3/n: This stood in stark contrast to earlier research by some of us, which found that, without subsidies, HALF of the US's future oil production would be unprofitable at $50/barrel oil prices. nature.com/articles/s4156…
In 1977, Exxon scientist James Black warned executives of the "effect of CO2 on an interglacial scale." His knowledge of historical global temps & prediction of a "carbon dioxide induced 'super-interglacial'" (in black) was remarkably consistent w/ today's best models (red). 1/n
NEW landmark @UNEP et al. report shows almost all countries' climate commitments ring hollow. While governments pledge to cut greenhouse gas *emissions*, they are simultaneously investing in fossil fuel *production* at double(!) the safe limit. THREAD.
2/n: First, and most crucially, I declare my personal slogan henceforth to be: Not holding back since 2019™.
3/n: As I discuss with @emorwee, Mobil & ExxonMobil have pioneered issue advertising for decades, on climate change and every other topic of political concern to them. I know because I've read pretty much all of them. nytimes.com/2017/08/22/opi…
🎙️ I was on the radio this morning @NPR@WBUR's Morning Edition with @bob_oakes, talking about how the fossil fuel industry has deceived - and is deceiving - the American people about climate change. #ExxonKnew#AmericaMisled
Is it any surprise the public sees climate crisis as an insurmountable problem of individual responsibility when fossil fuel co's promote unrealistic, cutesy 'alternatives' rather than, say, expansion & electrification of public transport?
OUT NOW: #AmericaMisled, a new report from colleagues & I synthesizing a decade+ of research showing how the fossil fuel industry deliberately denied Americans their right to be accurately informed about climate change, & how to fight back. THREAD
2/n: The goal of this report from @mason4c, @Harvard & @BristolUni is not novel scholarship, but to raise awareness about what we know: that the fossil fuel industry has deliberately polluted the information landscape, undermining Americans' chances of a just & stable future.
2/n: For the most up-to-date summary of how fossil fuel interests knowingly confused the public & sabotaged policy, see last month's amicus brief by my colleagues & I supporting Maryland's climate lawsuit:
3/n: For those more visually inclined, I testified to EU Parliament about ExxonMobil's history of climate denial and delay in March. You can watch that here (scroll to bottom for video of the hearing itself):
Next time someone trolls collective climate action with cries of hypocrisy and invocations of individual responsibility, direct them to @GretaThunberg:
“Some people say that the climate crisis is something that we all have created. But that is just a convenient lie..." 1/n
2/n: "Because if everyone is guilty then no one is to blame. And someone is to blame. Some people – some companies & some decision-makers in particular – have known exactly what priceless values they are sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money."
MIT has a dirty money problem. From convicted sex-offenders, to undemocratic totalitarian governments, to climate denying/delaying fossil fuel interests & libertarian billionaires, there seems to be nobody my alma mater won't take cash from. THREAD. 1/n
2/n: I spent years alongside fellow students & faculty urging @MIT to cut ties with fossil fuel companies, only to see our appeals fall on deaf ears. Thus, revelations about MIT's alleged concealed ties to #Epstein are despicable & embarrassing, yet not altogether surprising.
Apparently @andersoncooper#ClimateTownHall just cited my & @NaomiOreskes's peer-reviewed study showing how #ExxonKnew about the global warming dangers of its products decades ago, then turned around & orchestrated a massive disinformation campaign to mislead the public. THREAD.
2/n: First, it's pretty surreal (& brilliant!) to have @CNN suddenly covering the s*** out of the climate crisis, helping to #EndClimateSilence. Less fantastic is that it's behind a pay wall, meaning many of us (including moi) can't actually watch it.
3/n: Second, & even more surreal: Who could've imagined presidential candidates in any previous election out-bidding one another to call out the fossil fuel industry as a bad actor that must be held legally, financially, & socially accountable for their climate denial & damages?
FILED TODAY to US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals: "As early as late 1950s...Defendants [BP et al] had knowledge of the risks associated w/ their fossil fuel products. In decades that followed, Defendants took affirmative steps to sow uncertainty...[They] should be held liable." 1/n
Fossil fuel propaganda targeting climate crisis journalism & social media is unrelenting. Add to the pile this Chevron ad accompanying today's news about @JayInslee's heroic climate campaign (Debunk: Chevron's boasted "investment" in CCS constitutes ~0.1% of its total CAPEX). 1/n
2/n: Here's my sporadically growing collection of fossil fuel ads targeting climate journalism and social media:
Yet another bastion of science puts the interests of Big Oil before those of scientific integrity: UK @ScienceMuseum scoffs at concerns its sponsorship deals legitimise fossil fuel industry by rattling off, erm *checks notes*, industry talking points. 1/n ft.com/content/9aa519…
2/n: The director of @ScienceMuseum Sir Ian Blatchford argues that oil & gas companies “have the capital, geography, people & logistics to find the solutions [to climate change]." This is naive on so many levels.
3/n: First, @ScienceMuseum is legitimising fossil fuel industry's favourite false premise: that solutions to the climate crisis don't already exist. *THEY DO*. And Sir Ian knows it; just last week he wrote about how the Museum has been implementing solutions for years (bravo!).
REVEALED: Internal memo (left) shows Mobil funded pioneering climate science in 1990s to deepen its "technical info & understanding", while simultaneously publishing climate-denying ads in @nytimes (right). As I tell @guardian, this is a "wake-up call for university leaders". 1/n
2/n: Mobil had inside access to climate models "that will be the basis for regulatory action". Privately self-proclaimed funding "Benefits to Mobil" such as these epitomize what @BenFranta & I term fossil fuel industry's invisible colonization of academia: theguardian.com/environment/cl…
3/n: In other words, I tell @guardian: "Fossil fuel funding is not free. When you take it, you pay with your university’s social license. You pay by helping facilitate these companies’ political and public relations tactics." theguardian.com/business/2019/…
*HUGE*: Hours after UK Parliament officially declares "#ClimateEmergency", government's official advisers formally recommend legislation to "use known technologies [to] end our contribution to global warming by reducing emissions to Net Zero by 2050." 1/n theguardian.com/environment/20…
3/n: Off-shored emissions continue to be a major blind spot. @theCCCuk say "it is important that [the UK does] not simply off-shore emissions to other parts of the world." But does that sufficiently attend to our "common but differentiated responsibility"? theccc.org.uk/wp-content/upl…
This is weak sauce -- an ahistorical false dichotomy. As my friends @NaomiOreskes & @MichaelEMann note in #ClimateChangeTheFacts: evidence alone has floundered in the face of 30y of climate denial & delay by fossil fuel interests & conservative ideologues. Let’s debunk. THREAD
2/n: First, @Anna_Soubry's point is ahistorical: The assertion that facts alone will win the day is contradicted by scholarship & experience, including history of climate politics, climate psychology, communication science, political science, & decades of advocacy & policymaking.
3/n: As I testified to EU Parliament last month, the fossil fuel industry has *known* the basic facts of climate science for 60 years: that its products, when used correctly, had the potential to cause catastrophic global warming.
This is the new bar for climate storytelling ⬇️ A stunning 7-min postcard from the future to turbocharge the climate movement & #GreenNewDeal. By the unstoppable @AOC, @NaomiAKlein, @KateAronoff et al. Watch, share, act.
(My special thx & kudos for including #ExxonKnew framing)
My serious oversight for not acknowledging the *incredibly* talented artist who made this possible, @mollycrabapple. Also huge props to @theintercept for facilitating this brilliant futurism, and to everyone else involved in this project.
Including the extraordinarily talented filmmaker @avilewis!
Exxon refused to attend EU Parliament to respond on-record to my expert testimony about their decades of climate denial & delay. Instead, they smeared me & @NaomiOreskes behind the scenes in a now-leaked letter to MEPs. So we've written to @Europarl_EN to correct the record. 1/n