A new Harvard University study revealed that Exxon Mobil Corp. has been deliberately lying about the dangers of climate change for 40 years.

Huffington Post reports that two Harvard researchers published a peer-reviewed study on Wednesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters in which they analyzed almost 200 documents that pertain to America’s largest oil company’s climate change communications. They discovered that Exxon Mobile made “explicit factual misrepresentations” about climate change over and over again to the public, while secretly acknowledging its risks.

Researchers Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran wrote an op-ed in the New York Times this week in which they say, “Our findings are clear: Exxon Mobil misled the public about the state of climate science and its implications. Available documents show a systematic, quantifiable discrepancy between what Exxon Mobil’s scientists and executives discussed about climate change in private and in academic circles, and what it presented to the general public.”

In response to the study, Exxon Mobile spokesman claimed that the research was “inaccurate and preposterous.”

“Our statements have been consistent with our understanding of climate science,” he said in a statement to Agence France-Presse news agency.

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