Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil

The Science Museum exhibition in question is sponsored by Shell, one of the biggest oil companies in the world and one of the most controversial multinationals.

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.

The 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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48 Responses to “Science Museum climate sceptic exhibition sponsored by Big Oil”

  1. Victoria Henry

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

  2. Chris Coltrane

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

  3. 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

  4. 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!

  5. Gary Dunion

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

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