Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil


Yesterday The Times reported plans by the Science Museum to change the name of its exhibition on climate change in response to a perceived increase in public scepticism about the science of global warming.

Shell-Oil.jpgThe report said that:

“The museum is abandoning its previous practice of trying to persuade visitors of the dangers of global warming. It is instead adopting a neutral position, acknowledging that there are legitimate doubts about the impact of man-made emissions on the climate.

Museum director, Professor Chris Rapley, told The Times:

“The Science Museum will not state a position on whether or not climate change is real, driven by humans or threatening.”

This was quickly seized upon by the most prominent climate denial websites.

Left Foot Forward now understands that the exhibition in question is sponsored by Shell, one of the biggest oil companies in the world and one of the most controversial multinationals in large part due to its climate wrecking practises and disinformation campaigns about climate science.

In the United States, Shell is part of the American Petroleum Institute, the organisation leading the campaign to peddle anti-science propaganda, and to orchestrate “astroturfing” “fake grassroots” campaigns against Obama’s clean energy reforms and the regulation of greenhouse gases.

In Canada, Shell is producing tar sands – the dirtiest oil there is, whilst here it is pulling out of renewable schemes. You have to ask: Is the Science Museum really representing the real scientific community, or pandering to the wishes of their corporate sponsors?

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  • http://twitter.com/zliv/status/11036408762 Zoe J

    RT @leftfootfwd: Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil: http://bit.ly/dwcVEf

  • http://twitter.com/f8vnz/status/11036421319 Philip Painter

    RT @leftfootfwd: Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil: http://bit.ly/dwcVEf

  • http://twitter.com/andrewtindall/status/11036544596 Andrew Tindall

    RT @leftfootfwd: Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil: http://bit.ly/dwcVEf

  • Mr. Sensible

    Joss that is all that makes up the sceptics’ ‘case.’

  • http://twitter.com/twoseventwo/status/11037505816 Two Seven Two

    Would we let the tobacco industry fund museum exhibits about the safety of their products? RT @leftfootfwd http://bit.ly/dwcVEf

  • http://twitter.com/victohenry/status/11037816390 Victoria Henry

    Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, takes a "neutral" position. Oh and it's sponsored by Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1 WTF

  • http://twitter.com/chris_coltrane/status/11038065796 Chris Coltrane

    Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, takes a "neutral" position. Oh, and it's sponsored by Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/shrinkydinky/status/11038325319 Jamie

    RT @victohenry: Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, takes a "neutral" position. Oh and it's sponsored by Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1 WTF

  • Konnolsky

    Here in my butcher’s shop in Smollensk my assistant Yuri is very puzzle about climates change. “Boss,” he is say “How can be any climate changings. Smollensk is always f*cking freezing.” I am agreement him, though smack ignorant head for swear. It is cold here, has always been cold here, and will always be cold here. Advantage is no need for fridge in shop.

    So perhaps Shells is have point. Last year, I am go exhibition of climate changes at Smollensky Museum. Is sponsor by Big Oleg, he local oligarch, rich in oil and gas, and he provide my protection and that for most small business in Smollensk. It prove conclusive that climate change is invent by conspiracy of CIA, Ukraine and Poland in attempt force energy diversifyings and bankrupt Russia.

    So you should be happiness with your Science Museum, which is show great lead against Western Imperialist puppet Al Gore and his Inconvenient Tooth. Though Yuri says hope Gore right as then shop become warm. He is ask for it now!

  • http://twitter.com/garydunion/status/11038811422 Gary Dunion

    "Public scepticism" = huge pile of cash. Shell literally buys climate doubt from SciMus http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1 (Ta @chriscoltrane @victohenry)

  • Liz McShane

    Konnolsky – you would definitely give Borat/Sacha Baron Cohen a run for his money! Do you drive a Trabant?

  • http://twitter.com/garydunion/status/11039169489 Gary Dunion

    Correction: last link via @chris_coltrane. I'M STILL VERY ANGRY ABOUT IT, BTW. http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • Konnolsky

    No. Is mint conditions 1999 Mercedes Benz. Big Oleg give for present (I hide gun for him once in cow rectum). I only pay him 100 roubles per month for car on top of protection monies. He very flexible and only want shop and house if payments late. He promise leave knee caps alone.

  • http://twitter.com/hannahnicklin/status/11039567551 hannahnicklin

    RT @chris_coltrane: Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, a "neutral" position. Oh, it's sponsored by Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/ilovewestleeds/status/11039716421 Jane Earnshaw

    RT @hannahnicklin: RT @chris_coltrane: Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, a "neutral" position. Oh, it's sponsored by Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • Liz McShane

    Konnolsky – when is you next gig at the comedy club?

  • http://twitter.com/abi281/status/11039892020 Abi S

    RT @chris_coltrane: Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, takes a "neutral" position. Oh, and it's sponsored by Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/luluartist/status/11040152857 Lucy Bannister

    Very disappointed in the Science Museum;Shell sponsored #climate exhibition renamed 2 b 'neutral' http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1 (via @chris_coltrane)

  • http://twitter.com/allyd70/status/11042013642 Allan Douglas

    RT @josiefraser: Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Shell RT @hannahnicklin RT @chris_coltrane: http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/burntturnip/status/11042261887 Liam B….bad joke

    Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, takes "neutral" position. Sponsors? Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1 Et tu, er, Science Museum

  • http://twitter.com/chickenings/status/11044780334 Kyra Ings

    RT @josiefraser: Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Shell RT @hannahnicklin RT @chris_coltrane: http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/ving_faction/status/11046015146 Ving Faction

    Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil http://j.mp/bvRGKi

  • http://twitter.com/illystraight/status/11046612081 karen harvill

    RT @hannahnicklin: Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, a "neutral" position. Oh, it's sponsored by Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • Josh

    Oh behave you silly boys. Oil companies have funded environmental causes too. The Guardian’s Environment page is sponsored by Shell. But you have to remember, rational, objective science does not matter to the global warming alarmists. The universities do not give research grants to sceptics. It is all piled into those ‘who believe.’ We have to get our funding from somwhere, and if an oil company is allowed to fund global cooling deniers, they should be able to fund anthropogenic climate change sceptics. You claim to campaign against media manipulation, so I assume you campaign against manipulation of data. When one of the most important climate change research centres is manipulating data, and the IPCC is admitting errors left, right and centre, how can we trust you corrupt morons?

  • http://twitter.com/richardtrillo/status/11052512130 Richard Trillo

    RT @leftfootfwd: Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil: http://bit.ly/dwcVEf <Eurrgh, depressing and sickening

  • http://twitter.com/audreydixon/status/11056150296 audrey dixon

    RT @leftfootfwd: Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil: http://bit.ly/dwcVEf

  • Joss Garman

    Joe Romm over at Climate Progress has done an excellent piece on this too that’s well worth checking out: http://climateprogress.org/2010/03/25/london-science-museum-climate-exhibit-rapley-shell-skeptics/#more-21862

  • http://twitter.com/ellispritchard/status/11058575392 ellispritchard

    RT @chris_coltrane: Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, takes a "neutral" position. Oh, and it's sponsored by Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/pauldburgess/status/11065205320 Paul Burgess

    Science Museum takes "neutral" stance on climate change following Shell sponsorship. http://bit.ly/9h0lod Appalling. Any ideas for protests?

  • http://twitter.com/beforethelaw/status/11065994791 Rob Smith

    RT @BurntTurnip: Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, takes "neutral" position. Sponsors? Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1 Et tu, er, Science Museum

  • http://twitter.com/mosmi/status/11083409834 Alan Morton-Smith

    Bad form, @sciencemuseum. RT @leftfootfwd: Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/davidawoodward/status/11085214703 David Woodward

    RT @leftfootfwd: Science Museum climate skeptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil: http://bit.ly/dwcVEf

  • klem

    You make it sound like this is something new. Yes the museuam is pandering to it’s financial supporters, just like any organization which requires funding from outside sources panders to it’s supporters. This is what they are supposed to do. They are concerned that they will not hit their numbers and run into financial trouble. You also make it sound like money from Big Oil is evil, implying that money from Big-Green is pure and saintly. Lol! Man you have a clear and simple view of the world.

  • http://twitter.com/frabcus/status/11097891204 Francis Irving

    Shell paying the Science Museum to pretend that Climate Change isn't real? Seems so. http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/qwghlm/status/11098164355 Chris Applegate

    Utterly shameful: Science Museum refuse to take position whether global warming is real after getting money from Shell http://bit.ly/bGaiam

  • http://twitter.com/jakeg82/status/11098282010 Jake Gordon

    RT @frabcus: Shell paying the Science Museum to pretend that Climate Change isn't real? Seems so. http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/jenni_jackson/status/11098609389 Jenni Jackson

    Tsk… Shell-sponsored Science Museum exhibition goes neutral on our part in global warming: http://twurl.nl/mrzftx

  • http://twitter.com/rptb1/status/11098675814 Richard Brooksby

    RT @frabcus: Shell paying the Science Museum to pretend that Climate Change isn't real? Seems so. http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/floppy/status/11098725217 James Smith

    RT @frabcus: Shell paying the Science Museum to pretend that Climate Change isn't real? Seems so. http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1

  • http://twitter.com/paulgrahamraven/status/11098746994 Paul Graham Raven

    *sigh* RT @qwghlm: Science Museum refuse to take position whether global warming is real after getting money from Shell http://bit.ly/bGaiam

  • http://twitter.com/brunns/status/11098771083 Simon Brunning

    RT @qwghlm: Utterly shameful: Science Museum refuse to take position whether global warming is real http://bit.ly/bGaiam

  • http://twitter.com/barnetakela/status/11099571867 Graham Steed

    RT @qwghlm: Utterly shameful: Science Museum refuse to take position whether global warming is real after getting money from Shell http://bit.ly/bGaiam

  • http://twitter.com/catspin/status/11099913467 Dave Parry

    RT @qwghlm: Utterly shameful: Science Museum refuse to take position whether global warming is real after getting money from Shell http://bit.ly/bGaiam

  • James Grant

    Why are you not starting a petition? (Or haven’t I looked carefully enough?)

  • Graeme Kemp

    April Fool?!

  • http://twitter.com/rochelleh/status/11293091252 rochelle

    RT @victohenry: Science Museum renames climate change exhibition, takes a "neutral" position. Oh and it's sponsored by Shell http://bit.ly/9aZ6d1 WTF

  • http://twitter.com/cl_green/status/11307485987 Creative Loafing

    Science Museum plans climate skeptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil (via @leftfootfwd) #green #climatechange http://bit.ly/cpqOvW

  • http://twitter.com/gerbilmark/status/11481969713 mark pryke

    @Greenpeace Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Shell: http://tinyurl.com/yjqxhjl #Shell

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