Organisation Name
American Petroleum Institute (API)
InfluenceMap Query
Climate Science Transparency
Data Source
Media Reports
 
 

Score for this Data / Query Cell

-2.0

InfluenceMap has researched and collated the following pieces of evidence associated with the data source and query indicated above. Extraordinary information is indicated by a coloured flag in the upper right corner. Evidence items in order of data inputted with exceptional items first.

 

Supporting climate change denial

InfluenceMap Comment:

Suggesting uncertainty in the science of climate change (McClatchy DC, February 2015)

Extract from Source:

API’s website does not deny climate change but is equivocal about the link made by the scientific community between global warming and burning of oil and gas. “While we rely on them for most of our energy and will likely do so for years to come, emissions from their production and use may be helping to warm our planet by enhancing the natural greenhouse effect of the atmosphere. That’s why oil and gas companies are also working to reduce their greenhouse emissions,” it reads.

Created: 26/05/2015 Last edited: 13/04/2018

 

Supporting climate change denial

InfluenceMap Comment:

Actively promoting climate denial. Directly funding or supporting any party to produce or disseminate climate change denial. (Union of Concerned Scientists, July 2015, pp 6, 9, 12 paragraph 1)

Extract from Source:

The documents [...] show that Wei-Hock (“Willie”) Soon received more than $1.2 million in research funding between 2001 and 2012 from fossil fuel interests including ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute (API) [...] Soon has written about many aspects of climate change but is best known for his work on the role of solar variability, research that has broadly overstated the role the sun plays in climate change and has been largely discredited by his scientific peers [...]  Among the most revelatory documents to have emerged [...] is an internal strategy document written in 1998 [...] The memo was written by a team convened by the API [...] The innocuously titled “Global Climate Science Communications Plan,” written with the direct involvement of fossil fuel companies including ExxonMobil (then Exxon) and Chevron, details a plan for dealing with climate change that explicitly aimed to confuse and misinform the public [...] More recently, in 2011, the API protested the EPA’s decision to regulate carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act, joining a coalition of industry groups to file a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s authority to regulate global warming emissions. The API’s lawsuit challenged the EPA on the grounds of the very doubts about climate science the trade group had worked for years to manufacture, stating that the “EPA professes to be 90–99% certain that anthropogenic emissions are mostly responsible for ‘unusually high current planetary temperatures,’ but the record does not remotely support this level of certainty”

Created: 13/07/2015 Last edited: 11/04/2017

 

Supporting science denial

InfluenceMap Comment:

Has funded research calling into question the science estabilsing a link between air pollution and health impacts to weaken climate policy (EE News, April 2018)

Extract from Source:

The research is being used by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to cast doubt on a large body of science establishing a link between air pollution and serious health effects like asthma and heart disease. EPA has given weight to the alliance's justifications for softening the rules, meant to make cars go 54 mpg in model years 2022-25. (Real world estimates put that figure at 36 mpg.) The three members include Stanley Young, affiliated with the Heartland Institute; Tony Cox, a private consultant; and Richard Smith, a statistician at the University of North Carolina. Two of them, Young and Smith, received funding from the American Petroleum Institute for research used by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers to justify weaker car rules

Created: 13/04/2018 Last edited: 21/03/2019