I wonder if anyone who bemoans how some of us dare demonize mega-corporations because, after all, they are run by “decent” people
who have their own families and share the same existential concerns as the rest of us peons of the world.
Riddle me this, why would a Board Of Directors and the Operating Officers (supposedly decent intelligent people) that had clearly recognized the reality that
increasing our atmosphere’s greenhouse gas concentrations would lead to increasing atmospheric insulation,
which would inevitably lead to warming our global climate engine,
which would inevitably take our weather patterns out of it’s current regime, the regime that our complex society evolved within,
into a realm of destructive extremes along with sea level rise that will destroy coastal cities and infrastructure -
spend millions and millions and millions of dollars on denying the science and the evidence
using every devious dirty trick and ruthlessly attacking serious qualified and honorable scientists?
What am I talking about you may ask?
Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says – but it funded deniers for 27 more years Suzanne Goldenberg - July 6, 2015 ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly discovered email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial. … “Exxon first got interested in climate change in 1981 because it was seeking to develop the Natuna gas field off Indonesia," Lenny Bernstein, a 30-year industry veteran and Exxon’s former in-house climate expert, wrote in the email. “This is an immense reserve of natural gas, but it is 70% CO2," or carbon dioxide, the main driver of climate change. However, Exxon’s public position was marked by continued refusal to acknowledge the dangers of climate change, even in response to appeals from the Rockefellers, its founding family, and its continued financial support for climate denial. Over the years, Exxon spent more than $30m on thinktanks and researchers that promoted climate denial, according to Greenpeace. … “The science in 1981 on this subject was in the very, very early days and there was considerable division of opinion," Richard Keil, an Exxon spokesman, said. “There was nobody you could have gone to in 1981 or 1984 who would have said whether it was real or not. Nobody could provide a definitive answer." … (check out the entire article) http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/27/rockefeller-family-tried-and-failed-exxonmobil-accept-climate-change http://www.exxonsecrets.org/maps.phpRichard Keil: "No one could provide a definitive answer" The fundamentals were well understood, the direction of unavoidable and irreversible changes was clear! The details of how it would play out had plenty of questions. But would a sane person send someone out on a 50 mile track across a desert with a quart of water simply because "No one could provide a definitive" regarding the sequence and pace of the challenges and dangers that person would face >:-( Not just that but then to fabricate every imaginable bullshit to minimize and ignore the dangers that person would be facing while ignoring an MDs advice and information about the dangers. Is my anger showing :blank: Well why not get angry about people who have and are willfully destroying the foundations of our society for short term profits, such as the healthy landscapes, oceans and the biosphere humanity is utterly dependent on. So tell me besides being bad form, why shouldn't one consider Richard Keil (and his ilk) as unhinged pricks and a danger (nay traitor) to society???