ICYMI: What Exxon Knew

In case you missed it: One of the biggest climate change stories of 2015 has to be the uncovering of documents that showed that Exxon Mobil were quite aware of the damage their company and other fossil fuel companies were doing to the world’s climate. As a matter of fact Exxon scientists were often among the first to realize the coming disaster.

If you think this doesn’t relate to Iowa think of some of the ‘500 year floods’ we have had in the past couple of decades; think of corn burning up in tremendous drought; think of temperatures in the past week in the 60s in Iowa in December and what the consequences of a mild winter may be. Also think that this is just the beginning and our children and grandchildren will be paying greatly for the lack of political will to face these problems. Also understand that the lack of political will to face the coming crisis was greased with billions of dollars of “campaign contributions” to politicians who suddenly lost their political will with the huge dollars from the polluters.

We are facing a crisis of unknown proportions simple so that a group of billionaires could make more money.

The video was posted last Tuesday as news of Exxon’s complicity was revealed. As I seldom consume major media news I must say I have no idea if the story got much play. My guess is it didn’t, even as the Paris Climate Talks were under way at the time.

From the youtube.com entry for this video here is the list of corroborating documents:

Published on Dec 8, 2015
Newly released documents show that scientists at Exxon Oil Corporation conducted research on climate change and the greenhouse effect in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their conclusions were in accord with mainstream scientific groups in academia, NASA, NOAA, and the Department of Energy, showing that global warming posed a serious problem, with potential “catastrophic effects.”

Read the documents here: http://insideclimatenews.org/search_d…

Read the Inside Climate series here
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/150…

Read the Los Angeles Times reporting here:
http://graphics.latimes.com/exxon-arc…

Read the letter from Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll to Exxon:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20…

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