UN Secretary-General Urges Oil Companies to Recognize Global Warming Reality
UN Secretary General condemns oil companies over global warming concerns at Davos Forum
UN Secretary General António Guterres severely criticized oil companies at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos on Wednesday for deceiving people about the threat of global warming.
Guterres compared the misdirection of oil companies to the strategy employed by tobacco companies, who have been hit with massive lawsuits over the effects of cigarettes.
Guterres claimed these companies “were fully aware in the 1970s that their flagship product was going to burn up the planet,” but did not make this information public.
He further noted the findings of a study published last week in the journal Science, which showed ExxonMobil dismissed its own scientists’ conclusions on the role of fossil fuels in climate change.
“Like the tobacco industry, they paid little attention to their own science,” he stated.
Guterres concluded by pressing his audience to “end addiction to fossil fuels” and raised the alarm that the goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era “is fading away.”
ExxonMobil declined to comment on the matter and claimed previous allegations have all been disproven.