What Big Oil knew about climate change

This fifteen minute video details what the oil industry has known, for decades, about how its activities would affect the planet — and what they did about it. Their activities were profoundly successful, as evidenced by the multitudes who are, even today, in denial about the problem.

In 1959*, a very well-respected scientist named Edward Teller was invited to speak at the symposium celebrating a hundred years of the American oil industry. To all the oil executives in the room he said this about climate change: “Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere causes a greenhouse effect, and burning more fossil fuels could melt the ice cap and submerge New York.”

Until recently, no one knew the truth about what the oil industry knew and what it did with this information.

Now, we know.

* Yes, you read that right.

Hat tip to Peter Sinclair.
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Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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9 Responses to What Big Oil knew about climate change

  1. Unfortunately, his commentary apparently fell upon deaf ears. I know the evils of Big Oil & Gas too well after a 3-year battle with them wanting to place a pipeline next to my home. While I successfully had them relocate it twice, it still lays on the boundary of my property. The environment and I get nothing but the ill-effects while they make millions. So disheartening what greed will do.

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  2. Bryntin says:

    Breaks your heart to think of how many trillions have been spent on propping up and propagating this blind alley there has been over the decades, with back-handers, numbered accounts and misdirection, when the sun shone and gave out it’s copious energy for free, as it did when it sustained the animals that ended up making the oil.
    Where would we be in our harnessing of the sun and Earth’s free and clean energy by now if it wasn’t diverted into trying to make power and money out of the things that it used to power for all those years?

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  3. I have no doubt at all that this is true.
    The next observation is to question why some people think that we will all be saved by some new technology when the fossil companies just see such a technology as a threat to their profits. Good post.

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  4. daryan12 says:

    You think they only cared about money! Not that there’s any link between what big oil knew and the massive amount of money that went the way of deniers immediately afterwards! Its like the tobacco exec’s lining up to say “cigarettes are not addictive”.

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