The Exxon scientists who warned of catastrophic climate change, uncovered

September 20, 2015 |

In Washington, Inside Climate News is reporting on how Exxon launched and then shuttered a broad investigation into the links between climate change, CO2 emissions and fossil fuels in the 1970s and 1980s.

“In the first place, there is general scientific agreement that the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels,” Exxon scientist James F. Black told Exxon’s Management Committee in 1977, according to ICN, and in 1978 Exxon was told that independent research was focusing on a potential increase of 4-18 degrees Fahrenheit in global temperatures —  a report which in part led to a multi-year, multi-million dollar climate study effort by Exxon in the 1980s.

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