Lee Raymond (born August 13, 1938) is an American businessman, and the chief executive officer (CEO) and chairman of ExxonMobil from 1999 to 2005. He had previously been the CEO of Exxon since 1993. He joined the company in 1963 and has been president since 1987, and a director since 1984.
- First, let's agree there's a lot we really don't know about how climate will change in the 21st century and beyond. That means we need to understand the issue better, and fortunately, we have time. It is highly unlikely that the temperature in the middle of the next century will be significantly affected whether policies are enacted now or 20 years from now.
It also means it's bad public policy to impose very costly regulations and restrictions when their need has yet to be proven, their total impact undefined, and when nations are not prepared to act in concert.
- Speech before the World Petroleum Congress in Beijing, China, October 13, 1997 (Raymond, Lee (October 13, 1997). 1997 Exxon’s Lee Raymond Speech at World Petroleum Congress. Retrieved on January 3, 2019.; Herrick, Thaddeus (August 29, 2001). "Exxon CEO Lee Raymond's Stance On Global Warming Causes a Stir". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on January 3, 2019. ; Banerjee, Neela; Song, Lisa; Hasemyer, David (September 16, 2015). "Exxon's Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels' Role in Global Warming Decades Ago". InsideClimate News. Retrieved on January 3, 2019. ; McKibben, Bill (October 28, 2015). "Imagine if Exxon had told the truth on climate change". The Guardian. Retrieved on January 3, 2019. )
- ...projections are based on completely unproven climate models, or, more often, on sheer speculation.
- At 1999 annual stockholders meeting (Jerving, Sara; Jennings, Katie; Hirsch, Masako Melissa; Rust, Susanne (October 9, 2015). "What Exxon knew about the Earth's melting Arctic". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on January 3, 2019. ; McKibben, Bill (October 20, 2015). "Exxon Knew Everything There Was to Know About Climate Change by the Mid-1980s—and Denied It". The Nation. Retrieved on December 23, 2018. )