s detailed position on Republican Carlo Curbelo’s proposal to place a $24 per ton tax on carbon emissions and dedicate 70% of the revenue to rebuilding US infrastructure. In 2016, the company opposed a revenue-neutral carbon tax bill in the state of Massachusetts. ExxonMobil’s support for a carbon tax further appears to come with a number of conditions, including the rollback of other regulations such as the US Clean Power Plan. In 2018, an ExxonMobil representative explained that they would support carbon pricing only if the policy replaced the "patchwork of literally thousands of regulations, laws and mandates” currently regulating carbon emissions. Despite advocating in late 2018 for the maintenance of “key elements” of Obama-era methane regulations, ExxonMobil appears to have supported a rollback of certain technical detection requirements. ExxonMobil sits on the board of the API, which actively sought the rollback on methane regulations in 2016-2018, and company representatives accompanied the API to meetings with Trump Administration officials throughout 2017 and 2018. In 2017, ExxonMobil lobbyists actively opposed renewable energy and energy efficiency standards in Ohio and the company has criticized renewable subsidy programs in Europe. ExxonMobil is on the board of directors for the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, which appears to have played a significant role in pushing for a rollback of the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards in the United States in 2018. In Canada, ExxonMobil’s affiliate Imperial Oil appears to have successfully persuaded the government to delay a clean fuel standard. ExxonMobil has also opposed US renewable fuel standards. In 2018, CEO Darren Woods argued that oil and natural gas “will play a huge role in all scenarios”. ExxonMobil appears to make extensive use of social media advertising to communicate its position on the energy mix. In the run-up to the US mid-terms in 2018, ExxonMobil ran an extensive social media advertising campaign promoting increased oil and gas production and opposing a number of state-level policy initiatives that would have placed restrictions on such activities.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency -1 -1 NS NS -1 -2 0 NA
Climate Science Stance -1 -1 NA NS 0 0 -1 NA
Need for Climate Regulation -1 -1 NS NS 0 -1 NS NA
UN Treaty Support 1 0 NA NS 1 0 NS NA
Transparency on Legislation 0 NA -2 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax 0 0 NS NS 0 0 0 NA
Emissions Trading -1 -1 NS NS 0 0 -2 NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS NS NS -1 NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation -1 -1 NS NS -1 -1 -1 NA
Energy Policy and Mix -1 0 NS -1 -1 0 -1 NA
GHG Emission Standards NS 0 NS 0 0 -2 NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS -2 NA NA NA NS NA
Climate Lobbying Governance NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
16%
 
16%
 
18%
 
18%
 
37%
 
37%
 
39%
 
39%
 
46%
 
46%
 
36%
 
36%
 
41%
 
41%
 
32%
 
32%
 
42%
 
42%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.