Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, staged a one-man protest of Exxon’s climate denial last Friday. Credit: Bill McKibben via Twitter
Revelations that the energy giant knew about climate change and obstructed policy prompted him to get himself arrested in protest.
By Katherine Bagley, InsideClimate News Oct 19, 2015
Climate activist Bill McKibben has already written editorials about recent revelations that ExxonMobil had deep knowledge of climate change as far back as the 1970s. He had taken to social media to spread the word. But last week, he felt that wasn’t enough and decided to protest and get himself arrested at an ExxonMobil station in Burlington, Vt.
That’s how angry McKibben was that the energy giant had known for four decades that burning fossil fuels was changing the earth’s climate—and then chose to ignore it and fund efforts to deny it.
The stories “change the accepted narrative of the fight I’ve spent almost my whole adult life engaged in,” McKibben, co-founder of the environmental organization 350.org, told InsideClimate News the day after his arrest. “Had Exxon been forthright in the late 80s or early 90s, they could have short-circuited the faux debate we’ve been engaged in all these decades. They were the ones that had the unique credibility to do it.”
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- Exxon Research — James F. Black, 1977 October 20, 2015
- Bill McKibben : Exxon Knew Everything There Was to Know About Climate Change by the Mid-1980s—and Denied It October 20, 2015