Climate Science is often claimed to be in its infancy, but this is most clearly an outrageously false statement. Eunice Foote published “her 1856 paper about… A cylinder filled with carbon dioxide warmed even more, and, once removed from the light, ‘it was many times as long in cooling.’ She then reached a sweeping conclusion: ‘An atmosphere of that gas would give to our earth a high temperature.’”(Schwartz Pg. 1) And if your sceptile on whether this is the beginning of climate science because she doesn’t actually relate it to actual events in the climate. Look no further as only 5 years later John Tyndall published a paper about “the first experimental confirmation of the greenhouse effect.”(Reidy Pg. 13) This is clearly proof that climate science is at least 159 years old and far from its infancy in scientific terms.
In 1966 the Mining Congress Journal Vol. 25 No. 8 Pg. 56 stated “If the future rate of increase(in C02) continues as it is at the present, it has been predicted that… the temperature of the earth’s atmosphere will increase and that vast changes in the climates of the earth will result.” And in the 1970s and 80s Exxon funded a million dollar scientific investigation into fossil fuels effect on the climate and the repercussions it could have and concluded in 1977 that “doubling CO2 gases in the atmosphere would increase average global temperatures by two or three degrees.”(Hall Pg. 2) This was 11 years before the public became fully aware of global warming and Exxon actually led the charge in spreading misinformation and trying to confuse the public about the effect fossil fuels had on the climate. So the private industry has known about global warming since 1966 and definitively known since 1977.
Politically there have been many things done to combat global warming with 100s of regulations and rules being placed on emissions, most notably the kyoto protocol(1998) and the paris agreement(2015). But there hasn’t been nearly enough and a large part is due to corporate greed. With fossil fuel companies being some of richest and most profitable companies ever to exist they have spent large amounts of money to keep governments, especially the US government, from enacting proper climate policies. And this always makes me question why didn’t these companies invest all the money they spent spreading disinformation and lobbying against climate change, to develop renewable energy technologies that have the potential to be much cheaper in production and maintenance than the fossil fuel industry.
P.S. please tell me some one gets the title reference