Pacific Northwest forests are on fire. Several blazes are out of control, threatening rural towns, jumping rivers and highways, and covering Portland, Oregon, Seattle, and other cities in smoke and falling ash. Temperatures this summer are an average of 3.6 degrees higher than the last half of the 20th century, according to the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group analysis published in The Seattle Times.
A clear example of why corporations should not have Constitutional rights intended for human beings. They use our First amendment rights to participate in our elections, and to not speak (or be forced to reveal life-threatening conditions of which they are aware). They use our 4th Amendment to prevent inspections of their operations. They use our 5th amendment rights to stifle zoning laws and dissent in communities that democratically passed zoning laws to control growth–threatening to sue for loss of profits if they are not allowed to build their way. And they regularly use our 14th amendment–equal protection under the law–to gain more and more rights (most recently religious rights in Hobby Lobby). Yes, they should be made to pay for their crimes against humanity, but quite frankly I would settle for ripping up their charters and putting them out of business. Remaining corporations should be stripped of all Constitutional Rights intended for human beings.
Aren’t the “90 companies” also some of the world’s most egregious tax evaders ?
They are already shirking their responsibility to pay their fair share even if they were not causing the climate crisis and now are pushing forward Trump’s “tax reform” that is likely to result in their paying zero taxes.
lobo, that is precisely correct.
And the 90 companies are…?
According to the report, they are (from biggest contributor down to 90th biggest):
Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
Royal Dutch Shell, The Netherlands
National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Iran
Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Mexico
British Coal Corporation, UK
Petroleos de Venezuela, Venezuela
Coal India, India
Peabody Coal Group
Kuwait Petroleum Corp., Kuwait
CONSOL Energy, USA
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
BHP Billiton, Australia
Iraq National Oil Company, Iraq
Anglo American, UK
Libya National Oil Corp., Libya
Nigerian National Petroleum, Nigeria
Petroleo Brasileiro (Petrobras), Brazil
Rio Tinto, UK
Arch Coal Company, USA
Oil and Gas Corp India, India
Sasol, South Africa
Qatar Petroleum, Qatar
Rosneft, Russian Federation
Egyptian General Petroleum, Egypt
Petroleum Development Oman, Oman
Massey Energy Corporation, US
Alpha Natural Resources, USA
Singareni Collieries Company, India
Cyprus Amax, USA
Devon Energy, USA
Westmoreland Mining, USA
BG Group (British Gas) UK
Syrian Petroleum, Syria
Kiewit Mining Group, USA
North American Coal, US
CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Co.)
Ruhrkohle AG (RAG), Germany
Luminant / TXU, USA
Canadian Natural Resources, Canada
Bahrain Petroleum Corporation
Murray Coal Corporation, USA
UK Coal, UK
Polish Oil & Gas Co.
Murphy Oil, USA
OMV Group, Austria
FSU (Former Soviet Union)
China, Peoples Rep. (coal & cement only)
Russian Federation (not including FSU)
dpearl, thank you. I didn’t see a link to this in the article; where did you locate it?
Like you, I was curious about the data - It turned out that the article had a link to the report and the report had a supplementary excel file with their data (including how much carbon each entity put out and whether they were state run or private).
When a totalitarian military empire has nothing left for the people then the state has withered away and is gone.
This is Marxism unfolding in the us government.
A point soon follows where hoards of high paid special agents are required to get a full day’s work from each population unit.
Done know who these companies are?
That should read do we know…
Yours is one of the very best posts that I have read lately. Thank you for pointing out a truth that should be obvious by now. Corporations are not people. To say that they are is foolish!
I’m sorry but you cannot claim that a company caused a hurricane or wildfire because they emit pollution. That is ridiculous, and illustrates a misunderstanding of what climate change is. Climate change is NOT a guaranatee that x weather event will occur and harm people. To claim this suggests that human beings can now accurately future tell the weather, which is impossible. We can make accurate predictions, but there is no guarantee of knowing in advance that such a weather event will occur.
Second of all, these events are NOT solely caused by excess CO2 emissions, so your claim that the companies are directly responsible for these events doesn’t make any sense. Hurricanes are formed based on atmospheric pressure conditions, the is no currently accepted scientific connection between pressure and CO2 emission. Yes the waters are rising, and yes the temperature of waters are rising. However, once again you cannot claim that a company is solely responsible for this change. Part of this change is natural. What is unnatural is the rate of acceleration, not just because the waters are higher or that they are warmer. We expect that to naturally happen as the earth goes between interglacial maximum and minimum positions in time. Granted these cycles are millions of years.
Third of all, I wish the author recognized the complete situation we are in, when we climate crisis costs and potential solutions. This idea that we would instantly be better if fossil fuel companies just fitted a large bill is utopian. I believe that we most likely need to pursue integrating a carbon tax into society, but I am not foolish enough to suggest that there would be no new costs introduced into society. As you increase the costs for fossil fuels before finding adequate scaled substitutes, you will quickly find yourself paying increased prices for transportation, manufacturing, chemical processing, and production. Yes this would increase demand for new substitutes, but while we wait for an effective product the world is paying a premium cost of living that many Americans and people around the world simply cannot afford.
Take a look at the Citizen’s Climate Lobby website to see one possible way to make fossil fuel producers pay a fee for their production.
No surprise to those in the Bay Area: Chevron is at the top of the list.
Just one example of their behavior: When its Richmond (CA) refinery exploded in 2012, 15,000 went seeking medical treatment. It sent up a huge, black toxic plume that was visible for hours.
After the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigated and then reported (which I attended), it revealed that 19 of Chevron’s employees came very close to dying as a result. It also revealed that the pipe that blew out had been installed in 1976, and not refurbished or replaced since then (36 years). The CSB deemed the explosion “completely preventable.”
Confusing - prove your point. There is no Marxism, there is protection of monopolistic interests.
You might be missing the point that the warming of the water because of the carbon in the atmosphere is making the storms that we naturally experience much worse. Because of the warm water more water is evaporating into the atmosphere and must condense into rain and wind. That coupled with the warming and melting ice of the poles, which raises the water level and makes storm surge worse and also causes the hurricanes to slow down and linger on a land mass and cause more property damage and loss of life.
Do you agree that the entities that cause a problem, especially for their profit at the expense of others, should mitigate or make the problem right? That’s pretty much what our legal system is supposed to be based on.
In the 1930’s smoking was even recommended by doctors and the tobacco companies had carte blanch license to sell their miasma product to millions of unsuspecting Americans and all these years later, have been subjected to major lawsuits for so many proven, American deaths.
From my perspective, that is exactly what is needed now. Like big tobacco, until the guilty companies, are sued for billions of $ they will not change.
Maybe something like: ( you fill in the company) THIS COMPANY IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH!
We all know it won’t happen. Can’t be digging on those huge profits just sitting there doing nothing but probably making more money.