The average temperature in much of British Columbia, Canada, in the month of July is a comfortable 73° (F) or 23° (C). Earlier this week, still in June, the temperature in parts of British Columbia reached 121.28° (F), or 49.6° (C). Nearly fifty degrees hotter than the average July temperature before it’s even July! I don’t know about you, but I cannot imagine being in temps over 100°, let alone 121°!!! In the U.S., Oregon and Washington experienced the same heat wave with crushing, debilitating temperatures. Why? C’mon folks, think about it … you know why and so do I … this is exactly what scientists have been warning us about for decades … this is the global warming that half the people in this country say is a hoax. Well, guess what, climate deniers? The state of Oregon reported 63 deaths attributed to the heat wave that finally broke a bit yesterday, 45 of those deaths in and around the city of Portland.
Scientists and those of us who are not conspiracy theorists looking for hoaxes under every rock have known this day was coming. We hoped that things we were doing would postpone this inevitability, but it was not to be so. The things we are doing constitute but a drop in the bucket as compared to what is needed, and frankly, it appears that it may just be a case of far too little, much too late. How many people will die this summer as a result of the extreme heat? I don’t even want to think about it, but a good guess, since today is only the first day of July and people are already dropping like flies, is that we will measure heat-related deaths in the thousands in the Northern Hemisphere this summer. This is why something I read yesterday evening sparked my ire …
From an article in yesterday’s The Guardian …
Lobbyists for ExxonMobil have described the oil giant’s backing for a carbon tax as a public relations ploy intended to stall more serious measures to combat the climate crisis.
Two senior lobbyists based in Washington told an undercover reporter for Unearthed, the investigative journalism branch of Greenpeace, that they worked to undermine Joe Biden’s plans to limit greenhouse emissions and other environmental measures in his infrastructure bill.
One of the lobbyists also admitted that Exxon “aggressively” fought against climate science and funded shadow groups to deny global heating.
Keith McCoy, a senior director in Exxon’s Washington government affairs team, was recorded on video in May saying that the company backs a carbon tax “as an easy talking point” and an “advocacy tool” because “there is not an appetite for a carbon tax” and that Republican legislators who oppose taxes in principle will never let it happen.
“Nobody is going to propose a tax on all Americans, and the cynical side of me says, yeah, we kind of know that – but it gives us a talking point that we can say, well, what is ExxonMobil for? Well, we’re for a carbon tax,” he said.
In a meeting over Zoom, McCoy admitted that Exxon funded “shadow groups” that worked to misrepresent and deny climate science in order to sow doubt and stall regulation.
“Did we aggressively fight against some of the science? Yes,” he said. “Did we join some of these shadow groups to work against some of the early efforts? Yes that’s true. But there’s nothing illegal about that. We were looking out for our investments, we were looking out for shareholders.”
Looking out for their shareholders??? How is that? Their shareholders will likely also experience the deathly record high temperatures at some point this summer. Do they not think those shareholders might value their lives and the lives of their loved ones more than their investment portfolio???
From this day forward, I shall boycott Exxon-Mobil and any products affiliated with them! Bastards! I strongly urge you to read the entire piece in The Guardian (link above) … it made my blood boil, even though the temperature where I live was only 71° at the time! According to the Exxon lobbyist, they are constantly working with Congress to ensure that no laws to address climate change will pass if it will hurt the oil industry! One of the Senators they have been working closely with is none other than the ignoble Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia … big surprise, eh? It’s time we stopped paying these fat assholes who are taking our money, then stabbing us in the back!
I know that Exxon-Mobil is not alone in their nefarious efforts and that others such as Shell, BP and more are up to the exact same shenanigans … this one just happened to cross my radar at the wrong time!