Wednesday, March 29, 2023

ExxonMobil funded the deniers to hide climate change

Mexico City, Mexico ,

Despite the fact that he predicted climate change with extreme accuracy since 1977, Oil giant ExxonMobil funded smear campaigns For the veracity of progressive global warming. a) yes, Politicians like Donald Trump and denialist movements have managed to create confusion and delayed public awareness of the environmental crisis.

Reiterating the tactics used by tobacco companies to deny the link between smoking and lung cancer and by the soft drink and sugary food industries to deny the link between their products and diseases such as diabetes, Oil company shrewdly invests millions of dollars in scientific research To thwart political and social efforts to reverse this global problem.

company “played a particularly important role as a corporate donor” Study concludes that production and dissemination of arguments to discredit scientific knowledge on global warming “Network Structure and Impact of the Climate Change Counter-Movement””, from Yale University.

Harvard University scholars review finds that for more than four decades, its researchers have modeled and predicted global warming with overwhelming accuracy Company documents that were withheld from the public.

Similarly, a comprehensive journalistic investigation based on scientific studies, interviews and field work revealed that 90 percent carbon credits (Each credit represents an offset of one metric ton of CO2 equivalent) The world’s leading supplier, Vera to Jungle Origins, is actually a “ghost”. And many companies that claim to be carbon neutral may be making climate change worse rather than helping to control it.

Allusion to Vera – which has been vehemently denied by this company – could expose a Comprehensive Inquiry of Marketing Policy Carbon credits as a mechanism to combat the climate crisis.

(Illustration: Eduardo Luis Hernandez)

denial and deception

ExxonMobil has been one of the most active companies in global warming denialism campaigns. She was one of the principal founders of the Global Climate Coalition, a powerful lobbying bloc that brings together companies that oppose regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, and that spends millions of dollars funding politicians Those who deny that human activity has anything to do with the rise in temperature. Like former US President Donald Trump. ExxonMobil has also paid for “promotion disguised as journalism”. To mislead public opinion.

the company faces Dozens of cases filed by cities and states across the United States, demanding that he be held accountable for misleading the public about climate change. In March 2022, before a Massachusetts court, his attorneys argued that ExxonMobil acted protected by laws guaranteeing freedom of expression,

However, an analysis of 32 internal studies produced between 1977 and 2002, and 72 articles in scientific journals between 1982 and 2014, all written by ExxonMobil scientists, proved that Company managers learned long before most of the world that human use of fossil fuelsWhich forms its commercial sector, was increasing in thermometers that would soon become a threat to the world’s population.

“We found that Most of its forecasts accurately forecast warming and are consistent The report published a few days ago in the journal Science called “Assessment of ExxonMobil’s Global Warming Projections”. “Their estimates are also consistent and at least as well developed as the government model and independent academy”.

Not only this: ExxonMobil also “A fair estimate of the ‘carbon budget’necessary to keep the temperature below 2ºC”.

However, “on each of these points, the company’s public statements on climate science He contradicted his own scientific data.

(Illustration: Eduardo Luis Hernandez)
(Illustration: Eduardo Luis Hernandez)

bad credit

On the other hand, a joint investigation by the British The Guardian, the German Die Zeit and the organization SourceMaterial suggests that Vera, the company governing the main carbon offset standards, is not strong in its certificationsWhich can amount to a “phantom loan” of up to 90 percent.

The anticipated mechanism is the following: a project is set up to avoid emissions of gases or eliminate them from the atmosphere, for example, in the Amazon jungle; The profit is calculated in carbon credits; Companies elsewhere estimate how much carbon they emit each year; To offset their emissions, they seek carbon credits through an intermediary or directly into a project; pay for a number of credits equal to their emissions And they use the label “carbon neutral” in their advertising and on their products.

Verra is responsible for certifying that carbon credits accurately represent the offsets claimed. It’s a fast growing market, which is already more than $2 billion annually,

The research carried out its own extensive work in the field and analyzed its results Three studies with more scientific rigor (One of them is from the University of Cambridge whose first author is the Mexican doctoral student Alejandro Guizar Coutino).

It found that only a handful of Vera’s rainforest projects have any evidence of deforestation reduction and that too 90 percent of those credits mean no profit to season; The threat to the forests was exaggerated by 400 percent; and that in at least one project, In Peru, human rights were violated against the residents of the concerned area

companies like Band of Gucci, Salesforce, BHP, Shell, Easyjet and Rock Pearl Jam They are among dozens of organizations that have purchased VERA-approved credits.

(Illustration: Eduardo Luis Hernandez)
(Illustration: Eduardo Luis Hernandez)


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