That the fossil fuel industry has unleashed its egregious influence to delegitimatize the serious threat of climate change is nothing new. Alarmingly, in the third and final report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), fossil fuel proponents exerting their editing prowess, urged cuts to be made to the report that attribute climate change in large part to the oil and gas industry.
What was cut from the 3,000-page report was “Summary for Policymakers.” But leaked reports reveal that a senior staffer for Saudi Aramco – Saudia Arabia’s state-owned oil and gas company – insisted rewriting the language on shutting down fossil fuel production. It’s not IPCC’s fault, actually, but rather the government delegations who are often staffed by oil company employees, who wielded the editorial scalpel as if it were a meat axe.
The Guardian authors kindly revealed what the full draft left out. It’s frightening how much power and influence the fossil fuel industry wields. It is ultimately responsible for the darkening storm that is the climate crisis.
The fossil fuel industry has longed argued that climate change is our fault because we forgot to turn out the lights when we left the room, or because we didn’t bike to the store three blocks away, or because we haven’t stopped eating Big Macs at McDonald’s. Let’s be clear: the real perpetrators of the mess we are in are the fossil fuel companies and their enablers. Big finance, big bankers and money managers, big insurance companies and reinsurers. Big petrochemical firms. Ask Google, Siri and Alexa, whose servers use lots of electricity. And these days one shouldn’t exempt crypto-miners.
We and everybody should call out all the wealthy malefactors who place short term profits over a congenial climate, a breathable atmosphere, and an extant, no extinct, human race. Let’s make their life hell just as they’re making ours hellish.