TRAC – Transnational Resource and Action Center
As we hurtle into the twenty-first century, oil is stillKing. But it does not rule benevolently. Rather, the reign of those who control the politics of petroleum continues to undermine democracy while fostering human rights violations and environmental disasters across the Earth.
Now, by making a major contribution to a global problem that looms larger than perhaps any before it, big oil may well have met its match. Indeed, climate change (often referred to as global warming or the green house effect) has the potential to radically damage entire ecosystems, agriculture, and the inhabitability of whole countries. Changing the climate affects everyone and everything.
Despite the efforts of afew transnational oil corporations (as well as theircohorts in the coal, chemi-cal and car businesses) to dupe the public into thinking that global warming is not a real threat, the vast majority of the world’s climate scientists and a growing body of evidence say it is. No longer does the scientific debate focus on if global warming will hap-pen, but rather on how soon…..