Fossil Fuel Collections

Climate Investigations Center Collection


This collection is comprised of documents obtained by the Climate Investigations Center (CIC) via a series of Freedom of Information Act and other Public Records Requests; contact with industry companies and affiliates; industry archives and document repositories; contact with journalists, academics, and activists who shared their primary research; and litigation preparation (i.e. discovery process, depositions, etc.). Of special note in this collection: a group of Shell Oil Company documents unearthed by Jelmer Mommers of De Correspondent and published originally on CIC's Climate Files.

Spanning 1953 to 2017, the documents come from corporate fossil fuel producers and users, their trade associations and front groups, and think tanks with significant funding from those entities. The corporate documents contain internal reports, memos, correspondence, and scientific studies into anthropogenic climate change and its impacts. The rest of the collection is comprised of news bulletins, mailers, and other information created for public consumption regarding climate change, environmental policy, international climate negotiations, and the economics of mitigation and adaptation in a carbon-constrained future.

Rights: Items may be protected by copyright and are made accessible for fair use purposes, including criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and/or research.

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