Inside The Tangled Climate Battle Between The Rockefellers And Exxon Mobil

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Exxon Mobil's Billings Refinery in Billings, Mont., in September 2016. (Matthew Brown/AP)

President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state comes as the oil giant is locked in a battle with environmental groups, more than a dozen state attorneys general and the Rockefeller Family Fund.

David Kaiser, the great-great-grandson of John D. Rockefeller, offered evidence in a series of articles in the New York Review of Books that Exxon Mobil's scientists decided in the late-1980s to deny climate change to protect its interests. Exxon denies these charges, and says Rockefeller is funding a conspiracy.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Kaiser about the allegations.

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