Big Oil might have reached its tipping point last week when three major oil companies — ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and Chevron — were rebuked by shareholders and the courts for not aligning their strategies with the threat of climate change.
“It’ll start getting cooler, you just watch,” he said, in response to a question from the state’s natural resources secretary. When challenged on this statement, Trump retorted, “I don’t think science knows, actually.”
At a campaign event in Pittsburgh on Monday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden once again attempted to clarify his stance on the use of fracking to extract natural gas. “I am not banning fracking,” he said. “Let me say that again: I am not banning fracking.”
When COP24 comes to an end next week, the icon of the climate talks may not be coal, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or even the ever-present risk of total climate catastrophe. Rather, its symbol could end up being a 15-year-old with long blond pigtails.