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The caption beneath the picture of the glacier reads:
"TAKU GLACIER, ALASKA, IS A RIVER OF ICE STRETCHING 270 SQUARE MILES, YET THE PETROLEUM ENERGY HUMBLE SUPPLES AMERICA COULD MELT IT AT THE RATE OF 7 MILLIONS TONS A DAY!"
Perhaps a more prophetic ad was never run in history: In 1962 Humble Oil ran a two-page ad spread in Life Magazine. Humble merged with Standard Oil to become the oil industry giant EXXON, now EXXON-MOBIL. Blogger David Roberts places this one in the running for "All Time Millenial Award for Maximum Irony". I totally agree!
The ad itself reads as follows:
"EACH DAY HUMBLE SUPPLIES ENOUGH ENERGY TO MELT 7 MILLION TONS OF GLACIER!
This giant glacier has remained unmelted for centuries. yet, the petroleum energy Humble supplies - if converted into heat - could melt it at the rate of 80 tons each second! To meet the nation's growing needs for energy, Humble has applied science to nature's resources to become America's Leading Energy Company. Working wonders with oil through research, Humble provides energy in many forms - to help heat our homes, power our transportation, and to furnish industry with a great variety of versatile chemicals. Stop at a Humble station for new Enco Extra gasoline, and see why the "Happy Motoring" Sign is the Worlds First Choice!"
The supreme irony is that EXXON-MOBIL is the same company which spent millions to disparage the idea of mankind cause climate change. Using proven tobacco industry tactics, EXXON financed (even founded!) 'think tanks' with many millions of dollars to dispute scientific findings and muddy the waters over this issue. The right-wing big business lobby is still at it today, using any means fair or foul to cast doubt over an issue upon which about 95% of all scientists agree.
Hackers recently got into computers at a legitimate climate change research center. Emails and other documents stolen from there were then published - in Russia of all places. The attempt is to show a 'coverup' by scientists who agree on human influenced climate change - a huge majority of all scientists - and further muddy the waters.
The timing of this release of course, has no relevance to the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference scheduled to begin December 7, 2009. Yeah right. Just like the timings of the current releases of new recommendations for the frequency for pap smears or breast cancer exams has no relevance to the national health care debate or the passing of the National Health Act.
Can we, the public, ever learn to effectively counter all the billions of 'influence dollars' spent by corporate vested interests? Not bloody likely given recent history!