Turns out that some of the most accurate projections that support human-caused global warming were made by Exxon scientists 25-40 years ago. Exxon internal documents show that their own scientists modeled anthropogenic climate change similar to academic and government efforts and came to the same conclusions that fossil fuel-caused global warming was real and significant. Exxon just lied about it.
“…we quantitatively evaluated all available global warming projections documented by—and in many cases modeled by—Exxon and ExxonMobil Corp scientists between 1977 and 2003. We find that most of their projections accurately forecast warming that is consistent with subsequent observations. Their projections were also consistent with, and at least as skillful as, those of independent academic and government models. Exxon and ExxonMobil Corp also correctly rejected the prospect of a coming ice age, accurately predicted when human-caused global warming would first be detected, and reasonably estimated the “carbon budget” for holding warming below 2°C. On each of these points, however, the company’s public statements about climate science contradicted its own scientific data.” https://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.abk0063
Not surprising but still sad.
There is a “climate change conspiracy” but it is not being led by “Greens”, socialists, and radical environmentalists. It was, is, and always has been a conspiracy of the fossil fuel industry. Follow the money.