It’s April 17th 2018. The United States, as well as many other places in the world, has been experiencing storms or climate events of greater intensity and frequency for several years now. This weekend Hawaii and over 1000 miles of land in North America were pelted with storms that are examples of such. In Kawaii, Hawaii over 200 have been rescued from flooding, displacing families and causing water quality concerns for the whole island. Meanwhile late season snowfalls have dumped over 12 inches of snow from South Dakota to Michigan weeks after a multitude of intense winter storms wreaked havoc on the East Coast of the United States.
If you have ever researched anything about the environment, it’s likely that you have heard something about Global Climate Change, Global Warming, or the Greenhouse Effect. It’s likely someone has told you the weather is changing and that the world is getting warmer; or that the concepts of this are false and made up by hippies who want to return humanity to the dark ages. It’s probable that your information overload on this topic says you as an individual are responsible to make a difference in the problem. While this is true, the bigger picture is that corporations like Shell Oil and the way that have pushed their products to be consumed by the human population are a larger, and more importantly – intentionally complicit culprits in what may now be an irreversable sickness upon our planet.
The scariest part of this is that 30 years ago, Shell Corporation published internal documents that refer to a minimum of 7 years of research. Reading these documents, paints a scary backdrop to a weather and consumption history of the last 3 decades. What’s worse, is the intention examination and consent that comes out of knowing that the future problems of the world, which are predicted by this report to be irreversible, was intentionally followed through upon.
At this point, my reader – I’m guessing you imagine I have lost my mind or am consuming mass quantities of mind altering chemicals. Unfortunately, this story has truth that is scarier than any fiction you might consider reading. According to Dutch journalist, Jelmer Mommers, who introduced the world to this internal document to the world via De Correspondent, Shell Corporation pushed a climate change denial campaign knowing it would likely become a named defendant in future lawsuits and that the energy industry should push for responsible responses and solutions.
Now that I have your interest, I highly suggest you go and read the 90 pages of text directly at this link.