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What Year Is It? BBC Rehashes #ExxonKnew Using the Same Old Sources

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The BBC is the latest legacy media institution that’s done a deep dive into the “Exxon Knew” campaign and churned out a 10-part podcast series that features very little in the way of new reporting but includes plenty of biased voices looking to smear the energy industry.

Instead, the series merely rehashes prior reporting that’s existed for years to allege that ExxonMobil hid its knowledge about climate change, despite recent court rulings that cleared the company of any wrongdoing. Like past reporting, the series ignores key documents from the company that shows ExxonMobil was engaged in robust climate research in the 1970s and 1980s but was unable to reach definitive conclusions at the time, completely undercutting the “Exxon Knew” premise.

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