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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Griper Blade: ExxonMobil's Ever-Shifting Strategy on Climate

I've always felt that one of the best examples of human foolishness was offered by international oil corporations. At the same time they were spending millions on a PR campaign to deny that global warming was even happening, they were drooling over all that open water that warming was creating in the oil- and gas-rich Arctic Circle. In 2007, ExxonMobil was exposed as having earlier launched a massive disinformation campaign; coincidentally the same year that McClatchy reported "the melt [had] reached record levels," as "the ice shrank to the second smallest area on record." Exxon knew this of course, because McClatchy also reported, "The arctic accounts for 13% of undiscovered oil, 30% of undiscovered natural gas, and 20% of undiscovered natural gas liquids," as the following graphic shows:

Arctic reserves map

McClatchy also reported that the melt had resulted in an increase of arctic shipping serving the oil industry. It's impossible to believe that Exxon was out of that loop...[CLICK TO READ FULL POST]

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