Scholars

Geoffrey Supran

Harvard University
United States

Geoffrey Supran is a Research Associate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University and Director of Accountability Communication for the Climate Science Social Network. His research investigates the history and tactics of climate denial and propaganda by fossil fuel interests. Geoffrey has briefed U.S. Senators and Governors, testified as an expert witness to European Parliament and the Philippines Commission on Human Rights, and co-authored numerous amicus briefs in support of climate litigation. Geoffrey’s research and organizing have been covered by most major news outlets. He is also a frequent contributor and commentator in international media, such as Scientific American, PBS Newshour, The New York Times, and The Guardian.

Publications

Peter Erickson, Harro van Asselt, Doug Koplow, Michael Lazarus, Peter Newell, Naomi Oreskes, & Geoffrey Supran. “Why fossil fuel producer subsidies matter,”

Nature 578 E1-E4 (February 2020).

John Cook, Geoffrey Supran, Stephan Lewandowsky, Naomi Oreskes, & Ed Maibach. “America Misled: How the fossil fuel industry deliberately misled Americans about climate change,”

George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (October 2019).

Robert Brulle*, Center for Climate Integrity*, The Chesapeake Climate Action Network*, Justin Farrell*, Benjamin Franta*, Stephan Lewandowsky*, Naomi Oreskes*, Geoffrey Supran*, & Union of Concerned Scientists*. “Amicus Brief submitted to United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in support of Baltimore in Baltimore v. BP P.L.C. et al.”

Amicus Brief  (September 2019).

Geoffrey Supran & Naomi Oreskes “Assessing ExxonMobil’s climate change communications (1977-2014),”

Environmental Research Letters 12 (August 2017).

Marco Miotti*, Geoffrey Supran*, Ella J. Kim, & Jessika E. Trancik. “Personal vehicles evaluated against climate mitigation targets,”

Environment Science & Technology 50 (September 2016).

Media Coverage

Geoffrey Supran interviewed about BP climate propaganda by Mark Kaufman. “The carbon footprint sham,” Mashable, July 13, 2020

Geoffrey Supran’s research on fossil fuel subsidies cited by U.S. House Democrats’ Climate Crisis Action Plan. “Select committee Democrats release ‘Solving Climate Change Crisis,’ a congressional roadmap for ambitious climate action,” June 30, 2020.

Geoffrey Supran interviewed about fossil fuel advertising by Emily Atkin. “Twitter says Big Oil’s pandemic ads aren’t ‘political,'” Heated, May 7, 2020.

Geoffrey Supran’s ExxonMobil study cited by Anderson Cooper when questioning Joe Biden. “CNN’s climate crisis town hall,” CNN, September 5, 2019.

Geoffrey Supran’s interviewed about fossil fuel funding in academia by Sharon Kelly. “How Mobil pushed its oil agenda through ‘charitable giving,’” The Guardian, June 12, 2019.

Geoffrey Supran’s analysis of ExxonMobil’s climate communications reported as the seventh most talked-about climate change article of 2017. “Analysis: The climate papers most featured in the media in 2017,” Carbon Brief, January 24, 2018.

Geoffrey Supran’s ExxonMobil study reported by Miles O’Brien. “Academic study concludes Exxon Mobil misled on climate change,” PBS Newshour, August 23, 2017.

Geoffrey Supran’s ExxonMobil study reported by John Schwartz. “Exxon misled the public on climate change, study says,” The New York Times, August 23, 2017.

Geoffrey Supran’s science activism reported by Miles O’Brien. “Scientists dive into the political fray,” PBS Newshour, April 19, 2017.