At the same time, Exxon’s own researchers and engineers were “quietly incorporating climate-change projections into the company’s planning and closely studying how to adapt the company’s Arctic operations to a warming planet,” according to a Los Angeles Times investigationpublished in 2015.
Any risk of liability here akin to tobacco industry? I guess climate change victims face stiff hurdles to mount a suit.
Yup! That sums it up nicely. Big Oil KNEW about this problem decades ago from their own research. And just like Big Tobacco they lied about the results to protect their precious fortunes. All to the detriment of us.
Sorry Leap, I agree that we should do everything we can to reduce pollution but I like my gas vehicles. My next vehicle probably will be electric but I do not see me pulling a trailer with an electric vehicle any time in the next decade. I understand that some fossil fuel executives have lied but fossil fuels have made my life easier and I don’t think we should demonize them while using them every day. I still heat my home with Natural Gas and that probably won’t go away for at least 20 years.
It has worked so well in the past. Think of radium used on watch dials ( The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore). Or think of lead tetraethyl used in gasoline or lead in paint (The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York by Deborah Blum). And of course as you mentioned tobacco ( Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway).