I am so fucking angry.
Oil companies, for decades, have been DELIBERATELY ACCELERATING global warming in order to MELT THE FUCKING MELT THE POLAR ICE CAPS so they can extract oil from the Arctic more easily!
These people are murderers. They are destroying our planet and wiping out the human and non-human life for easy profit!
"Exxon spent millions of dollars researching [climate change]. It outfitted an oil tanker, the Esso Atlantic, with CO2 detectors to measure how fast the oceans could absorb excess carbon, and hired mathematicians to build sophisticated climate models... In a private corporate primer, they wrote that heading off global warming and “potentially catastrophic events” would “require major reductions in fossil fuel combustion.”
"Ken Croasdale, a senior researcher for the company’s Canadian subsidiary, led a team that investigated the positive and negative effects of warming on Exxon’s Arctic operations. In 1991, he found that greenhouse gases were rising due to the burning of fossil fuels. “Nobody disputes this fact,” he said. The following year, he wrote that “global warming can only help lower exploration and development costs” in the Beaufort Sea"
"At the same time, he said, the rise in the sea level could threaten onshore infrastructure and create bigger waves that would damage offshore drilling structures. Thawing permafrost could make the earth buckle and slide under buildings and pipelines. As a result of these findings, Exxon and other major oil companies began laying plans to move into the Arctic, and started to build their new drilling platforms with higher decks, to compensate for the anticipated rises in sea level."
"A document uncovered by the L.A. Times showed that... in 1988, an unnamed Exxon “public affairs manager” issued an internal memo recommending that the company “emphasize the uncertainty” in the scientific data about climate change. Within a few years, Exxon, Chevron, Shell, Amoco, and others had joined the Global Climate Coalition, “to coordinate business participation in the international policy debate” on global warming."
- Exxon Mobile knew since at least the 70s about the potential harm caused by global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.
- In the 80s, they concluded that global warming would actually be good for profits; the polar ice caps would melt, making it easier to get at Arctic oil reserves.
- They started to collaborate with other fossil fuel companies to knowingly lie about CO2 emissions and its effects, in order to stop any global coordinated efforts to to prevent climate change.
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@cocoron There's a Ford promotional video from the 1950s where they talk about climate change caused by carbon dioxide.
I wish I could find it. But they unequivocally knew what was going on then, and, in the film, say "We'll have to deal with this in a couple of centuries."
"How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet": https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/26/how-extreme-weather-is-shrinking-the-planet
Those who made these decisions must strongly believe that they can escape the climate catastrophe because they're rich enough and must be working on protecting themselves already.
There may be alt-right actors in the movement but I don't feel like that it would be fair to tar them all with that brush. It's a big movement with many different strands.
The core issue that feeds the resentment - the rising costs of living for consumers and huge tax breaks for the wealthy under Macron - is something that should be protested.
@f0x @KeaW People on Mastodon seem to like to reduce the protests to complaints about fuel prices. Whoever does that can't see the wood for the trees. Fuel price hikes may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, but people in France are sick and tired of the relentless shift of wealth from the bottom to the top.
Read any English or French language newspaper about it and you will see quotes from protesters, and it's always the same thing: The growing wealth gap.
@cocoron @f0x In The Netherlands the socialist/liberal government in 1994-2001 did 0,25 cent above the usual fuel prize and since then we pay a lot for fuel: about E1,62 per liter.
Personally I think fuel should be even more expensive and public transport should be cheaper or even free. And a better infrastructure is needed! Cyclepaths! Trains!
Sunbeam City is a solarpunk instance.