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Re: Fossil Fuel Propaganda Modus Operandi
« Reply #195 on: May 10, 2018, 02:21:56 pm »
Union of Concerned Scientists

May 10, 2018

This Just In

Scientists React

Over the years, fossil fuel companies have poured their resources into lobbying politicians, attacking scientists, funding biased studies…and producing deceptive ad campaigns. These slick advertisements are piped into our living rooms to convince us that only fossil fuels can support our way of life, that oil is clean, and that it’s solely individuals like us and our lifestyles, not these companies and their well-funded efforts to block sensible policies, who are responsible for climate change. We asked UCS scientists Dr. Astrid Caldas and Dr. Gretchen Goldman to react to some recent oil industry advertisements—watch their reactions.

Who is ExxonMobil? 🦖 ExxonMobil is one of the largest producers of oil and gas. They also have the distinction of being one of the major players in efforts to fund and implement campaigns to deceive the public about climate change.

Let’s break down some of the claims in Exxon’s Energy Lives Here advertisement

“If we could see energy, what would we see?” ExxonMobil asks.
Great question! If the energy comes from fossil fuels—oil, coal, and natural gas—we would see air pollution harming our health, extreme heat, drought, sea-level rise, and other climate impacts caused by carbon pollution, and we would see the disproportionate impacts on communities of color, low-income communities, and tribal communities.

Let’s talk jobs.

The ad heralds jobs in the fossil fuel industry, when in fact more than 500,000 people work in solar, wind, hydro, bioenergy, and geothermal energy. The energy efficiency sector alone employs more than two million people—double the number of people directly employed in the oil, coal, and gas industries in 2016, according to the Department of Energy.

“Using energy responsibly has never been more important,” ExxonMobil states with earnest concern.
We couldn’t agree more. Yet ExxonMobil borrows tactics from the playbook of the tobacco industry—hardly a model of corporate responsibility. ExxonMobil’s own scientists warned about the risks of burning oil and gas in the late 1970s. Management chose to ignore those warnings and continued pursuing fossil fuel extraction unabated, while spreading climate science disinformation and downplaying the risks of fossil fuels. To this day, they still mislead the public about the harm of their product.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12


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