Death On Our Doorstep — Thanks Exxon-Mobil

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???

An Exxon-Mobil facility

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!

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  3. As someone living in B.C., albeit on the island in Victoria so our heat wave was fortunately short-lived. that was unexpected and frightening for everyone here because it almost never reaches 30 degrees Celsius here, and certainly NEVER the 40+ it was on Monday (I have a picture to prove it). We don’t typically have air conditioning here, and my workplace even closed down (working remotely, I was also told not to work). Thankfully mom and dad were doing ok, and I checked in with them a few times to make sure they were drinking lots of water. But I sure don’t want to think about that becoming the norm over time…

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    • I can only imagine, my friend! I am sure we will get it at some point, and I dread it. A few times, it has hit 100° (38° C) here, but never can I recall it going any higher. Some years we don’t even hit 90° (32° C), so if it gets as hot here as it did in B.C. and the Pacific Northwest, we will be in sheer misery. We have air-conditioning, but many many people do not and they will be in danger. You got a few extra days off work, and now vacation!!! Lucky lady!!! I’m glad your parents are okay, and you & Kevin too!

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    • That’s just it … humans have become so spoiled with their conveniences and technology that they aren’t willing to trade convenience for the lives of future generations. It’s difficult, yes, but it MUST be done! Sigh. You too, Michael, though it’s now tomorrow morning for you! xx

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  4. The funding these firms make to Congress is the reason you’re slow to move on finding alternatives. The Senators etc are not going to want to lose such a lucrative source of income. It’s like Big Pharma who fund so much on the Democrat side. There will never be significant changes in the price of prescription drugs as long as they have so many members of Congress worried about losing a lucrative second income. Congress are paid by the Government. That should be it. One pay for One job. Outside funding (bribes) must be stopped. Lobbying should be done to a bipartisan committee not indivduals whose vote can be bought.
    Cwtch

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    • You’re exactly right … it behooves certain members of Congress to reject legislation that puts regulations on the fossil fuel industry, or that promote more research and development into renewable energy sources. This is exactly why we need to take the money out of political campaigns, get rid of Citizens United, and make must stricter federal election laws. We the People are NOT being served and future generations will pay for our perfidy … if, in fact, future generations even survive.
      Cwtch

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  5. Jill, a quick note, the shareholders of Exxon Mobil voted in 2017, the day before the former US president announced the US was leaving the Paris CC Accord, to require Exxon Mobil management to advise shareholders about their actions to combat climate change. Just last month, when the Board failed to govern Exxon Mobil over their climate change actions, shareholders voted out two of the Board members. This was a broad side that the shareholders mean business. Lawsuits will continue and two other oil companies were successfully sued last month to better comply with emissions requirements. Keith

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    • The shareholders have better sense than the company’s executives! However, it doesn’t seem to be stopping them from trying to buy members of Congress. What a strange country we live in where people who have children care more about their profit today than their children’s lives tomorrow. Thanks for the added info, my friend!

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      • Jill, it is a sad state of affairs. I look at the legislators from coal industry states who have known of its decline of years, yet rather than invest in other industries, decided to protect a dying one. What creates jobs is customers, so as natural gas put the first nails in the coffin of coal, renewables are putting the final nails therein. And, again, this is not not news, so legislators have been lying to their constituents for several years. That would include Mitch McConnell Kentucky, a coal mining state. Keith

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        • You’re so right … they have ignored and even hidden the facts for decades, and now look where we are. I fully agree about Mitch, but also look at Joe Manchin … West Virginia’s ONLY industry has been coal.

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  6. Unless we all stop using petrol or plastics or chemicals (there’s a million and one things made from crude), global warming is a foregone conclusion. It’s like watching the Titanic sink while sipping champagne in the lounge. Oh well, greed trumps intelligence when it comes to humans.
    Speaking of Trump, he plans to run again in 2024, with full backing from his sycophantic Republican party…… I’m seeing boiled frogs in our collective future…… *sigh*.

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  7. I am part of this post in many ways. First the temperatures: BC, Oregon, and Washington are at the the center of this heat wave, but living way up here in Northern Alberta I am in the same weather dome as they are. In fact, the high temperatures are reaching hundreds of kilometres north of us into the Yukon and Northwest Territories. To the east the dome goes almost to the Saskatchewan/Manitoba border. I have not heard how far it reaches into the states. This “temperature dome” is huge, and daily record highs are being set all over the place.
    In BC there have been over 400 deaths attributed to the heat wave, 80% of them being seniors living without air conditioning. Speaking of air conditioners, the high volume of their use is threatening the electricity grid, in areas where we NEVER have electricity shortages. Shit, we supply electricity to half the United States, we make so much more than we could ever use–until now. If we are using it before it ever crosses the border into the States, what is going to happen down there?
    Yesterday, a whole town was destroyed by fire. The town was Lytton, BC. It is on record as being the hottest spot in Canada. Well, yesterday, it got so hot something sparked a fire and according to news reports the whole town burned down. There wasn’t enough fire service to fight all the blazes as the wind blew flames from building to building. Lytton is, or was, a small town to be sure, it wasn’t like a city burning, and early reports are that the townspeople were all evacuated, but that is subject to change. Still, what would it be like to watch a big city go up in flames? This is now a possibility in these extreme temperatures.
    The good thing, temperatures are supposed to start falling by Saturday, at least east of the Rockies. West of the Rockies I have not heard. Where I live was supposed to get a thunderstorm last night that would cool things down. It never happened. As of this moment, 8:21 AM MDT, the temperature is already 21C. Today is going to be another scorcher.

    And then, Exxon-Mobil. In Canada we have been paying carbon taxes for years. What they really do, I do not know. But we have a company up here, a division of Mobil, called GREENERGY, which is supposedly working to find alternative sources to fossil fuel energy. From what you say, Jill, there is probably no GREENERGY in the States. Are they just screwing Canadians around, or is it the the Americans they are screwing. The thing is, climate change knows no borders. It is going to hit everyone the same. Europe had these temperatures last summer, and we felt sorry for them. But underneath was the feeling that will never happen here. Well, 1 year later, they are happening here. And we are suffering the way the Europeans suffered. Who is next? New York? Miami? Rio de Janeiro? Hong Kong? London? Mumbai? Tokyo? This is reality, folks, welcome to our future. It is not a very promising one.

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  8. I understand your anger & boycotting Mobil-Exxon is admirable but I hope it’s not the only gas station open when you’re running on empty.

    If you’re serious about ending the ever-uprising of the temperature, then stop using electricity. & stop using the internet. & stop using all modern conveniences. & move to some remote area & live off the grid.

    & oh & stop driving your car already.

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    • Well, my friend, no I’m not quite yet ready to live in a tent in the woods somewhere, though there are days that does sound appealing. However, I think I do a fair bit toward environmental causes. I drive my car exactly 3 miles a week to the grocery store, and that only because I have a family of 3 and cannot possibly carry a week’s worth of groceries (I am, after all, 70 years old!). I fill the gas tank about 3 times a year. When I need only a few things, I walk to the grocery store. I use re-usable cloth grocery bags and mesh produce bags, so the only plastic I bring home is that which the store or manufacturer pre-wrapped the product in plastic. I keep heat and a/c set at a moderate temperature, open the windows whenever possible. Only lights that are necessary are turned on. We do not watch television. So, I’ve attempted to do what I can. No, I cannot change the world, but I can make people aware of what is happening and ask them to be proactive.

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    • Yes, definitely. And we ARE making progress in the areas of renewable energy … it is more efficient, more reliable, and more cost-effective than fossil fuels already. We just need to develop enough to be self-sufficient without ANY fossil fuels, and we need to work tirelessly to get rid of plastics, a product of fossil fuels that is killing life on the planet.

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  9. Because the world still, relies, primarily, on energies like gasoline, fossil fuel, and, because the summers are, getting, hotter, hotter, due to the increases of carbon emission per year, that’s why, we are, in need of, alternative, energies such as wind, or, water-operated, electricity, but, these are not, reliable enough sources of energies, because we are not, in charge of, the weather, that’s why, we are, stuck, in this vicious cycle of, knowing we shouldn’t be, relying on this form of, energy, but, we are, using it anyway, because we can’t, come up, with, a better, solutions.

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    • Alternative energy sources are becoming far more viable and we really need to invest much more in those, and set a goal of no more fossil fuels by the end of this decade. But, people are going to have to make some sacrifices, settle for less convenience, if the human species is to survive past the end of the century. As long as they wear their blinders and stick their fingers in their ears, chanting “Nyah nyah nyah I can’t hear you!” we cannot progress. And as long as politicians tell them that climate change is all a hoax and they are ignorant enough to believe the politicians, nothing can change.

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  10. Sadly, Jill, there’s nothing new in any of that. All the fossil fuel companies now engage in greenwash while still pushing their products. Lobbyists pushing hard for toothless headline actions that mask their continuing commitment to pollution. Much like the tobacco industry’s attempts to say ‘look, we want to help people quit’ while still aggressively pushing their products especially in the third world.

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