Daily Archives: May 6, 2022

Divest Harvard – Ben Franta Speech


Apr 11, 2013

Ben Franta speaks at Divest Harvard rally in Harvard Yard on April 11, 2013. http://divestharvard.com/

Exxon Exposed: A Conversation with Geoffrey Supran and Ben Franta (Aug 5, 2021)

350 Silicon Valley– Oct 12, 2021

On the heels of ExxonMobil’s most embarrassing moment—when a lead lobbyist was caught on tape bragging about the company’s thus-far successful campaign to ward off international climate change action—Geoffrey Supran of Harvard and Ben Franta of Stanford came together for a bi-coastal conversation about the oil giant’s decades of deception.

Thank you Geofrrey, Ben, and everyone else who joined us on August 5th for this discussion!

To watch the Channel 4 video with the Exxon lobbyist, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v1Yg…

About Geoffrey Supran: In 2017, Geoffrey Supran published the first peer-reviewed analysis of ExxonMobil’s 40-year history of climate change communications, demonstrating that the company has long misled the public about climate change and its implications. He is currently Director of Climate Accountability Communication at the Climate Social Science Network at Brown University, and a Research Associate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard, working and publishing with Prof. Naomi Oreskes.
Geoffrey uses both qualitative and quantitative applied social science techniques to study the history of global warming politics, with an emphasis on the climate denial, delay, and propaganda tactics of fossil fuel interests. He is a frequent contributor and media commentator for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, the Guardian, and the PBS Newshour.

About Ben Franta: With a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard, Benjamin Franta is currently a PhD Candidate in History at Stanford, studying the history of fossil fuel producers and climate change politics.
He collaborates with Geoffrey Supran at the Climate Social Science Network at Brown University, which he co-founded and where he is Director of Accountability Research.
His research and writing on the politics of climate change has appeared in Nature Climate Change, The Guardian, and Project Syndicate, and has been cited in the US Congressional Record and translated into 10 languages.

350 Silicon Valley, a 501(c)(3) organization, mobilizes the resources and creativity of our region to address the climate crisis, with a focus on education and advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels. At a time when our work is expanding and the cause is urgent, this fundraiser supports our communications work. All contributions in support of this event are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Oil Money Runs Deep: A conversation with Ben Franta

Divest Princeton – Nov 16, 2020

Princeton Stanford BP Exxon Andlinger divestment conflict of interest influence A discussion with scholar and author Ben Franta about fossil funded research at universities and the ways that fossil fuel companies have used the tactics of Big Tobacco to frame the conversation.

Divest Harvard Blockade Summary

Divest Harvard– May 2, 2014

Beginning the morning of April 30th, Divest Harvard members — including undergrads, grad students, staff, and alumni — blockaded Mass Hall asking for an open dialogue on divestment and Harvard’s response to climate change. Yet rather than allowing space for discussion, the administration sent police to arrest students and rough them up. This video depicts events from the start of the blockade to the morning of May 1st where Harvard police moved in to arrest student Brett Roche and break up the blockade.

Since then, over 60,000 petition signatures have been gathered in support of Divest Harvard.

For more information, check out http://www.divestharvard.com

Ben Franta Divest Harvard speech

Divest Harvard– Oct 11, 2013


What Big Oil knew about global warming, with Dr. Benjamin Franta (Cimpatico Studios interview)

Ben Franta– Jul 26, 2020

What did petroleum companies know about global warming, and when? And how did the industry delay action? Cimpatico Studios’ Mike DiGirolamo interviews Dr. Benjamin Franta of Stanford University.

How Harvard Divested From Fossil Fuels With Ben Franta

The YEARS Project– Oct 21, 2021

One by one, colleges and universities are beginning to divest from fossil fuels. But it didn’t happen overnight. Climate researcher and former Harvard student activist Ben Franta explains how he and his peers were able to spark change. Photo creds: 350.org US Want to discover tons of ways to take action on the climate crisis, all in one place?

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Ben Franta: The Long Game: How Big Oil Delayed Climate Action For Four Decades

NYU Environmental Studies– Nov 11, 2021

How did global warming become a climate crisis? Could it have been avoided? And what do we do now? Here, I’ll discuss the secret history of the fossil fuel industry’s knowledge of climate change and efforts to delay action, alternative paths that could and should have been taken, and what this means for avoiding climate catastrophe going forward.

Global Warming: From Scientific Warning to Corporate Casualty | Ben Franta | TEDxStanford

TEDx Talks – Jul 20, 2021

How long has the fossil fuel industry known about global warming? And what can we do about it today? Dr. Benjamin Franta discusses the hidden history of climate science. Writing: Benjamin Franta Video: Victoria Jamieson Editing: Chris North Benjamin Franta is a JD-PhD Candidate at Stanford Law School and the Stanford Department of History, where he studies the history of fossil fuel producers and climate change politics. He holds a separate PhD in applied physics from Harvard University, is a former research fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and helped to organize Harvard’s internationally-known fossil fuel divestment campaign. He has served as a consulting expert for climate change litigation, and his research and writing have appeared in Nature Climate Change, The Guardian, Project Syndicate, and elsewhere, translated into 10 languages, and cited in the US Congressional Record. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

How Fossil Fuel Interests Weaponized Economists (With Ben Franta)

The Climate Pod– Sep 15, 2021

This week, Ben Franta joins the show to talk about his latest paper, “Weaponizing Economics: Big oil, economic consultants, and climate policy delay”. He explains how fossil fuel companies knew for decades that their product was warming the planet and instead of investing in new energy options, leveraged economic experts to help slow necessary action to combat the climate crisis. We also discuss Harvard University’s decision to divest from fossil fuels, which Ben was advocated for as a student of Harvard University almost a decade ago.

Ben is currently a graduate student at Stanford University focusing on the history of denial and delay tactics by the fossil fuel industry. He is also cofounder and current Director of Accountability Research for the Climate Social Science Network, a global network of social science scholars doing research on climate politics headquartered at Brown University.

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