“Exxon Knew”

“Exxon was aware of climate change, as early as 1977, 11 years before it became a public issue, according to a recent investigation from InsideClimate News.”

Exxon Knew about Climate Change Almost 40 Years Ago – Scientific American

But NOAA and the CIA didn’t.

10 May 1979, 7 – Calgary Herald at Newspapers.com

07 Dec 1989, 44 – The Tyler Courier-Times at Newspapers.com


March 1, 1975 | Science News

Science News, March 1, 1975

The National Geographic Archive | November 1976 | page 1

International Team of Specialists Finds No End in Sight to 30‐Year Cooling Trend in Northern Hemisphere – The New York Times

25 Nov 1981, 13 – Chicago Tribune at Newspapers.com

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12 Responses to “Exxon Knew”

  1. arn says:

    While having nothing to do related to climate ,
    Exxon somehow was in the 70ies so far ahead of science that they already knew they were creating global warming,while the climate experts were promoting the ice age scare
    (was there any time in history of climate science when amateurs were not far ahead of climate scientists? )
    and trying to create a scenario to drive Exxon and other fossil fuel producers out of business with aerosols as excuse.

    Exxon must be a hell of a company
    only matched by the Unscientific American,
    a magazine that is able to dig so deep to find ” prove” that Exxon knew about global warming decades ago,
    while they are not able to remember the global cooling they themselves have been promoting during that timeframe
    though all the data is straight in front of their faces.

  2. conrad ziefle says:

    So did Michael Mann pay Exxon to write his climate model? And the real scandal is, why did Chevron, BP, and the other big oil companies not know? Were they not investing in any science research at all? Lastly, Exxon and big oil must really pay their people well because, of all the people that got laid off during the oil cut backs of the early 1980s, and all the people who left Exxon and went to work in other areas, or retired, not one became a whistleblower.
    No one I know ever even mentioned it in casual off the record conversation, either.

    • GWS says:

      What did they “know?” Rather, the question is, what did they believe — that CO2 caused the earth to overheat? Some believed that but there was no proof, only suspicion. Sone began to believe it like a kind of religion and they turned mankind into some kind of demon of Satan, as if there was some kind of conspiracy against God’s creation slinking in the shadows. — No, I don’t think there was any kind of “know’n” go’n on, only fears ‘n believ’n by small minds that didn’t want to search any further.

    • arn says:

      It would have been counterproductive for Exxon to know and care,and especially in a world of a coming ice age, about warming.
      Even if they had that unlikely miracle to outsmart all climate scientists – which is unlikely,
      they would have destroyed all data as :
      Cold climate = more need for energy = higher profits.

      And if they knew back then,they would have been heavily investing and diverting for half a century to profit from this scenario even more than Al Gore did.
      But this never happened.

      • GWS says:

        I would like to know when Exxon “knew” that CO2 “caused Global Warming.” Even today there is disagreement. “Suspecting” it is not enough to hold anyone back who lived in those heady days of growth in America; besides, the world needed it. I cannot place blame for people wanting to make a living and get ahead under those kinds of circumstances. When people are cold, warmth of any kind is essential. Sam Clemens was saved from bankruptcy by a man he previously would have called a “robber baron”, who then became his “best friend.”

      • Disillusioned says:

        And if they knew back then, they would have been heavily investing and diverting for half a century to profit from this scenario even more than Al Gore did.
        But this never happened.

        There you go again thinking critically using facts and logic. UnScientific American’s intended audience doesn’t.

  3. Gamecock says:

    Suppose Esso/Exxon knew. So what? That gives them no duty legally nor morally.

    Exxon is still in business. Doing the same things it used to. Instead of ex post facto prosecution in the legacy press, attack them for what they are doing NOW!

    Else, STFU.

  4. GWS says:

    Since we know that a warm glass of beer in a closed room will make a room warmer, and a cold beer in a similar room will make a room cooler, and that mankind is cause of all things bad in the world, how will men drinking beer not stop the rain in Spain?

  5. spren says:

    These dastardly carbon-based energy companies conspired for more than a century to double lifespans, increase prosperity, and create a thriving middle class that had never existed before. They did all of these terrible things just so their companies and shareholders could profit.

  6. dm says:

    40+ years ago, oil & natural gas exploration & production companies knew about climate change. They knew natural forces caused cooling & warming cycles. They also knew many climatologists during the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s worried the cooling phase that began in the 1940s would continue indefinitely.

    Furthermore, some staffers knew Angstrom disputed Arrenius’ concept about how atmospheric CO2 affects air temperature. And, Northern Hemisphere climate data favored Angstrom from the 1940s through the 1970s. How? The Northern Hemisphere cooled during this time span. Temperature cooled even though anthropogenic CO2 could have begun having a detectable warming effect (per Arrenius) as of the late 1940s.

    Finally, executives knew climatologists could reverse their expectations. How? Worries about rising temperatures, severe droughts and shrinking glaciers caused by the warming phase (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) that ended in the 1940s were replaced by worries the following cooling phase would continue indefinitely. From the 1960s to late 1980s, another ice age was the main worry.

    So, how could oil & gas companies KNOW in 1977 burning oil & gas caused global warming?

  7. Ulric Lyons says:

    The late 1800’s in that northern hemisphere temperature series is wrong, the AMO was warmer then, and cooled strongly from 1901.

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