In the New York Review of Books, David Kaiser and Lee Wasserman describe Exxon's attempt to sow doubt about climate change:
- And in 1997... Exxon CEO Lee Raymond gave a speech in which he claimed, falsely, that “the earth is cooler today than it was twenty years ago.” (1997 would be the hottest year ever measured; that record has been broken repeatedly since then.) Raymond... concluded by saying:
- "Let’s agree there’s a lot we really don’t know about how climate will change in the twenty-first century and beyond. That means we need to understand the issue better, and fortunately, we have time. It is highly unlikely that the temperature in the middle of the next century will be significantly affected whether policies are enacted now or twenty years from now."
- - David Kaiser and Lee Wasserman, The Rockefeller Family Fund vs. Exxon, New York Review of Books, Dec. 8, 2016