Atmospheric monitoring programs show the level of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere has increased about 8t over the last twenty-five years and now
stands at about 3^0 ppm. This observed increase is believed to be the con-
tinuation of a trend which began in the middle of the last century with the
start of the Industrial Revolution. Fossil fuel combustion and the clearing
of virgin forests (deforestation) are believed to be the primary anthropogenic
contributors although the relative contribution of each is uncertain.
The carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere is of concern since it can
affect global climate. Carbon dioxide and other trace gases_ contained in
the atmosphere such as water vapor, ozone, methane, carbon monoxide, oxides ^
of nitrogen, etc. absorb part of the infrared rays reradiated by the earth.
This increase in absorbed energy warms the atmosphere inducing warming at the
earth’s surface. This phenomenon is referred to as the “greenhouse effect”.
Predictions of the climatological impact of a carbon dioxide induced
.”greenhouse effect” draw upon various mathematical models to gauge the tem-
perature increase. The scientific community generally discusses the impact
in terms of doubling of the current carbon dioxide content in order to get
beyond the noise level of the data. We estimate doubling could occur around
the year 2090 based upon fossil fuel requirements projected in Exxon’s long
range energy outlook. The question of which predictions and which models best
simulate a carbon dioxide induced climate change is still being debated by
the scientific community. Our best estimate is that doubling of the current
concentration could increase average global temperature by about 1.3° to
Note that Exxon slandered the climate scientists- using paid shills and volunteer whores like TB- for decades in an effort to cover up the facts they knew to be true… and to prevent any action….
Studies of climate effects are recommended for the semi-arid tropics
because of the relatively large populations in these countries and
because of special sensitivity to climate.
Exxon and its shills did their best to make sure THAT didn’t happen… those areas will soon be unlivable.
Research is recommended on the flow of information on risk percep-
tion and decision making to and from both laymen and experts, the
physiological aspects of understanding and perception, and the
factors that influence decision making.
Exxon worked hard on this one, making sure that true appreciation of the risk would only come when it was far too late. Hiring experts in disinformation and enlisting the help of volunteer useful idiots like TB allowed them to muddy the waters and cast aspersions on the scientists researching the facts.
What kind of human being can be convinced to slit their grandchildren’s throats?
There is a need to be sure that “lifetime” exposure to elevated C02
poses no risks to the health of humans or animals. Health effects
associated with changes in the climate sensitive parameters, or
stress associated with climate related famine or migration could be
significant, and deserve study.
Instead they swept it under the rug… the scale of death and suffering that will result will dwarf ANYTHING humanity has experienced.
And they KNEW.