5 Despicable Global Warming Deniers
If you believe the 2011 documentary titled The Crisis of Civilization, then climate change has to be acknowledged as one of the greatest threats to life on Earth. Even if you’ve never seen the Dean Puckett-directed project, there are countless pages of data and scientific testimony to back up claims that rampant fossil fuel usage has resulted in rising sea levels, increased flooding, droughts, and all manner of other calamities.
Despite overwhelming agreement from the scientific community, however, there are still those who staunchly deny the idea that the planet is getting hotter. These men and women not only stand in the way of enlightened progress, but they also threaten the very species that they claim to be a part of.
Why would someone take such a destructive position? In many cases, the answer comes down to money, while others deny climate change in conjunction with their religious beliefs. No matter what the reason, though, these small-minded individuals deserve to have a shameful spotlight pointed in their direction.
James Inhofe – A longtime Oklahoma politician, Inhofe also serves as the chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. He’s long been the leading dissenting voice among Republicans when it comes to climate change, often using the word “hoax” in his arguments. Coincidentally, he’s accepted over $17,500 in campaign donations from Exxon since 2011. If you need to know more about the man, consider his 2002 Senate speech where he suggested that America’s failure to properly defend Israel had resulted in divine retribution in the form of the 9/11 attacks.
Frederick Seitz – When he passed away in 2008, I suspect this award-winning scientist was given a special place in the underworld. That’s because as a consultant for R.J. Reynolds and founder of the George C. Marshall Institute, he managed to mislead the public about the negative effects of both tobacco and climate change. To make matters worse, Seitz was also a proponent of the Vietnam War and an increased U.S. nuclear stockpile.
Willie Soon – A solar physicist and employee at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Soon is the rare scientist who argues the current understanding of climate change and attributes the phenomenon to solar variation. While publishing multiple papers on the subject, he somehow forgot to mention that his research was largely funded by fossil-fuel interests to the tune of more than $1.2 million.
Rex Tillerson – It should come as no surprise that the CEO of ExxonMobil makes the list, as the corporate giant has been one of the leading poisoners of the planet for decades. During Tillerson’s reign, the company has donated millions to climate change deniers and bluntly stated that natural gas and petroleum products would remain their primary source of revenue. In 2014, he and his cronies even had the gall to release a report predicting lower greenhouse emissions due to increased energy access and a rising global population. In 2012, he pocketed at least $40.3 million for his fine work.
Michael Crichton – The late author, director, physician, and screenwriter sold over 200 million books worldwide (including Jurassic Park). Among them was 2004’s State of Fear, a techno-thriller that backed up the author’s beliefs that global warming was a myth. He presented copious data to support his claims, which no doubt helped lull millions of casual readers into a false sense of security.
Global warming deniers often do so for selfish reasons, even if they’re somehow able to convince themselves otherwise. The people included in this article are among the most despicable, as each is in a position to greatly influence the opinions of others. For whatever reason, though, they remain steadfast in their ignorant beliefs that everything is peachy on planet Earth. If there’s any justice, future generations may look back on these individuals as some of the greatest villains of the 21st century.