Exxon Researched Climate Change in 1977
Leaked 1977 Memo Reveals ExxonMobil Knew They’d Cause Climate Change 38 YEARS AGO
16 September, 2015
It is absolutely astonishing that our nation is still wasting precious time debating the rapidly worsening threat of climate change. Fossil fuel companies have spent millions of dollars buying Republican politicians and distorting the discourse with misinformation and straight up lies about climate change. To add insult to the incredible injury, startling new revelations indicate that Exxon Mobil, the fifth-largest multinational corporation in the world, was warned by their own internal scientists about the dangers of global warming – all the way back in 1977.
Another report, from 1982, “marked ‘not to be distributed externally,’ the company’s environmental affairs office wrote that preventing global warming would require sharp cuts in fossil fuel use. Failure to do so, the document said, could result in ‘some potentially catastrophic events’ that ‘might not be reversible.'” However, Exxon hid this information from the public and fought for years to keep it confirmed.
h/t to Daily Kos