Clean Creatives

ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, Dominion Energy, American Petroleum Institute, Exelon and other leading players in the fossil fuels business spend more than $200M annually in PR and corporate advertising to buff their image and spread misinformation about climate change, according to a report from the Clean Creatives activist group.

In its “Polluted PR: How Ad Agencies and PR Firms Secretly Block Climate Action,” released Dec. 18, Clean Creatives cites FleishmanHillard, Edelman, Weber Shandwick, Brunswick Group, Kivvit, BCW, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Ketchum, FTI Consulting and Singer & Associates among firms having ties to the energy sector.

Duncan Meisel, Clean Creatives campaign director, accused the PR firms of helping the “fossil fuel industry pretend that it has gone green’ or lobby against climate action, they’re actively undermining our ability to confront the crisis.”