That is quite frightening. There is evidence about the effect of carbon dioxide. There is doubt too about the greenhouse effect. In any event, we cannot really afford to mess the climate up because we will not know how to fix it... if we are still around. I find it quite amazing to see Exxon supporting this type of campaign. To me it is yet another proof that the best interest of shareholders is no way to manage human development on the planet.
In my business school there was no debate about the fact that the only way to propperly run a company was the interest of shareholders; Taking a number of shortcuts in the thinking process, respectable professors were telling us how this was **really** the only (sic!) way to actually run a business. I guess that is what Exxon is doing here. The trouble is that every single living being is a shareholder of the planet and in my humble opinion those shareholders (amongst which is also the next generation of humans) have an absolute priority. It's about Life, an incredible miracle we don't really understand yet. And by the way somebody should tell the Exxon yuppies to get out of their offices and go out there to actually see what Life is all about: carbon dioxide is not Life!
And by the way, somebody posted a great link to the Wikipedia entry for doublespeak, which is more or less what some big corporations engage in... with their shareholders' money.
"The Competitive Enterprise Institute has produced two 60-second television spots focusing on the alleged global warming crisis and the calls by some environmental groups and politicians for reduced energy use. The ads are airing in 14 U.S. cities from May 18 to May 28, 2006."
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