Names and Locations of the Top 100 People Killing the Planet

The Decolonial Atlas

Names and Locations Names and Location of the Top 100 People Killing the Planet, 2019 – by Jordan Engel

“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.” – Utah Phillips

Just 100 companies are responsible for more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988. The guys who run those companies – and they are mostly guys – have gotten rich on the backs of literally all life on Earth. Their business model relies on the destruction of the only home humanity has ever known. Meanwhile, we misdirect our outrage at our neighbors, friends, and family for using plastic straws or not recycling. If there is anyone who deserves the outrage of all 7.5 billion of us, it’s these 100 people right here. Combined, they control the majority of the world’s mineral rights – the “right” to exploit the remaining…

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  1. This is misquoting from the linked source; the Carbon Majors. Both numbers (100 and 70) are wrong.

    Carbon Majors report says: “100 producers account for 71% of global industrial GHG emissions.”

    Industry amounts for 19% of all emissions. So we’re really talking about 71% of 19% which is 13.5% of global GHG emissions – way less than the claimed 70%.

    With “producers”, they mean “corporate and state producing entities”. For example, #1: China (Coal) and #8: Russia (Coal). They say “China and Russia are treated as single producers, though they have come to comprise a reasonable number of constituent companies”.

    So it seems that both numbers (71 and 100) are not what the reader would suspect. 71 is actually 13.5, and 100 is actually bigger.

    Nothing about that changes anything about the fact that global warming is driven by greenhouse gas emission, which to the most part comes from fossil fuels – but we have to get our facts straight.


    • The 71% explicitly refers to industrial emissions, the 70% would appear to be a slip. As I understand it, and I’m not a climatologist by trade, significant emissions also come from intensive agriculture and from the warming effect of earlier emissions.

      One thing is for sure though, these aren’t problems capitalism can solve. Having wreaked such havoc, the oldest and most advanced economies still can’t even feed and house their own people. So long as the only criterion of value is the augmentation of an abstract quantity, ‘capital’ by fair means or foul, human history is coming to an abrupt end.

      As if that weren’t enough, there are others who postulate the annihilation of half the human race in defence of their alleged moral superiority, and others who would risk a nuclear holocaust rather than miss out on the joys of wage labour.

      We must destroy the capitalist death machine before it kill us all.

      Mal C


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