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Warned of ‘massive’ climate-led extinction, a US energy firm funded crisis denial ads

In 1980, a report circulated to a division of one of the biggest coal-burning utilities in the US warned that “fossil fuel combustion” was rapidly warming the atmosphere and could cause a “massive extinction of plant and animal species” along with a “5 to 6-meter rise in sea level” across the world.

Several years later an official at the utility co-chaired a conference where scientific researchers fretted that “as we continue to exploit the vast deposits of fossil fuels” it could cause “disruptive climate changes”.

Door: Geoff Dembicki, 08-06-2022

Afbeelding: One of the climate denying ads paid for by Southern Company. Photograph: From Informed Citizens for the Environment

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