The graphics were produced by Paul Horn with reporting by Lisa Song, Zahra Hirji and contributions from the entire ICN staff. They provide a visual timeline of Exxon’s views and efforts on climate change since the 1970s, and evidence of its uncertainty campaigns in the 1990s and 2000s. The stories, based on internal company documents and other primary sources, dive into ExxonMobil’s history with global warming science and its subsequent efforts to challenge the consensus for climate action by spreading scientific doubt.
The series was the result of an eight-month investigation. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the Public Service category, and has been honored with several other awards. Those include: the National Press Foundation’s Stokes Award, the Scripps Howard Award for environmental reporting, the Izzy Award for independent media, and two honors from Society of American Business Editors and Writers. It was also a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting.
Here are the award-winning graphics from Exxon: The Road Not Taken (click images to enlarge and download):