Cocoron ☀️

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."

In summary:
- 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.

@cocoron fucking hell

I don't even know what to do with this. Deliberate ecocide.

“A numerous class of men are painfully astonished whenever they find anything, living or dead, in all God’s universe, which they cannot eat or render in some way what they call useful to themselves.”

--John Muir, quoted in this article


@cocoron thank you for sharing this, idk what to do with this info, but it is processing nonetheless

Global warming was discussed as a known issue in 1950s science education films.

@bill Scientists have been researching the human impact on the composition of greenhouse gases since the thirties

@cocoron @bill We learned about "the greenhouse effect" in school in the early 1990s. It wasn't described as controversial. Here's an excerpt from a Norwegian science book for primary schoolers from 1991 (my translation):

"When we heat with oil and coal in homes and factories, we contribute to air pollution. During combustion, a gas is formed called carbon dioxide. It is colourless, and not dangerous, but if there is too much carbon dioxide in the air, the temperature on Earth can rise. This is called the greenhouse effect, and can lead to large and dangerous changes on Earth."

@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."

@cocoron can we get the link to the actual article? Twitter makes my phone go "..... ."

@cocoron I'm having some trouble understanding how we've reached a point where earning financial profit is more important than surviving and being alive to utilize said profit.

@polychrome @cocoron In Cory Doctorow's "Zuck's empire of Oily Rags" podcast, he calls this behavior corruption. It's enriching yourself at the cost of putting everyone else in harm.

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.

@cocoron I recently learned that population sizes of wildlife have decreased by 60% since 1970. Makes me want to cry.

@cocoron That's so huge, I don't even know how to process this information, what to do with it... Launch a massive global kickstarter to bring them all in front of a judge? Or the ICC? Wouldn't it be time to send some kind of signal?

@cocoron Tell that the yellow vest people in France too......

@KeaW the yellow vest protests are legitimate, the French government shouldn't be punishing people who are reliant on cars to get around - it should be going after the corporations' CEOs and shareholders

@cocoron @KeaW Are they really?
They seem to have been heavily co-opted by alt-right stuff, without anyone doing anything against that.

@f0x @KeaW The guilet jaunes is not a centralised, co-ordinated movement so to treat them as a singular "they" would be a mistake.

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!

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