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Analysis And Comment Contraction and convergence

Healthy response to climate change

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7554.1385 (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1385

A new "disease of affluence" descibed.

In 'healthy response to climate change' [1], Stott notes a key
economic factor: 'the demand for fossil fuel will soon exceed the supply'.
With very rare exceptions, everyone I know shares this view (although
there is modest disagreement about how soon 'soon' will be). This week an
exemplary case study was published of those rare exceptions, afflicted
with a specific visual disability that prevents them seeing this side of
the evidence. The multinational company ExxonMobil simply rejects the
view that 'we will soon reach a point when oil production starts going
downhill', concluding 'peak production is nowhere in sight'. [2] The same
company magazine reports a Net Income in the First Quarter of 2006 = $
8,400,000,000. [3] This could represent the emergence of a new disease of
affluence, Deliberate Oculoavaricious Hemianopia (or "Doh!").

1 Stott R. Healthy response to climate change. BMJ 2006; 332: 1385-
1387.

2 Viewpoint. Peak oil? Contrary to the theory, oil production shows
no sign of a peak. The Lamp 2006; 88 (1): 7. (published by Exxon Mobil
Corporation in Irving, Texas)

3 ExxonMobil quarterly financial summary. The Lamp 2006; 88 (1): 34.
(see 2, above)

Competing interests:
Voted for the (lost) environmental causes at the annual ExxonMobil shareholders' meeting.

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 June 2006
Woody Caan
Professor of public health
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ, UK.