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    The Power of Big Oil has the answer. The documentary’s makers have dug out a parade of former oil company scientists, lobbyists and public relations strategists who lay bare how the US’s biggest petroleum firm, Exxon, and then the broader petroleum industry, moved from attempting to understand the causes of a global heating to a concerted campaign to hide the making of an environmental catastrophe.

    Over three episodes – called Denial, Doubt, Delay – the series charts corporate manipulation of science, public opinion and politicians that mirrors conduct by other industries, from big tobacco to the pharmaceutical companies responsible for America’s opioid epidemic.

    Some of those interviewed shamefacedly admit their part in the decades-long campaign to hide the evidence of climate change, discredit scientists and delay action that threatened big oil’s profits. Others almost boast about how easy it was to dupe the American public and politicians, with consequences not just for the US but every country on the planet.

    What emerges is a picture of a political system so compromised by corporate money that even when it finally appears that truth will win out, reality is swiftly smothered.


    https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-r...etrayed-us-all

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    “They realised that they were losing the science arguments, especially after the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report came out in 95 that said there is a discernible human influence. So they turned to economics,” she said.

    Frontline shows that key to that shift was a little known company in the 1990s, Koch Industries, which specialised in refining and distributing some of the heaviest and dirtiest oil. The firm was run by brothers Charles and David Koch. Charles also founded a libertarian thinktank, the Cato Institute in Washington.

    The Kochs saw a threat to their business from the Clinton administration’s plan for a carbon tax. They mobilised Cato and a Koch-funded front group masquerading as a grass roots organisation, Citizens for a Sound Economy, to oppose it. The Kochs drew in lobby organizations such as the American Petroleum Institute and the Global Climate Coalition, a group of businesses that opposed climate science. (Ibid.)

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    • #3
      ****ing humanity for money is the Big Oil way.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by W*GS View Post
        ****ing humanity for money is the Big Oil way.
        Lolz...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BroncoBeavis View Post

          Lolz...
          Big Oil has ****ed humanity. Period.

          And, thanks to its useful idiots (hint), we are indeed ****ed.

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            fake crisis since the 1960s…..democrats said we’d die from freezing temps in the 70s. Called it global cooling….when that failed they turned to warming…..said we’d be dead by 1990. Didn’t happen…..then Gore and his goons said we’d all be extinct by 2000….didn’t happen. Next target date was 2010……no catastrophe to make us extinct…..2020 was the next doom date. Nothing. Sea level exactly the same in my hood. Not a damn bit of difference. Still go to the beach I did as a kid. Same damn rocks not under water….they had to change the name from global warming to climate change because it wasn’t getting as warm as they predicted/wanted it to. Climate change is a broad term that can “explain” any weather event. Gets cold? Climate change. Gets warm? Climate change. Hurricanes? Blame man. Floods? That’s a humans fault.


            fake crisis to push an agenda. Always has been always will be. 2050 these clowns will still be talking about global warming while life still goes on like it always has.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by W*GS View Post

              Big Oil has ****ed humanity. Period.

              And, thanks to its useful idiots (hint), we are indeed ****ed.
              The hilarity is that who you conspiracize as 'big oil' in reality has no world market power whatsoever.

              But if the left needs anything routinely, it's a scapegoat.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BroncoBeavis View Post
                The hilarity is that who you conspiracize as 'big oil' in reality has no world market power whatsoever.

                But if the left needs anything routinely, it's a scapegoat.
                Obviously you didn't read the OP.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by W*GS View Post

                  Obviously you didn't read the OP.
                  He never bothers with that.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Roh View Post

                    He never bothers with that.
                    Yep.

                    As a "free market" conservative, he just knows he's contractually obligated to knee-jerk to the defense of oil companies and other bad corporate actors no matter what the circumstances.

                    Even when he has no idea what he's defending or why.

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                    • #11
                      Remember when Dubya said "our addiction to oil"? When Newt and Nancy did the PSA about addressing climate change?

                      That AGW dropped off the political radar is thanks in no small part to Exxon's DDD bullshit.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by W*GS View Post
                        Remember when Dubya said "our addiction to oil"? When Newt and Nancy did the PSA about addressing climate change?

                        That AGW dropped off the political radar is thanks in no small part to Exxon's DDD bullshit.
                        Using Big Tobacco's template.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by W*GS View Post

                          Obviously you didn't read the OP.
                          You alleged a US big oil conspiracy led by Exxon.

                          What is Exxon's world market share?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by W*GS View Post
                            Remember when Dubya said "our addiction to oil"? When Newt and Nancy did the PSA about addressing climate change?

                            That AGW dropped off the political radar is thanks in no small part to Exxon's DDD bullshit.
                            A PSA.

                            You've got to be s***ing me.

                            It's amazing how you think change works. Ask Joe Biden. It's tougher than you think. These things don't listen!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BroncoBeavis View Post

                              A PSA.

                              You've got to be s***ing me.

                              It's amazing how you think change works. Ask Joe Biden. It's tougher than you think. These things don't listen!
                              Newt acknowledged AGW at one time. Then he got right with Exxon.

                              He still made it further than you ever have in acknowledging reality.

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                              • #16
                                Colorado officials warn 2022 could be the worst wildfire year in state history
                                An additional $20 million in funding will help prepare the state in its firefighting efforts, officials said Friday during a presentation on this year’s wildfire outlook

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                                  In 100 years, the American SW will be uninhabitable, from Colorado to SoCal.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Roh View Post
                                    In 100 years, the American SW will be uninhabitable, from Colorado to SoCal.
                                    Before that. Powell is almost a puddle and Mead will follow.

                                    The about-to-start expansion of Denver Water’s Gross Reservoir (which is Western Slope water) is pointless.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by W*GS View Post

                                      Before that. Powell is almost a puddle and Mead will follow.

                                      The about-to-start expansion of Denver Water’s Gross Reservoir (which is Western Slope water) is pointless.
                                      If you ain't got the snowpack, don't waste time and money building reservoirs.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Roh View Post

                                        If you ain't got the snowpack, don't waste time and money building reservoirs.
                                        Bingo. And, because of the ongoing drought, soils are desiccated, so even if snowpack is decent, streamflow is not. Lots of water is sucked into the earth before it flows.

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                                        • #21
                                          Does America have to choose between energy security and tackling climate change?

                                          PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN came to office promising a clean energy revolution that would both slash emissions and strengthen the economy. But that priority has been overtaken by the need to control high oil prices and look tough on Russia. How has the war in Ukraine changed Mr Biden’s energy calculus—and what’s left of the green agenda?

                                          We ask Jason Bordoff, energy adviser to President Barack Obama and founder of Columbia University’s Climate School, whether America now has to choose between energy security and tackling climate change. We go back to the year a president with no majority managed to pass sweeping environmental bills. And our correspondent Aryn Braun investigates what California’s record as a green laboratory reveals about states’ ability to act on their own. She talks to Anthony Rendon, speaker of the California state assembly, Lauren Sanchez, chief climate adviser to Governor Gavin Newsom, and Mary Nichols, former head of the California Air Resources Board.

                                          Charlotte Howard hosts with Vijay Vaitheeswaran, our energy and climate innovation editor, and Idrees Kahloon, our Washington DC bureau chief.

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