not alone in its demonic subterfuge. Exxon is being investigated for criminal
wrongdoings and some other fossil fuel companies are also coming under legal
The extent to which these oil giants will go to protect
their interests should not be underestimated. In recent months, Exxon has
embarked on a campaign of bullying. They have attempted to intimidate
scientists, journalists and most recently, Columbia University. The school is
being targeted in retaliation for the investigative work done by Columbia
graduate students who contributed to the Exxon expose. This prompted , campaign director for Oil
Change International, to share the following:
Their efforts to control the message and misinform the
public is hardly new. On the same day that the Intergovernmental Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) released its report in 2014, Exxon issued its own report
touting the importance of oil and gas to the economy and smugly predicting that
governments would not dare to impose limits on fossil fuel emissions.
are dealing with. They bring their immense resources to bear as they are flush
with cash after decades of raping and pillaging the earth.
In 2012, the fossil fuel industry was already the . Recent
revelations are not likely to improve their standing. The shift in the public’s
perception of fossil fuels is fundamentally irretrievable, nonetheless,
ExxonMobil is doing what it can to crush the controversy.
God’s-not-so-green-Earth-anymore would anyone want to be Exxon’s partner?”
in their right mind would want to be associated with. Even the architects of
these clever misinformation campaigns are realizing that such associations are
an existential threat. As reported by , last summer, Edelman, the
world’s biggest public relations company, divorced itself from coal producers
the American Petroleum Institute (API), Alec, the Keystone XL pipeline, fake
front groups and climate change deniers. This has nothing to do with conscience,
as the firm explained, such clients pose a direct threat to their bottom
BP’s own reports predict that we will see warming that
is far worse than the 1.5 – 2 degrees Celsius upper threshold limit agreed upon
at the recent COP21 meeting. BP’s annual Energy Outlook report predicts that
fossil fuel use will increase and cause warming that is between 2.5 and 6
for fossil fuel companies to monitor and share climate research between 1979 and
1983. They also indicate that new investigative reporting by Neela Banerjee with
Inside Climate News suggests that the whole fossil fuel industry has known about
the impacts of carbon emissions on the climate for decades. Together they
successfully conspired to kill the Kyoto Protocol and their deceitful climate
denying lobbying efforts continue to this day.
is about today
As explained by Bill McKibben, the horrible malfeasance
of the fossil fuel industry is not just about what they have done in the past,
it is about what they continue to do today:
Despite the fact that they know their industry is
responsible for the climate crisis, the fossil fuel industry continues to the veracity of climate science and invest
massive sums of money to find and exploit new reserves. As reported by the , a recent
study indicates that the world’s 42 largest investor-owned fossil fuel companies
(including ExxonMobil, BP and Shell) continue to spend $700 billion per year to
identify and develop new fossil fuel reserves.
temperature increases within acceptable limits if the ongoing exploitation of
new fossil fuels are allowed to continue.
by Big Oil. If fossil fuel companies are charged and found guilty of fraud it
will earn them little more than a slap on the wrist. Even if all the senior
executives were to get their due and be hanged in a public square it would not
offset the disastrous reality they have caused. The only thing that comes close
to any semblance of justice is the death of the industry as a whole.