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Exxon Knew Everything There Was to Know About Climate Change by the Mid-1980s -- and Denied It

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Reprinted from The Nation

And thanks to their willingness to sucker the world, the world is now a chaotic mess.

From Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation.
Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation.
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A few weeks before the last great international climate conference -- 2009, in Copenhagen -- the e-mail accounts of a few climate scientists were hacked and reviewed for incriminating evidence suggesting that global warming was a charade. Eight separate investigations later concluded that there was literally nothing to "Climategate," save a few sentences taken completely out of context -- but by that time, endless, breathless media accounts about the "scandal" had damaged the prospects for any progress at the conference.

This scandal -- traveling under the hashtag #exxonknew -- is just beginning to build. The Inside Climate News series of six pieces is set to conclude this week and be published as a book, but the LA Times apparently has far more reporting waiting to be released. Already members of Congress -- Ted Lieu and Mark DeSaulnier of California -- and presidential candidates Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders have called on the Department of Justice to investigate, comparing it to the predations of the tobacco industry.

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Should the DOJ muster its courage to go after this most profitable and connected of companies, the roadmap is already well laid out by the two investigations.

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