JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Kevin Siers)

In other news, four rabbinical groups have dropped out of the yearly tradition of commemorating the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with the office of the president because Trump has "given succor to those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia."

Meanwhile, a jury in Las Vegas has cleared two Bundy militiamen of all charges stemming from the 2014 standoff with federal agents. Possible charges against two others are still pending. I wish I could say this surprises me, but it doesn't.

Finally, ExxonMobil has lied to the public for decades about global warming according to a new peer-reviewed study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

As early as 1979, when climate change barely registered as an issue for the public, Exxon was sounding internal alarms.

"The most widely held theory is that... the increase in atmospheric CO2 is due to fossil fuel combustion," an internal memo from that year read.

A peer-reviewed study by Exxon scientists 17 years later concluded that "the body of evidence... now points towards a discernable human influence on global climate."

At the same time, however, the company was spending tens of millions of dollars to place editorials in The New York Times and other influential newspapers that delivered a very different message.

The New York Attorney General's office is investigating ExxonMobil for possibly lying to investors as well as the public.

  • ninjaf

    Imagine if they had taken that knowledge and done the opposite and tried to warn us and capitalize on the technology to prevent it. They probably could have made a fortune and earned an amount of good will from people that they would have been formidable for any company to compete against.

  • KPSilver

    not to go all Godwin, but one could argue that Exxon has done more damage to human civilization than Hitler.

  • Draxiar

    This is nothing short of a crime against Earth bound life. I don’t know if this is even legal but their profits should be stripped and then put towards sustainable energy. Oh and Rex Tillerson should be brought before an international panel and forced to answer for his crimes.

    • ninjaf

      Not just Tillerson. ALL of the executives since 1979 that played a part in hiding the information.

      • Draxiar

        Fair enough. I mention Rex because he’s such a high profile member of trumps summer help and by himself could have probably ended the cover up. Though yeah…the whole lot of them.

        • ninjaf

          Yes, definitely is the most prominent of late.

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