Now that they’re finally going after Big Oil over global warming, it’s surely only a matter of time before they start going after Big Beef as well.
Sorry, folks, but your steaks, hamburgers and chops are helping to kill the planet — along with your SUV.
Last week New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman slapped oil giant Exxon Mobil XOM, -1.24% with a surprising subpoena. He wants to know what Exxon knew about fossil fuels and global warming, and when it knew it.
Investigative journalists argue that Exxon scientists knew as long ago as the mid-1970s that the greenhouse gases from fossil fuels were contributing seriously to global warming. They argue that the company, and others in the industry, engaged in a massive cover-up, and spent huge sums financing studies that cast cold water on global warming.
Exxon Mobil, naturally enough, denies the charges.
Global warming and climate change have become absurdly over-politicized topics. It’s amazing how many otherwise sensible people seem inclined to dismiss the risk of global warming because (a) it still snows in February, (b) they took high school biology and they “just don’t buy it,” or (c) they’re conservatives and “global warming is for liberals.” Some have actually suggested a bunch of liberals have made the whole thing up to get Americans to take the train and become slaves.
We might just as well politicize drunk driving or opioid addiction.