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Assessing Corporate Influence on Climate Change Dialogue

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Companies help shape public dialogue around climate change, and corporate messages on the topic have been diverse: From support for international climate negotiations and green marketing campaigns to doubt about climate science and organized denial campaigns. A sample of 28 U.S.-based companies was analyzed to determine which of these corporate messages have aligned with climate science. In addition, sample companies were identified as consistent or inconsistent in actions related to climate-change. We found that although companies expressed concern about climate change or commitment to mitigation, half of the companies misrepresented climate science in public communications. This chapter concludes with ways to hold companies accountable for their statements on climate change and with recommendations for developing a more science-based dialogue.

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Goldman, G., Grifo, F., Rogerson, P., Gutman, B.L. (2014). Assessing Corporate Influence on Climate Change Dialogue. In: Drake, J., Kontar, Y., Rife, G. (eds) New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement. Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, vol 38. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-01821-8_1

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