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Oil companies are passing the buck on climate change

May 16, 2018, 7:39 AM EDT
(Source: Bernard Spragg. NZ/flickr)
(Source: Bernard Spragg. NZ/flickr)

Sylvia Jaworska, a linguist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, points out in her latest study, the deceptive, evasive approach of oil companies that religiously publish social responsibility reports and optional documents but rarely walk the talk in present.

Jaworska assessed the language the oil companies used in their global warming reports between 2000 and 2013, only to catch how the issue of climate change is being left to be “tackled” in future without the mention of any specific actions, writes Futurism.

The study, published in the International Journal of Business Communication, accuses the oil companies of framing their reports in a manner that obscures their contribution to environmental degradation and instead “grooms” public perception of their positive role in addressing the problem.

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