Rowlands I H, 2000, "Beauty and the beast? BP’s and Exxon’s positions on global climate change" Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 18(3) 339 – 354
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Beauty and the beast? BP’s and Exxon’s positions on global climate change
Ian H Rowlands
Received 3 July 1997; in revised form 25 May 1999
Abstract. The author attempts first to determine whether there are significant differences among the major oil companies’ positions on global climate change, and second to discover the reasons behind any differences found. The investigation focuses upon Exxon and BP Amoco—two of the world’s largest oil companies. The differences between the two, with regard to their attitudes and actions on global climate change, are striking: whereas Exxon is continuing to act as one might initially expect (resisting proactive policies on climate change), BP Amoco appears more willing to contemplate a world that uses less oil. Attempts to explain these differences focus upon the companies’ respective interests, their management structures, and their nationalities. It appears that all factors are important, at least to some degree. The paper concludes with a discussion of research limitations and suggestions.
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