Ghanbari Oil company executives, from left,
ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson, Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson, ConocoPhillips CEO James Mulva, Shell Oil President Marvin Odum, and BP America chairman and president Lamar McKay testify on Capitol Hill in Washington.
These executives, their predecessors and successors have challenged us to define new forms of crime.
Since 1959, when Edward Teller, the inventor of the H-Bomb, addressed the 100 anniversary meeting of the oil industry, these executives, their predecssors and successors have known that the emission of carbon dioxide from the burning of their products was damaging the earth and sooner or later would result in an uninhabitable planet.
They are still doing it at a time when research, including research done by there own companies, has confirmed Teller's work and when the process of destruction has begun (see the slide show below) and where it is now clear there will be no hope of recovery from the damage done. Here are Teller's opening remarks:
"Ladies and gentlemen, I am to talk to you about energy in the future. I will start by telling you why I believe that the energy resources of the past must be supplemented. First of all, these energy resources will run short as we use more and more of the fossil fuels. [....] But I would [...] like to mention another reason why we probably have to look for additional fuel supplies. And this, strangely, is the question of contaminating the atmosphere. [....] Whenever you burn conventional fuel, you create carbon dioxide. [....] The carbon dioxide is invisible, it is transparent, you can’t smell it, it is not dangerous to health, so why should one worry about it? Carbon dioxide has a strange property. It transmits visible light but it absorbs the infrared radiation which is emitted from the earth. Its presence in the atmosphere causes a greenhouse effect [....] It has been calculated that a temperature rise corresponding to a 10 per cent increase in carbon dioxide will be sufficient to melt the icecap and submerge New York. All the coastal cities would be covered, and since a considerable percentage of the human race lives in coastal regions, I think that this chemical contamination is more serious than most people tend to believe."