Conflict of Interest?

August 10, 2006

Ethics Daily ran my latest article today, which is entitled "Signers of Environmental Statement Funded by ExxonMobil." It deals with signers of the recent Interfaith Stewardship Alliance statement on the environment, which downplayed concerns about climate change.

The article points out that of the signers, eight of them work for six organizations that have received a total of $2.32 million in donations from ExxonMobil over the last three years. This includes one of the four authors of the document. Two men connected to the Jack Abramoff scandal also signed the statement.

While some may claim that such a connection between ExxonMobil and a document dismissing climate change claims is an innocent coincidence, it does raise serious concerns of a possible conflict of interest. It is sad if some Christians have reduced themselves to being pawns of Big Oil and its attempt to distort the truth. Christians should avoid even the appearance of wrongdoing.