ExxonMobil's Response to Union of Concerned Scientists Report

With regard to support ExxonMobil provides to various public policy organizations, our support extends to a fairly broad array of organizations that research significant domestic and foreign policy issues and promote discussion on issues of direct relevance to the company. For example, we support groups ranging from the Brookings Institution to the American Enterprise Institute, and from the Council on Foreign Relations to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. As most of these organizations are independent of their corporate sponsors and are tax-exempt, our financial support does not connote any substantive control over or responsibility for the policy recommendations or analyses they produce. As you might expect, in many cases and with respect to the full range of policy positions taken by these organizations, we find some of them persuasive and enlightening, and some not. But there is value in the debate they prompt if it can lead to better informed and more optimal public policy decisions.

We annually review our support of tax-exempt organizations and make appropriate adjustments. In addition, we publish the complete list of such organizations on our Web site and we update this list once per year.

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