Fossil fuel giants Exxon, Shell, and Peabody knowingly pushed misinformation on climate change

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The ‘Historical Jigsaw of Climate Deception’: Private Notes Show How Big Oil Spread Climate Science Denial

Why doesn’t that surprise me? You see it everywhere nowadays people who think that climate change is real and the people who shout it all at once that climate change is a scam. And then you also have the so-called climate change groups on social media where you are attacked from all sides by the so-called climate change deniers. Most of these climate change deniers are likely to be influenced by articles that companies like Exxon and Shell distribute.

The documents show that the group, which counted fossil fuel giants Exxon, Shell, and Peabody among its members, knowingly pushed misinformation on climate change even as the GCC internally acknowledged humans’ impact on the climate “cannot be denied”. Some of those same companies have been the recent targets of lawsuits seeking damages for climate change impacts.

“These documents are another stain on the fossil fuel industry’s track-record as a disingenuous rogue agent in climate science and politics,” Geoffrey Supran, a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University researching climate science denial, told DeSmog. “They further illustrate the sophisticated combination of inside- and outside-lobbying used by the fossil fuel industry to protect their status quo business operations.”

We’ve all heard the dodgy arguments: ‘the science is uncertain’, ‘climate change is natural, not down to humans’, ‘science has been hijacked by politics’… Now a new cache of documents sheds light on the origins of the disinformation. In another verse of a now familiar refrain, a fossil fuel […]

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