Rio Tinto and the carbon tax PR riddle

A new US report shows many large corporates saying one thing about climate change to the public and then saying another thing to government, often indirectly via industry associations and think tanks. The trend is strong in Australia too, and Rio Tinto seems to be the biggest offender.

The Union of Concerned Scientists released an excellent publication recently entitled, A Climate of Corporate Control. This report quite methodically analyses what a number of large US corporates might say on climate change when talking to the general public, versus what they say to government and policy leaders via their government submissions, the lobbyists they hire, the political donations they provide and the funding given to think tanks and industry associations. 



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