Exxon’s Own Research Confirmed Fossil Fuels’ Role in Global Warming Decades Ago | InsideClimate News
At a meeting in Exxon Corporation’s headquarters, a senior company scientist named James F. Black addressed an audience of powerful oilmen. Speaking without a text as he flipped through detailed slides, Black delivered a sobering message: carbon dioxide from the world’s use of fossil fuels would warm the planet and could eventually endanger humanity.
This is a as bad as the tobacco industry hiding the deadly effects of smoking. In the 80's Exxon spent millions of dollars on groundbreaking research which irrefutably showed how their products would change the climate. And then they buried it all.
In 1977, climate scientist James F. Black made this statement to Exxon execs: “In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels”. A year later, Black and his team of Exxon scientists came back with more specific information: They estimated that doubling atmospheric CO2 would increase global temperatures by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius (4 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit).
Throughout the 1980s, Exxon funded the most comprehensive data gathering and climate modeling on the planet. Until Exxon execs realized how this information could damage their business, they started a campaign which cast doubt on their own research.
Part 3: Comes out next week.