ExxonMobil prioritizes profit over the environment – Scot Scoop News

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Do not eat red meat. Get on your bike. Shop local. Do your part.

The climate crisis is here, and the general population bears the burden of the damage that our big industries create for profit.

We are not the problem.

It is undeniable that our oil industries power our access to transportation, electricity and heat that we all need to survive in the modern world. However, through propaganda, the media and the industries themselves, we are led to believe that we are at the heart of the irreversible environmental damage that non-renewable energy is inflicting.

It’s time to consider those who are pioneering these industries and all the work they do to keep their profit margins up and environmental responsibility down.

Take America’s largest gas company, ExxonMobil – or just Exxon as others may know – as one of many examples. Exxon announced a net-zero emissions plan to take action on climate change in January 2022. By 2050, they hope to capture more carbon than they produce, which in 2020 was 112 million tons, according to their energy and carbon balance that year.

For perspective, the average carbon footprint per year for a person in the United States is 16 tons.

While on the face of it this seems like an appropriate solution to reducing its carbon footprint, Exxon chose to include only Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Their neglect of Scope 3 emissions is a monumental mistake, as these ci total 650 million tonnes according to their estimates in 2020, or 85% of their total emissions. This exclusion discredits their “net-zero” plan, as a Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction will not even begin to make a significant decrease in Exxon’s carbon footprint.

Exxon’s failure to take responsibility for its Scope 3 emissions only perpetuates the idea that individuals are solely responsible for climate change. Howevertheir lack of accountability goes much deeper than that.

Several years ago, InsideClimate News launched an investigation into Exxon’s climate story, and they found that Exxon knew about global warming long before most.

In 1977, Exxon learned from a researcher named James Black that rising global temperatures were upon us. Over the next few years, they spent more than $1 million conducting their own research, developing a better understanding of the threat climate change could pose to the company.

Instead of releasing their findings to the public, Exxon kept the general population in the dark. They cut their research budget and instead spent money lobbying to sow doubt around climate change.

It was not until the late 1980s that authorities publicly acknowledged global warming.

To combat climate awareness, Exxon, Shell, Chevron, Texaco and other major oil companies created the Global Climate Coalition in 1989, which worked to deny climate change and lobbied to block climate change. clean energy legislation until it was dissolved in 2002.

Even in light of their recent developments towards a cleaner approach to fuel supply, senior lobbyist Keith McCoy revealed in a 2021 interview with undercover Greenpeace UK reporters that Exxon continues to push against climate change. .

“Have we fought aggressively against some of the science? Yes. Did we join some of the “ghost groups” to work against some of the early efforts? Yes, that’s true,” McCoy said. “But there’s nothing illegal about it. We watch over our investments, we watch over our shareholders.

As if by magic, McCoy no longer worked for Exxon.

“This is a private personnel matter, and we decline to comment further,” the Exxon spokesman said. Casey Norton.

Given Exxon’s history, McCoy’s sudden departure from the company after leaking controversial information was no coincidence.

Ultimately, Exxon only cares about the economic future of their business and their control over the US oil industry, and their strategies are used by several other oil and gas companies who manipulate the public to support them with false climate action claims.

The people with the power to make real change sit back and relax while we make sacrifices for the environment, which in the grand scheme of things does next to nothing. To make a meaningful difference, we need to redirect our thinking and efforts towards lobbying for structural change that will validate the climate crisis as a major issue and put in place a much larger budget for climate action, or eliminate the oil and carbon giants.

It is only when individuals, industries and world leaders make mutually supportive changes in the fight against global warming that we truly stand up for a world that is already barely surviving.

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