Der Spiegel reports today that the energy company Exxon had known about climate change in 2019 since 1982 and still continued to do so. How do you judge this behavior?

Evidence shows that the oil industry, especially Exxon, did research on climate change as early as the 1970s, e.g.developed the method of climate modelling, which is still an important building block in the knowledge of climate change (…).E.g. They have also converted a tanker to explore how much CO2 the oceans would be able to absorb. In 1977 at the latest, James Black, a scientist at Exxon, spoke before their management about the results of this research (which, interestingly, differed little from the current state of knowledge), long before the problem in independent science. had arrived.

Greenpeace estimates that as a result, and long before the public got wind of the problem, the oil industry would be worth about 30 million euros.U.S. dollars have been spent to develop the nebulization strategies, the success of which we are allowed to “admire” at the moment in people who are little familiar with the subject matter. For example, it is said time and again that there is disagreement within science about the subject, a slick lie (unless one considers a ratio 97:3 among climatologists to disagree…) (Metastudy by Cook et al. 2016). In the “Oregon Petition” (USA 1989), exactly 39 climatologists were among the 31,000 signed scientists, “Scientists4Future” (2019) reached 21,678 signatures in Germany alone within a few days.

Or the argument that was also among the answers here, that the weather report could only predict 10 days and therefore more or less beyond that would be more or less coffee grounds reading.But this comparison is similar to that between apples and pears, which are both fruits, but are very different in many things: the weather report wants to predict the weather of a certain day, if possible even a certain hour. However, if we look at the forecasts for the next winter, for example in autumn, we have been able to see a hit rate of over 70% for a given month for many years, because our winter weather is an important part of the air pressure conditions. between Iceland and the Azores (so-called NAO). And the prediction of a climate change does not even want to foresee the weather of a particular month or year (that would be crazy, of course), but makes statements about the expected averages for a period of 30 years. That is, for example, not the year 2100 we will be so and so warm, but for the period 2085-2115 a certain average temperature is expected.

I am a paleoclimatologist myself and have been teaching students the subject of climate for decades.I don’t have an argument of sogen yet. climate sceptics, which I could not refute. 95% of them even ad hoc, without research, the rest after studying relevant literature.

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