Chrome skull with a cigarette.

石油巨头、烟草巨头、谎言巨头

波士顿——过去几年来,越来越多人已经开始认真审视我们这个星球正在发生的事情——历史性干旱、海平面上升、大规模洪涝——并最终认识到人类活动正在推动快速气候变化。但你猜怎么着?埃克森(现在叫埃克森美孚)早在1978年就已经看出了端倪。

到20世纪80年代初,埃克森科学家的理解更加深入。他们不仅了解气候变化背后的科学,而且也承认公司自身在这一现象背后所起的巨大作用。科学家们认识到这可能会对很大部分人产生“灾难性”的影响,并因此敦促埃克森的高管采取行动。但高管们非但没有采取行动,反而掩盖了真相。

这个令人义愤的故事背后可能尚存一线希望:最近揭露埃克森骗局的调查可能最终对应对迫在眉睫的气候危机起到催化作用。毕竟,有关烟草行业的类似披露——大型烟草企业知道些什么、什么时候知道的——彻底改变了公共卫生状况。

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