Climate Fight Pits Exxon Against Its Ghosts
They’re not proud. Descendants of John D. Rockefeller, once the world’s richest man and founder of Standard Oil, are rising against their heritage. While influential Rockefellers may no longer be as rich as their name suggests, their foundations have helped bankroll investigations that determined that Exxon, one of Standard Oil’s corporate successors, had known about climate change as early as 1977 and later funded campaigns against climate science. Now they’re suing Exxon-Mobil to make it atone for its environmental neglect — while doing a bit of penance for the family name as well.