12. Fossil Fuel Industry Should be Charged Crime for Lying to the Public and Government About Growing Threat to Humankind of Global Warming


Revenues from coal, oil (oil from tar sands – above photo, or from wells) and natural gas sales have made millionaires a dime a dozen. But they know full well that they are selling a product to the public that is already ravaging our planet. Below is evidence that not only are they pulling the wool over the public’s eyes, they have also been trying to do the same to our state legislators.


This is criminal, just like when the tobacco industry argued cigarettes weren’t harmful to anyone’s health even though they had studies that showed otherwise. The only difference this time is that the adverse effects from burning the fuels occur to essentially every living thing on the planet, plus to all those yet to be born. For example, the accumulations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2), which is the most abundant of the trace greenhouse gases in the atmosphere (aside from water vapor) has already reached a concentration level of 400 part per million (ppm) CO2 in the atmosphere. CO2 had not reached that high of level level iyn over three million years prior to today, a time when the ocean level was 60-80 feet higher on the shore than it is today a time that humans had not yet existed on Earth. The fossil industry are also aware that burning their product results in an increasing number of additional trace greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to a warmer, more volatile, planet.

So far the warming and catastrophic effects has not hit everyone equally on the planet. Living on the earth will, without a doubt, become a more dangerous and inhospitable place to live in the future.The faster our collective reduction in fossil and other fuel burning is, and the less the threat of rapid global warming will be.

By the way, just because we have had a spring so far that has been cooler than last year’s record warm sring in Wisconsin, it doesn’t mean it has also been cool in other spots around the planet. While Mother Nature was still giving the United States the cold shoulder during March, many other areas across the world experienced higher-than-average monthly temperatures according to the latest statistics from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center. The average global temperature for March 2013 tied with 2006 as the 10th warmest March since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 37th consecutive March and 337th consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average March temperature was March 1976, and the last below-average temperature for any month was February 1985.

About Mike Neuman

Identical twin; Long-time advocate of protection of our environment; Married; Father to three sons; Grandfather to one granddaughter; Born and raised in Wisconsin; Graduate of University of Wisconsin; post graduate degrees in agricultural economics and Water Resources Management fro UWMadison; Former School Crossing Guard for City of Madison; Bike to Work for 31 years with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Retired from DNR in 2007; Biked to school crossing guard site 2 X daily for 7 years retiring in 2019; in addition to being an advocate of safeguarding our environment, I am also an advocate for humane treatment of animal, children, and people in need of financial resource for humane living. I am presently a Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, Madison, Wisconsin. I oppose all long (>500 miles) distance travel (via fossil fuel burning) for nonessential purposes and all ownership of more than one home. I am opposed to militarism in any form particularly for the purpose of monetary gain. I am a Strong believer in people everywhere having the right to speak their minds openly, without any fear of reprisal, regarding any concerns; especially against those in authority who are not acting for the public good?in a timely fashion and in all countries of the world not just the U S.. My identical twin, Pat, died in June 2009. He was fired from his job with the National Weather Service despite having a long and successful career as a flood forecaster with the Kansas City National Weather Service. He took a new position in the Midwest Regional Office in Minneapolis. Unfortunately, Pat’s work for the NWS went sour after he began to see the evidence for concern about rising global temperatures shortly after relocating to Minneapolis, and how they appeared to effect of flooding on the Red River that flows out of Canada before entering the U.S. in North Dakota. . Pat and I conversed on a regular basis with other scientists on the Yahoo Group named “Climate Concern “ and by personal email. The NWS denied his recommendation to give his public presentation o n his research at the “Minneapolis Mall of America” in February 2000, which deeply affected h,im. I will h He strongly believed the information ought be shared with the public to which I concurred. That was the beginning of the vendetta against my brother, Patrick J. Neuman, for speaking strongly of the obligations the federal government was responsible for accurately informing the citizenry. A way great similar response to my raising the issue of too many greenhouse gases being emitted by drivers of vehicles on Wisconsin highway system, my immediate supervisors directed: “that neither global warming, climate change nor the long term impacts upon the natural resources of Wisconsin from expansion of the state highway system were to be any part of my job requirements, and that I must not communicate, nor in a memorandum to all the bureau, shall any person who works in the same bureau I do communicate with me, neither verbally on the phone, by email.

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