In an ironic twist, big oil companies are reversing their decades long denial that climate change is real when their factories and refineries are threatened by its effects.
The Guardian reported earlier this summer on the effects of climate change:
The year 2018 is on track to be the fourth warmest on record, beaten only by 2016, 2015 and 2017. In other words, we have had the warmest four-year run since we started measuring. According to data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), June 2018 is the 402nd consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th-century average…
One hot summer does not a changing climate make, but the trend in the global data is now irrefutable. When Michael Mann published the “hockey stick” graph back in 1998, there was vociferous public pushback, yet the observed temperature rises match what Mann had predicted. Today’s hockey stick graph isn’t a forward projection but a historical record. The world has been getting hotter, and it will continue to do so. The only question now is how much hotter it gets.
Big oil companies have denied the reality of climate change for decades – despite overwhelming scientific data supporting it and despite the fact their own research confirmed that data.
Big oil companies have changed their tune now that their refineries are being threatened by the effects of climate change.