Scholars

Benjamin Franta

Stanford University
United States

Benjamin Franta studies the history of climate science and denial and analyzes legal strategies for holding fossil fuel producers accountable for the climate effects of their products.

Publications

Brief of amici curiae Robert Brulle, Center for Climate Integrity, Justin Farrell, Benjamin Franta, Stephan Lewandowsky, Naomi Oreskes, Geoffrey Supran, and the Union of Concerned Scientists in support plaintiff-appellee and affirmance. 

City of Oakland et al. v. BP P.L.C. et al., No. 18-16663 (9th Circuit) (2019).

Benjamin Franta. 2018. “Early oil industry knowledge of CO2  and global warming,”

Nature Climate Change (November 2018).

Benjamin Franta. 2017.  “Litigation in the fossil fuel divestment movement,”

Law & Policy (August 2017).

Benjamin Franta, Hilly Ann Roa-Quiaoit, Dexter Lo, Gemma Narisma. “Climate disasters in the Philippines: A case study of immediate causes and root drivers from Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao and Tropical Storm Sendong/Washi,”

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs Report (November 2016).

Media Coverage

Benjamin Franta interviewed on climate denial of oil companies by Mike DiGirolamo. “Big Oil’s History of Secret Climate Change Knowledge,” Cimpatico Podcast, August 14, 2020

“The pernicious influence of Big Oil on America’s universities,” Benjamin Franta, The New Republic, June 8, 2020.

“Chevron Evades Questions About its History of Climate Disinformation,” Benjamin Franta, Union of Concerned Scientists, June 10, 2019.

“Shell and Exxon’s secret 1980s climate change warnings,” Benjamin Franta, The Guardian, September 19, 2018.

“Global Warming’s Paper Trail,” Benjamin Franta, Project Syndicate, September 12, 2018.

Benjamin Franta featured on podcast discussing climate politics. “Climate Conversation with Ben Franta: Scientist, Historian, Activist(II),” Physical Attraction, February 22, 2018.

Benjamin Franta featured on podcast discussing climate politics. “Climate Conversation with Ben Franta: Scientist, Historian, Activist(I),” Physical Attraction, February 14, 2018.

“Trump pulled out the oil industry playbook and players for Paris,” Benjamin Franta, The Guardian, July 26, 2017.

Benjamin Franta interviewed on Harvard divestment movement by Sonali Kolhatkar. “Harvard Students Face Arrest Over Fossil Fuel Divestment,” Rising Up with Sonali, April 15, 2016.

“Fossil Fuel Divestment: Some Points of Utility,” Benjamin Franta, Huffpost, March 30, 2015.