U.N. Secretary-General Guterres Slams ‘Big Lie’ of Oil Companies on Climate Change

UN Secretary General lashes out at oil companies for denying effects of fossil fuels on climate change

On Wednesday (01.18.2023), UN Secretary General, António Guterres warned the businessmen and politicians gathered at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos that oil companies have been propagating a “big lie” by denying the role of fossil fuels in global warming. He stated that it is similar to the strategy adopted by the tobacco companies when they were being sued for the effects of cigarettes.

Guterres referred to the study published last week in the journal Science, by ExxonMobil, in which the company dismissed its scientists’ conclusions about the effect of fossil fuels on climate change. He said that the oil giants were fully aware in the 1970s about the effect their products had on the planet, however, like the tobacco industry, they shut down their own science.

Additionally, Guterres expressed his worries about the fading away of goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era.

He pointed out the agreement reached in 1998 between several US states with the tobacco companies for 246,000 million dollars, as an example of holding companies accountable for such practices.

The ExxonMobil spokesman respoded last week that their response to such accusations in the past had “those who say ‘Exxon knew’ are wrong in their conclusions.”

Guterres advocated for ending the addiction to fossil fuels and concluding the post by saying that those responsible must be held accountable.

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