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There are so many articles out there that talk about global warming and how we are destroying the environment, through activities such as burning fossil fuels for transportation, methane emissions from animal production, deforestation, and the overuse of chemical fertilizers on croplands.

Yet, there are even those who believe that global warming is a hoax!

However, there is overwhelming evidence that we are causing serious damage to the environment. While there are many things you can do on a personal level to combat climate change, it is readily apparent that large corporations are disproportionately responsible for the damage being done to our planet!

According to an article from The Guardian, only 90 companies worldwide produce over 2/3 of the planets entire man-made greenhouse gas emissions – that is 914 gigatonnes between 1751 to 2010!

So, who are these environmental offenders? We have a list of five of the worst below:

1. Chevron

Topping our list is California-based energy corporation, Chevron. Chevron has contributed 3.52 percent to global warming emissions. After merging with Texaco in 2001, Chevron dumped millions of gallons of toxic waste in Ecuador, spreading toxins throughout the Amazonian rivers and unlined pits. The company was fined $9.5 million — a small price to pay in comparison to the enormous cost to the environment.

Their rap sheet doesn’t begin and end just there. Chevron was fined two million dollars by Angola in 2002 (the first country in Africa to fine a major multinational corporation within its borders) for oil spills, and by the U.S. for violating the Clean Air Act in 2003, for which the company was required to spend approximately $275 million to install and implement innovative control technologies to reduce emissions at its refineries. The company was also responsible for a crude oil spill off the cost of Rio de Janeiro in 2011 for which it was fined $17.3 million by the Brazilian government and for a Refinery in Richmond for which they were fined $2 million after more than 15,000 people sought medical treatment for respiratory problems.

2. ExxonMobil

Richard Heede’s paper ranks this oil and gas company as the second greatest contributor to CO2 and CH4 emissions at 3.22 percent of the global percentage. The company is responsible for multiple oil spills throughout the world with the biggest being the Exxon Valdez oil spill (approximately 11 million U.S. gallons) – considered by many to be the number one most damaging oil spill to the environment. It was responsible for over 250,000 animal deaths and billions of salmon and herring egg deaths. Floating oil can sadly still be seen around the coastal areas of this region. The company’s horrific list of other spills are:

Shockingly, the company was also known to fund multiple organizations denying anthropogenic global warming, possibly to defend its position with its oil spills. In 2014, the company released a report acknowledging climate change risk for the first time.

3. Saudi Aramco

While this company is working to reduce their emissions and footprint on the environment, they are still ranked very high on the list of companies releasing emissions at number three in global percent of emissions at 3.17 percent.

4. British Petroleum (BP)

This oil and gas company ranks number four in emissions at 2.47 percent. For their U.S. operations, the company is ranked as having one of the worst safety records of any oil company due to their extensive number of spills and unconcerned impact on the environment. Can we get a round of boos please? (GOOD) Their pathetic record is as follows:

5. Gazprom

Rounding up the top five is Gazprom – the world’s largest extractor of natural gas with 2.22 percent in global emissions.

Gazprom continued to drill illegally in the Arctic even after its response plan for the Prirazlomnaya oil platform expired, according to Greenpeace. Pricefoil also reported that Greenpeace and WWF unveiled a report written by an independent Russian think-tank – the Informatika Riska Center on assessing the risks of an oil spill in the Pechora Sea.

Continuing the Top 10 are Royal Dutch/Shell, Netherlands at 2.12 percent, National Iranian Oil Company at 2.01 percent, Pemex, Mexico at 1.38 percent, ConocoPhillips, USA and Petroleous de Venezuela at 1.11 percent.

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Marko Par
3 Years Ago

Scientist Reveals Inconvenient Truth to Alarmists

Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 07:59 AM

By Larry Bell


Dr. Christian Schlüchter’s discovery of 4,000-year-old chunks of wood at the leading edge of a Swiss glacier was clearly not cheered by many members of the global warming doom-and-gloom science orthodoxy.

This finding indicated that the Alps were pretty nearly glacier-free at that time, disproving accepted theories that they only began retreating after the end of the little ice age in the mid-19th century. As he concluded, the region had once been much warmer than today, with “a wild landscape and wide flowing river.”

Dr. Schlüchter’s report might have been more conveniently dismissed by the entrenched global warming establishment were it not for his distinguished reputation as a giant in the field of geology and paleoclimatology who has authored/coauthored more than 250 papers and is a professor emeritus at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Then he made himself even more unpopular thanks to a recent interview titled “Our Society is Fundamentally Dishonest” which appeared in the Swiss publication Der Bund where he criticized the U.N.-dominated institutional climate science hierarchy for extreme tunnel vision and political contamination.


Following the ancient forest evidence discovery Schlüchter became a target of scorn. As he observes in the interview, “I wasn’t supposed to find that chunk of wood because I didn’t belong to the close-knit circle of Holocene and climate researchers. My findings thus caught many experts off guard: Now an ‘amateur’ had found something that the [more recent time-focused] Holocene and climate experts should have found.”

Other evidence exists that there is really nothing new about dramatic glacier advances and retreats. In fact the Alps were nearly glacier-free again about 2,000 years ago. Schlüchter points out that “the forest line was much higher than it is today; there were hardly any glaciers. Nowhere in the detailed travel accounts from Roman times are glaciers mentioned.”

Schlüchter criticizes his critics for focusing on a time period which is “indeed too short.” His studies and analyses of a Rhone glacier area reveal that “the rock surface had [previously] been ice-free 5,800 of the last 10,000 years."

Such changes can occur very rapidly. His research team was stunned to find trunks of huge trees near the edge of Mont Miné Glacier which had all died in just a single year. They determined that time to be 8,200 years ago based upon oxygen isotopes in the Greenland ice which showed marked cooling.

Casting serious doubt upon alarmist U.N.-IPCC projections that the Alps will be nearly glacier-free by 2100, Schlüchter poses several challenging questions: “Why did the glaciers retreat in the middle of the 19th century, although the large CO2 increase in the atmosphere came later? Why did the Earth \'tip\' in such a short time into a warming phase? Why did glaciers again advance in the 1880s, 1920s, and 1980s? . . . Sooner or later climate science will have to answer the question why the retreat of the glacier at the end of the Little Ice Age around 1850 was so rapid.”

Although we witness ongoing IPCC attempts to blame such developments upon evil fossil-fueled CO2 emissions, that notion fails to answer these questions. Instead, Schlüchter believes that the sun is the principal long-term driver of climate change, with tectonics and volcanoes acting as significant contributors.

Regarding IPCC integrity with strong suspicion, Schlüchter recounts a meeting in England that he was “accidentally” invited to which was led by “someone of the East Anglia Climate Center who had come under fire in the wake of the Climategate e-mails.”

As he describes it: “The leader of the meeting spoke like some kind of Father. He was seated at a table in front of those gathered and he took messages. He commented on them either benevolently or dismissively.”

Schlüchter’s view of the proceeding took a final nosedive towards the end of the discussion. As he noted: “Lastly it was about tips on research funding proposals and where to submit them best. For me it was impressive to see how the leader of the meeting collected and selected information.”

As a number of other prominent climate scientists I know will attest, there’s one broadly recognized universal tip for those seeking government funding. All proposals with any real prospects for success should somehow link climate change with human activities rather than to natural causes. Even better, those human influences should intone dangerous consequences.


Schlüchter warns that the reputation of science is becoming more and more damaged as politics and money gain influence. He concludes, “For me it also gets down to the credibility of science . . . Today many natural scientists are helping hands of politicians, and are no longer scientists who occupy themselves with new knowledge and data. And that worries me.”

Yes. That should worry everyone.

Larry Bell is a professor and endowed professor at the University of Houston, where he directs the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture and heads the graduate program in space architecture. He is author of “Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax,” and his professional aerospace work has been featured on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel-Canada.


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Steve
3 Years Ago

Global Warming is not a Hoax. A hoax is a funny joke. Global Warming is a Complete Fraud. It is based on a failed hypothesis that violates many basic laws of Physics, mainly the second law of thermodynamics. Cool air in the upper atmosphere cannot heat up warmer air below it.

All the models have been proven wrong. All the scare stories have been proven fraudulent. All the data has been proven to be fraudulently manipulated. And their is no valid science behind this fraud. The sun and the ocean currents determine weather. The ambient air is not the thermal storage of the earth, the oceans are. The ambient air drops 10s of degrees every time the sun sets. Carbon Dioxide levels have been multiple times higher than today\'s levels with no adverse effect. The Fraudsters would have us believe we\'re about to cross some Rubicon. The earth is in a Carbon Dioxide drought right now and more Carbon Dioxide is good for life on this planet.

We need to start jailing the Fraudsters!


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robert staab
3 Years Ago

The only true statement in the far left blog is "global warming is a hoax" if you just read those words, the article makes sense


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ed
19 Jun 2014

The fact that you characterize this article as "far left" demonstrates a severe lack of intellectual capacity.

savant
3 Years Ago

Left-wing/liberal nonsense.....If these people had half a brain, they would be "half-wits".


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ed
19 Jun 2014

The fact that you characterize this article as "left wing liberal" demonstrates a severe lack of intellectual capacity.

Patrick Carroll
3 Years Ago

The number one polluter should be the consumer. Companies don\'t drill, pump, refine and sometimes spill oil for fun. They do it for profit. We pay for fuel and consumer articles made of plastics. Howl at the oil companies when you bike to work and use all non-petroleum products.


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