Saturday, October 10, 2015

#ExxonKnew

Ice loss: 1984. Not fast enough for Exxon.
Image: Los Angeles Times.
Ice loss: 2013. Good for drilling!
Image: Los Angeles Times.





















Hard to believe, I know, but this Los Angeles Times article is suggesting that, back in the 1990s, US oil giant Exxon was claiming publicly that the science on global warming was too murky to support any conclusions ... even as its own internal scientists were telling executives privately that melting ice in the Arctic would make it cheaper to drill for oil.

Better keep on pumping out carbon fuels, then!

Is it possible there was a pattern of deliberate deception here, one affecting public health and well-being?

How did we handle that with the tobacco companies?

While we're all pondering that, suppose Exxon were to make a major ongoing DONATION of, say, a billion dollars a year for earth-friendly car-charging stations? In, say, the ten largest US metropolitan areas? For the next, say, ten years?

Either that or we could launch a RICO prosecution against Exxon for deliberate and malicious climate deception in support of the sale of a dangerous product.

Click here to tell Attorney General Loretta Lynch you want her to prosecute Exxon.