In what can best be described as a "Let them eat cake" moment, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson acknowledged this week that the burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet, but that the "illiterate" public should not worry because society will adapt.
In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Tillerson complained that environmental advocacy groups "manufacture fear" to a poorly educated populace that doesn't have the science and math skills to see through the scare tactics.
Did it work? Did we scare you? Or did we use too many o's in "Boooo"?
Luckily, most of us are not as stupid as Tillerson thinks, and we're able to read and listen to the overwhelming evidence that the Earth is warming faster and more severely than it has in history, and that the warming is directly related to the increased burning of fossil fuels.
As far as being able to adapt, tell that to the hundreds of millions of people who live along the coastlines of the world, like our friends in Miami who will lose everything as sea levels rise. Tell that to the people who will face increasing forest fires, floods, hurricanes, tornados and heat waves, among other things, thanks to global warming. Tell that to the species that will go extinct.
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