Why does the fight for justice take so long? Why is it so difficult to hold Big Oil to account? Why does it take years even decades to drag oil executives, kicking and screaming, into a court-room?
For those hoping that the duel whammy of the pandemic and our climate emergency would belatedly and finally pivot Exxon away from fossil fuels, this is not going to happen. The company just wants to carry on drilling.
Some of the world’s worst polluting companies, including BP and Shell, have been regularly lobbying the UK Government offering money to be part of next year’s UN COP26 conference.
Whereas Big Oil bosses still continue a strategy of climate denial, the majority of oil workers would switch to jobs in the renewable industry.
We are in a climate emergency. The warnings from Antarctica are real. The message is simple. Big Oil is not to be trusted as driving the solution to the problem they created.
Despite our climate emergency and the massive demand reduction caused by COVID-19, American oil executives say it would be “folly” for them to switch to renewables.
The oil industry maybe dying, but it will still pollute us for decades after its death.
The deadly future that scientists warned us about is here. For years, climate scientists modeled how if we made the earth hotter, that heat had consequences. Unrelenting heat dries vegetation and makes it more likely to burn. It warms the oceans, increasing the fuel available for tropical cyclones.
Large parts of the American West are currently on fire. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed. At least seven people are dead in different states. An unknown number are missing. Tens of thousands remain under evacuation orders.
The signs are ominous as yet another climate record is reached. California is once again burning. From near the southern Mexico border, to San Diego and the forests of the Sierra Nevada over two million acres of the sunshine state were on fire yesterday.