There’s a new chapter being written in the global warming book. It’s called “Exon, or How to Kill the Earth for 27 Years with No Remorse”, and it’s promising to be a long and complicated one. It will be filled with intricate descriptions of how a major oil company has been denying climate change for almost three decades, even though it had always know it was true.
Not only has it itself maintained that climate change was one big scheme against oil companies, but it has continuously funded climate change deniers so as to appear that they were never the only ones that did not believe in its disastrous effects.
Everything seems very similar to what happened to Big Tobacco in the past. The case then was that the tobacco industry giant had known for years of the connection between smoking and lung cancer, yet have never once warned their customers about this. The case, as you may remember, ended with the company being brought down in a lawsuit filed by the Federal Department of Justice.
The newest evidence shows that Lenny Bernstein, a top climate scientists who had been working with ExxonMobil for over 30 years had filed reports and sent countless emails to the management warning about the damaging effects climate change is having and how Exxon is contributing to this.
Despite these reports which begin in 1981, Exxon has spent a staggering 30 million dollars attacking climate change since the first warning by their well-documented scientist.
Sharon Eubanks, the lawyer from the Federal Department of Justice who led the case against the tobacco giant warns that this new turnout looks surprisingly like a big conspiracy against the reality that is climate change.
Despite all these accusations against it, Exxon still maintains its innocents, with Richard Keil, a spokesperson for the oil company, saying that they have never in their history funded “the reality” of climate change and that they were considering a carbon tax as early as 2007. A carbon tax that, ultimately, never arrived.
Keil’s declarations are in overt contradiction with Greenpeace which accused Exxon of funding controversial research from the complicated figure Willie Soon.
In 2014 alone, Exxon spent over $1 million on climate change denial research and groups.
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