Climate scientists are getting tired of repeating a message that was clear decades ago.
Indeed, if you want a terrifying little timeline, you should look at a recent XKCD: https://xkcd.com/2500/. Munroe points out that in November 1982, Exxon predicted that global temperatures would get +1° C above the existing norms within 40 years due to fossil fuel use, which would indicate massive impacts on the environment generally.
Exxon’s reaction to this internal report, by the way, was to suppress the findings and fund climate denial, which was stunningly successful.
We are in the 39th year since that report, and we are +0.94° C…
So let me reiterate: EXXON knew what was happening 40 years ago, and there are still people denying it now, after four decades more research? Sorry, no. There is only one side of this debate: the right side.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler
April 12, 2017
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