Climate change denial: A primer for liars and fools

Climate change denial:  A primer for liars and fools

Anyone who tries to convince you that human activity has no effect on climate change (global warming) is either a liar or a fool and the two are not mutually exclusive.

Those who stubbornly refuse to acknowledge that climate change is real and happening right now should be avoided like the plague, just as you would avoid flat Earthers and stop-the-steal whackos.

Recognizing the existence of climate change is a step in the right direction, but failing to understand or admit that we humans are the perpetrators of a relentless, deadly assault on our planet is negligent to the point of criminality.

Back in the 1980’s, when Exxon and Mobil were two separate, oil-producing behemoths, they paid scientists to research the effects of their business models on the environment and what could be expected in the future.

Not surprisingly – or surprisingly, depending upon your level of naivete – both companies came up with the very same conclusions. They found that pumping oil out of the Earth was an environmental risk, but that burning fossil fuels is a threat to the atmosphere and the planet.

Perhaps most disturbingly, predictions made by those scientists some 40 years ago were right on the money. We are now right where they said we would be, dealing with rising tides, increasingly violent weather and burning forests.

You’re probably wondering why you’ve never heard of this before and there’s a very good explanation. Both Exxon and Mobil (now ExxonMobil) decided that the best course of action in the wake of those findings was to question the science, causing doubt and confusion about the results of their own studies.

To augment their strategy of lies and obfuscation, they invested in professional liars (politicians) who, for a price would propagate their lies and work against any legislation that would impact their profitability.

As their strategy evolved, the lion’s share of the load was shifted to an almost exclusively Republican responsibility. After all they wanted the best in the business for their money.

Their investment paid off. ExxonMobil earned $23 BILLION last year.

Big oil’s strategy was nothing new. The tobacco industry did the same thing, with tobacco executives lying to Congress, insisting that smoking did not cause cancer, even though they knew that their products were highly carcinogenic.

Following the money works for all types of crimes. It was almost predictable that one of Donnie Trump’s first executive orders was to make it legal for coal companies to dump toxic waste into clean water.

They say that with all their properties around the world, the Koch brothers are most pleased with their Manchin in West Virginia.

In Alaska, the permafrost is melting, causing houses to sink into the ground and releasing carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.

Miami Beach, Florida has sunny day floods; days with no rain, but flooded streets. They’re working with engineers from Copenhagen, Denmark to try to solve some of that flooding, but it seems that someone has removed many of the math books they need from the library.

Governor Cruella DeSantis is looking into legislation that would prohibit anyone from using the word flood.

Anyway, I’m sorry if I ruined your Earth Day. I’m even sorrier we don’t have another planet to leave our grandchildren.

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