Monday, December 31, 2012

Big Energy Links Greenhouse Gases to Global Climate Change

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In what is becoming an annual end of the year tradition for On the Brink, I am highlighting some environmental news items that I think were overlooked over the course of the year.

Over the last few days, I discussed the lack of information about the "new normal"the wide acceptance of GMO food-frankenfoodthe fine tuning of environmental benchmarksthe science of Mars, and the impacts of the Internet on the environment.  For my last post on the theme, I've got some good news about climate change for the end of the year.

I am seeing more and more major energy companies step up and recognize that carbon dioxide is causing global climate change.  This is a significant departure from the past when energy companies were seen as obstacles in policy development.

Take a look at Chevron's Website on climate change.  It is perhaps the most environmentally positive of all of the major companies on the issue.  It recognizes that climate change is real, that carbon dioxide is part of the problem, and that Chevron has a responsibility to lead research on solving the problem. 

This article that reveals the major organizations involved with promoting climate change denial notes that ExxonMobil pledged to stop funding climate change denial organizations in 2006.

There is no doubt that oil will be a part of our long-term energy portfolio.  It is cheap, readily accessible, and easy to transport.  The acceptance of climate change by some major energy companies and their efforts to mitigate the impact of their products on the environment are positive developments that we can celebrate as we look toward the growth in alternative energy in 2013. 

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