Climate Change

Marathon Oil

InfluenceMap Score
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Organisation Score
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Houston, United States
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Marathon Oil Corporation appears to have limited engagement with climate change policy. Where it has engaged, it appears to have been generally unsupportive. In 2010, Marathon supported legislation that would undermine emissions targets set by California’s AB32. More recently in 2015, Marathon was part of a group of natural gas producers warning the White House against new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Although Marathon executives appear to have stated support for reducing reliance on coal, they have also raised concerns about the ‘economic viability’ of alternative energy sources and generally appear to support the continued use of fossil fuels in the energy mix, as well as unconventional oil production. In 2012, CFO Janet Clark indicated that Marathon favored a carbon tax as an alternative to an emissions trading policy. Overall, Marathon has disclosed very limited information on its position towards and influence on climate change policy; failing to detail any specific information on its website and not publishing responses to CDP questionnaires. Although Marathon’s annual SEC filings recognize the financial risks of some climate change legislation, they do not make Marathon’s position on these laws and regulations clear.

QUESTIONS SOURCES Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency -1 -1 NA NS NS 0 NS NA
Climate Science Stance 0 NS NA NS -2 0 NS NA
Need for climate regulations NS NS NA NS NS NS 0 NA
UN Treaty Support NS NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation -1 NA NA NA NA NA NS NS
Carbon Tax NS NS NA NS NS 1 NS NA
Emissions Trading NS NS NA NA NS NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards NS NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation NS NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix NS NS NA NS NS -1 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards NS NS NA NS -2 NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships 0 NS NA NA NA NA NS NS
Strength of Relationship

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.