Criminal Exxon: Climate Change Denial May 24, 2016Posted by rogerhollander in Energy, Environment, Uncategorized.
Tags: alec, carbon tax, climate change, climate science, environment, exxon, fossil fuel, pollution
Roger’s note: Marx said that capitalism isn’t viable because it is unable to sustain a livable society. Nothing is more true today. The political leaders of the nations of the world got together in Paris and outlined a plan to halt climate change. It was not the most ambitious plan, but even that plan has zero chance of implementation. BIG OIL simply won’t allow it. Whether it be dictators or democratically elected leaders, they are powerless to save the planet because they do not call the shots.
Exxon and other oil companies pay the same PR firms and right wing front groups that helped tobacco companies lie about the risks of smoking.
Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporting shows that Exxon has known that burning oil and gas causes catastrophic climate change as far back as 1977.
But by the 1990s, Exxon had instead started funding climate disinformation at a massive scale.
All designed to spread confusion about the urgency of climate change and keep their profits high.
Three states (and counting) are investigating Exxon for misleading shareholders about the risks of climate change.
So now Exxon acknowledges human-caused climate change and even claims to support a carbon tax.”
But in reality, Exxon is quietly blocking progress. The company remains a major funder of denial-promoting groups, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
ALEC opposes a carbon tax and misinforms state lawmakers about climate change. But without Exxon’s funding, ALEC would lose influence fast.
Producing carbon emissions is dangerous. But Exxon is producing something else just as dangerous: climate change denial.
Denial is slowing our transition to cleaner energy and harming vulnerable communities.
Exxon continues to spend $27 million a year to spread denial and block climate action.
All eyes will be on Exxon at its annual shareholder meeting in Dallas on May 25, so we need to act fast.