Exxon? More Like Excommunicated

Those who claim climate science is still in its infancy have not done their research. Eunice Foote and John Tyndall were crucial to the birth of climate science as an empirical field of study. Relative to, say, the cognitive revolution, you could say climate science is practically a baby. However, relative to newer sciences like computer science, climate science is pretty old. Experiments conducted by both scientists in the mid-to-late 1800s had already insinuated the damning effect of greenhouse gases. However, it wasn’t until around 1977 that companies like Exxon became aware of what carbon dioxide emissions were doing to the earth. However, nothing was done about these issues politically because, as referenced in Shannon Hall’s article, the companies spreading misinformation did so because they knew the company would stop profiting off of fossil fuels once people knew the global dangers. This is why tobacco companies and Exxon, while research unequivocally showed their work was harming the earth, put it off and decided making money was the stronger play. These companies are also who make large donations to congressmen with the incentive that they speak out publicly about climate change being a hoax, or massively overplayed.

            I found it very interesting to learn that climate science is over 150 years old! Before these articles, my estimation for active climate research would’ve been around the 1940s or 1950s, right around major technological advances for war were being invented. I initially wanted to make this connection because with the research going into the Manhattan Project, scientists had to have been studying the effects of radiation and widened that research to carbon dioxide and such. I do have an increased hatred for oil and gas companies, after reading that they spread misinformation that early on. Hopefully, as more people realize climate change is very terrifying, these companies start losing their power.

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