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Benjamin Franta

University of Oxford
United Kingdom
Email bafranta [at] stanford [period/dot] edu

Benjamin Franta is a Senior Research Fellow in Climate Litigation at the Sustainable Law Programme at Oxford University. He 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.


Climate-Washing Litigation: Legal Liability for Misleading Climate Communications (CSSN Report, Jan. 2022)

Climate litigation rising: Hot spots to watch (American Bar Association Trends, Dec. 2021)

Franta B. 2021. “Weaponizing economics: Big Oil, economic consultants, and climate policy delay,” Environmental Politics. August 25, 2021:1-21.

Franta B. 2021. “Early oil industry disinformation on global warming,” Environmental Politics. 2021;0(0):1-6.

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

CSSN Scholar Ben Franta discusses fossil fuel disinformation in this AP News article: Climate disinformation leaves lasting mark as world heats

How long has the fossil fuel industry known about global warming? And what can we do about it today? CSSN Scholar Benjamin Franta discusses the hidden history of climate science in this TEDxStanford talk: Global Warming: From Scientific Warning to Corporate Casualty.

Stanford researcher Ben Franta joins to talk about a bombshell new discovery: the American Petroleum Institute not only knew about climate change back in the 70s, it started pushing climate denial as early as 1980. “The API Was Pushing Climate Denial Way Earlier Than Anyone Thought on Apple Podcasts,” Drilled.

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.

Will Chevron renounce its history of deception by leaving the American Petroleum Institute? Benjamin Franta, Union of Concerned Scientists, May 24, 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.

Are Universities Actively Thwarting Efforts to Combat Climate Change? Benjamin Franta, The Nation, May 12, 2016.

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.