AmericaSpeaks TheVoiceOfJoyce Remember, Fossil Fuel Corporations said, if their harm exceeded their good, that would be a reason to stop drilling for more “dirty” fuels. Harm from Fossil Fuels has exceeded their benefits. Why are we,in America, subsidizing this fuel at a $Trillion a year? Take away the subsidies, make Fossil fuel Corporations responsible for environmental clean up and the building of clean energy power plants and new infrastructure. One Earth has put a total on “Fossil Fuel Clean up”, it’s $209 Billion annually to poorer nations in need of resources. It’s time for Fossil Fuels and other polluters to pay their debt to society!

The world’s top fossil fuel companies owe at least $209bn in annual climate reparations to compensate communities most damaged by their polluting business and decades of lies, a new study calculates.

BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Total, Saudi Arabia’s state oil company and Chevron are among the largest 21 polluters responsible for $5.4tn (£4.3tn) in drought, wildfires, sea level rise, and melting glaciers among other climate catastrophes expected between 2025 and 2050, according to groundbreaking analysis published in the journal One Earth.

It is the first time researchers have quantified the economic burden caused by individual companies that have extracted – and continue to extract – wealth from planetheating fossil fuels.

Amid growing debate about who should bear the economic cost of the climate crisis, the paper, titled Time to Pay the Piper, presents a moral case for the carbon corporations most responsible for the climate breakdown to use some of their “tainted wealth” to compensate victims.

The study considers this to be a substantial yet conservative price tag, as the methodology excludes the economic value of lost lives and livelihoods, species extinction and other biodiversity loss, as well as other wellbeing components not captured in GDP.

“This is only the tip of the iceberg of long-term climate damages, mitigation, and adaptation costs,” said co-author Richard Heede, co-founder and director of Climate Accountability Institute.

The study builds on the carbon majors database, which records the emissions of individual oil, gas and coal companies since 1988 – the year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established and industry claims of scientific uncertainty about the climate crisis became untenable.

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