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Is climate change real?
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Oil companies have known for many years climate change is real

In the 1960s and 70s oil company scientists understood that climate change was real, and the companies worked to hide and obscure this information from the public.

The Argument

Oil companies were aware of the harm fossil fuels could cause to the environment. In 1977, after sending scientists to conduct tests, Exxon acknowledged that fossil fuels did in fact negatively affect global temperature.[1] Yet, they continued to produce fossil fuels. Oil companies should decrease their production.

Counter arguments

Decreasing the sale of oil would affect the economy. Without oil, cars would not be a means of ready transportation, leaving many people stranded from job opportunities outside of their neighborhood or city.[2]



[P1] Oil companies were aware of the effects of fossil fuels on the environment. [P2] Oil companies should cut down on production.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] If oil companies cut down on production, it will affect people’s livelihood and hurt their chances of getting good jobs.


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