If you drove a CO2-belching, climate-ravaging automobile anywhere today — or even rode in one — shame on you! And if you may imagine that purchasing that coal-fueled-electrically-charged plug-in is going to get you off the guilt hook, forget about that too.
On the other hand, you probably have lots of others to share the blame with.
Yes, other planet-haters like ExxonMobil for example.
Otherwise, you better bicycle to work, bike your kids to school, bike to get the groceries, and bike your dog to the vet . . . as I’m sure New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and his family do.
Remember him? He’s one of the guys heading criminal actions targeting Exxon and their cabal of sympathizers and collaborators with violating laws against nature.
Be warned. That big gas guzzling heap you’re driving could get you in an even bigger heap of legal trouble. Yeah, you along with all others who ever travel anywhere in fossil-fueled airplanes or ships. If you’re even thinking about taking any overseas business trips — or God forbid, frivolous vacations — beyond American shores, please give this careful thought.
Will you truly be able to live with your conscience?
Instead, consider rowing or sailing your way over those troubled waters, just as I’m quite certain Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Earl Walker does when he travels back and forth from mainland political haunts to his Caribbean residence. If not, why would the former EPA attorney have the temerity to file a RICO suit originally reserved for mafia figures against ExxonMobil and the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C., think tank?
Their alleged crime was to knowingly hide warnings by Al Gore and the U.N. that your SUV will ravage coastal populations with rising sea levels and first-ever hurricanes.
Sure, they’ll probably try to confuse us with trick questions: like why, apart from natural 1998 and 2015 El Nino spikes, satellites haven’t recorded any statistically-significant global warming for nearly two decades; why sea levels have been rising at a constant rate of 7 inches per century without acceleration; and why no category 3-5 hurricanes have struck the U.S. coast since October 2005 — a record lull since 1900.
But don’t trust your lyin’ eyes; continue to be assured that the science is settled. Global warming is an imminent threat, we’re causing it, and ExxonMobil, the evil profiteering culprit, should have told us.
Instead, they callously continued to produce oil and gas without informing investors and the public of dire climate change consequences.
No group is more outraged about ExxonMobil’s audacity to “perpetrate fraud” by knowingly selling a harmful product than the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF).
Thanks to vast fortunes passed on to them by Standard Oil co-founder John D. Rockefeller and his brother, William, they have lots of money to finance lots of other anti-fossil vigilante programs. Big recipients include League of Conservation Voters and Sierra Club Foundation opposition efforts against the Keystone pipeline and tar sands in general.
John D. and William must be relieved to finally have their family shame redeemed.
As reported in my May 2 column, RBF hosted a secret January 2016 meeting with about a dozen influential anti-fossil fuel activists to refine strategies that “establish in public’s mind that Exxon is a corrupt institution that has pushed humanity (and all creation) toward climate chaos and grave harm.” The Rockefeller Family Fund (RFF) offered to help fund the campaign through Bill McKibben’s aggressive 350.org website.
Soon afterwards, New York Attorney General Schneiderman headlined a press conference of 16 state attorneys general announcing intentions to prosecute organizations who were “committing fraud” by “knowingly deceiving” the public about the threat of manmade climate change and launched his RICO actions.
Actually realizing that his prospects for RICO convictions are as remote as polar bear extinctions, Schneiderman is pursuing better climate justice opportunities. This involves applying very broad terms of a New York “Martin Act.”
Enacted in 1921 to prosecute stock-sale boiler room operations, it enables an attorney general to bring charges without probable cause that any investor was actually harmed.
Schneiderman’s creative approach allows him to search ExxonMobil’s files for any unrevealed knowledge about suspected climate risks from 1977 to present.
This includes all information regarding how any related research was used in business projections, how it was described to investors and the public, and all communications on the topic with outside groups.
Yet while fully crediting Schneiderman, fellow attorneys general, the Rockefellers and other climate crusaders for saving the planet from fossil-fired Armageddon, perhaps we might also cut ExxonMobil some slack for not giving the matter full attention.
After all, they’ve been pretty busy keeping our economy fueled, our lights on, our homes comfortable, our planes airborne, and our engines running.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of “Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom”(2015) and “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax” (2012). Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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