Oil companies have been denying climate change for decades saying that all climate science is bogus and fake. So, did this come as a surprise when they recently flipped their opinion? Hell-Yes!
Why the change? And why now?
Let’s start this conversation with the fact that oil companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhillips, and Shell have been denying climate science for decades upon decades. Their paid scientists have always come to the conclusion that burning fossil fuels have no known effect on our Earth’s climate. They have even been accused of promoting doubt about climate science. Which unfortunately has led to a nation filled with climate skeptics and also a nation now led by the biggest climate change denier. *Cough* Trump *Cough*
Why change the story now?
Companies are in a tight spot. Every year it’s getting harder and harder for them to dispute the facts and the effects of a warming climate. It’s no longer safe to push the narrative (or pay others to say) that man-made climate change does NOT exist. It’s not safe because of the multiple investigation and lawsuits that companies in the industry are now subjected to. Many coastal cities are suing these companies for eroding coastlines, property loss, and infrastructure damage. Basically, they are losing a boatload of money. Because according to fossil fuel companies, life revolves around money. Those greedy bastards.
The whole industry now largely accepts the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s summary reports on climate science. Here's the latest report for you to check out. The report pulls together thousands of experts around the world to synthesize climate science. Fossil fuel companies are now publicly accepting that human emission contributes to climate change and that climate change possesses various risks to the world and even their own businesses.
But the real question is, does this make a difference?
Yes, they now accept the science, but should they get credit for suddenly saying the IPCC science is good and real. Do they get credit for that? We have an entire administration full of climate deniers because of fossil fuel companies. They planted the doubt that has help created the problem. There’s still no federal regulation in the United States on this subject. Our federal employees have even been banned from speaking the “double C” words on federal ground. And now FEMA has had to drop climate change from their strategic plan. Reminder: FEMA is the agency that helps out during national disasters.
Even though oil companies are now jumping on board with accepting climate change, their legacy of undermining climate science still speaks pretty darn loud. Plus, they now want to pin the blame on the public, on us, on you, for causing climate change. They don’t want to take all the responsibility for making this problem happen. And I agree with them on that. It’s not just the oil companies, but it is all of us. Who uses their products? Us. So that makes us just as responsible.
What can we do in the meantime?
We can adopt clean, sustainable lifestyles that lower our impact on Earth, make us less dependent on fossil fuels, and clean up the pollution. Because the little things we do matter and it all adds up over time like grains of sand on a beach.
What do you think?
Should we give oil companies get credit for switching sides? Let me know down below in the comments. I hope you have a beautiful day and thanks for cutting the fluff with me.
Take care of yourself.
- The Climate Is Changing For Climate Skeptics: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/climate-change-trial-california_us_5ab53d0ce4b054d118e2a0d9
- Chevron just agreed in court that humans cause climate change, setting a new legal precedent: https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/3/28/17152804/climate-change-federal-court-chevron
Inside Climate News
- Exxon Pushes Back on California Cities Suing It Over Climate Change: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09012018/exxon-california-coastal-cities-climate-change-damages-lawsuit-texas-court
National Public Radio
- FEMA Drops 'Climate Change' From Its Strategic Plan: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/03/15/594140026/fema-drops-climate-change-from-its-strategic-plan
- How The Food Industry Helps Engineer Our Cravings: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/12/16/459981099/how-the-food-industry-helps-engineer-our-cravings
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- AR5 Synthesis Report - Climate Change 2014: https://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/syr/SYR_AR5_FINAL_full_wcover.pdf
- Perspective on Climate Change: http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/current-issues/climate-policy/climate-perspectives/our-position
- Climate Change: https://www.chevron.com/corporate-responsibility/climate-change