Bastards! Vor zwei Jahren wurde bekannt, dass Exxon seit Beginn der 80er Jahre über die Folgen der Verbrennung fossiler Treibstoffe und den Klimawandel Bescheid wusste und offenbar auch allen anderen Öl-Multis die Konsequenzen ihres Handelns bewusst war. Nun hat man einen Lehrfilm von Shell aus dem Jahr 1991 wiederentdeckt, der das stützt, denn der Film des Ölriesen warnte vor dem Klimawandel: „Action now is seen as the only safe insurance.“ What a bunch of Bastards!
The oil giant Shell issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered. However, since then the company has invested heavily in highly polluting oil reserves and helped lobby against climate action, leading to accusations that Shell knew the grave risks of global warming but did not act accordingly.
Shell’s 28-minute film, called Climate of Concern, was made for public viewing, particularly in schools and universities. It warned of extreme weather, floods, famines and climate refugees as fossil fuel burning warmed the world. The serious warning was “endorsed by a uniquely broad consensus of scientists in their report to the United Nations at the end of 1990”, the film noted.
“If the weather machine were to be wound up to such new levels of energy, no country would remain unaffected,” it says. “Global warming is not yet certain, but many think that to wait for final proof would be irresponsible. Action now is seen as the only safe insurance.”