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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Big Oil Spews Filth

Exxon-Mobil is at it again. Telling big lies, that is. Their CEO, Rex Tillerman, said at a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations meeting in New York that climate change was a big challenge, but that it could be solved by adapting to its risks.

Meanwhile, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which has been forecasting the dire effects of Global Warming, including heightened risk of drought and consequent wildfires, was forced to evacuate from the massive fires burning in Colorado, along with 32,000 other citizens of the state of Colorado.

Tillerman said, “As a species that’s why we’re all still here: we have spent our entire existence adapting. So we will adapt to this. It’s an engineering problem, and it has engineering solutions.”

Climate Progress noted that:

Tillerson's flippant remarks about "adapting" to the "manageable" consequences of climate change come at a time that Exxon is making record profits. In 2011, the company made $41.1 billion in profits, and Tillerson pulled in $34.9 million total compensation — a 20 percent raise from 2010.

A 2011 study found that "9 out of 10 top climate change deniers [were] linked with Exxon Mobil." So it's no surprise that Exxon's CEO would spread misinformation on global warming.

Climate Progress is unaware of any serious climate scientists who think that global warming is "manageable" simply through adaptation if we listen to the do-nothing Exxon crowd and stay anywhere near our current emissions path. We know a great many who have written that the reverse is true (see below).

It's also worth nothing that by mid-century, wildfires in the West are projected to be far, far worse. We can barely manage the wildfires we have today. How exactly would much of the West "manage" a 4-fold to 6-fold increase in wildfires? And that's just from a 1°C increase in temperatures. We could see 5 times that this century.

It's believing lies from Big Oil that has gotten us into this pickle. It's time we stood up and demanded that such lies be considered a crime against humanity. We need to arrest and lock up criminals who are sowing disinformation about Global Warming.

They've been spewing their filth for far too long.