Target: Rex W. Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO
Goal: Stop lying about the catastrophic affects of burning fossil fuels.
A non-profit environmental outlet has released a series of studies commissioned by ExxonMobil during the 1980s, showing that the oil giant has been hiding groundbreaking research on global warming for decades. Long before the mainstream public had heard about global warming, Exxon executives were well aware that burning fossil fuels would raise global temperatures, and they continued to do it anyways. Exxon has since spent millions of dollars leading the global warming denial rhetoric, lying through their teeth to ensure they keep making billions, while showing no regard for the fate of mankind.
In 1977, Exxon’s senior company scientist James F. Black warned Exxon executives that humans were influencing global climate, mainly through the carbon dioxide released from the burning of fossil fuels. He continued with his research and a year later told Exxon scientists and managers that it was estimated that a doubling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would increase global temperatures by 2 to 3 degrees Celsius. He also warned that within five to ten years, irreversible changes to global temperature could occur.
Instead of being concerned about how their business was devastating the planet, Exxon instead put their focus on how this research would be devastating to their business. Exxon started a campaign to taint their own studies and have done everything in their power to block emission cuts, such as their opposition to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997.
In 1977, ExxonMobil was on the forefront for research on fossil fuels and climate change, and then they did everything in their power to cover up what they discovered. Exxon has been willingly raising global temperatures and destroying our planet for their own personal benefit. Now that their 1980s studies have been released, they can’t hide behind the façade of ignorant denial anymore. Demand that Exxon stops funding and lobbying climate change denial and reduces their fossil fuel burning.
Dear Mr. Tillerson,
During the 1980s, the executives of your company chose to conceal groundbreaking research on the role of fossil fuels in climate change. Since then, Exxon has done everything in its control to take away the credibility of its own research. As CEO of Exxon, you hold the power to stop the manipulation of public perception on global warming and the lobbying against carbon emission cuts.
Now that the public has been made aware of Exxon’s scientific knowledge of fossil fuels’ effects on rising temperatures, your rhetoric on climate change disbelief isn’t going to work anymore. The confirmation that Exxon has been conscious of its role in global warming is a stain on its image that can’t be fixed by any PR campaign. The next step for Exxon to take is to stop lying and instead hold accountability for their actions.
As president of a multinational oil giant, your decisions make global impacts and should be weighed very carefully. I urge you to please stop funding climate change denial and lobbying for fossil fuels.
[Your Name Here]
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