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  1. #1 Exxon deliberately misled public on climate science, say researchers 
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    https://www.theguardian.com/business...ay-researchers

    "ExxonMobil has knowingly misled the public for decades about the danger climate change poses to a warming world and the oil giantís long-term viability, according to a peer-reviewed study."
    Those are the real criminals against humanity. And none of them are never going to jail. 'Cause it's "just the environment."


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    Quote Originally Posted by CEngelbrecht View Post
    And none of them are never going to jail. 'Cause it's "just the environment."
    As the article mentions (at least) four investigations / cases against Exxon and others, that seems unnecessarily pessimistic.


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    The behaviour of Exxon in the 90s was rather shocking I think. In the 80s the science was only really developing and there was room for a conservative to be sceptical, but in the 90s it was pretty overwhelming and to pretend otherwise is pretty scandalous, in my view. By the 90s practically all the European oilcos acknowledged the issue was real.

    Rather speculatively, I have the feeling that there was a difference in society's reaction to the issue, informed by the differing mindsets of the Old World and the New World. But the US oilcos certainly seem to have exploited it cynically.
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    All that belongs to human understanding, in this deep ignorance and obscurity, is to be skeptical, or at least cautious; and not to admit of any hypothesis, whatsoever; much less, of any which is supported by no appearance of probability...Hume
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    Now that would not surprise me in the least.

    My opinion of Greenpeace is that they are a bunch of cynical media grandstanders, without an ounce of integrity. I will never forgive them for the gross misrepresentations they engaged in over the Brent Spar business. In the end even Private Eye was taking the piss out of them for their hysterical lies about it.
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