Cartoons Know Their Eco Shit!

by Rachel Gertz

I’d recommend keeping your eyes closed and your ears open for this one. The cartoon interaction is kind of hilarious, and the voices are robotic, but the message is clear. We’re paying for our environmental ignorance in more ways than we know.

The video covers the role of climate science denial funded by major oil companies and the lobbyists who support them, and how this back and forth is delaying our hopes of survival. It turns out that many of the scientists who are still opposed to manmade climate change are in fact the same people using the same tactics who incidentally worked for the same tobacco lobby groups that attempted to convince the public back in the 80’s that tobacco smoke wasn’t harmful either.

The bottom line which you can argue till you’re blue in the face, yet it still bobs up to the surface is this: Oil lobbying is about protecting profits, not about telling the truth. They’re for-profit institutions that get paid a LOT of money to say the things they say and it makes oil companies happy to say that they don’t contribute to our current climate crisis.

Fortunately, people are starting realize how much influence corporations have over this issue. Like the next oil spill, we have to remember that it’s not about what to do if climate change happens, it’s about what to do when it happens. Because, boys and girls, it’s happening right now and we don’t have a lot of time to dick around.

“Oil companies are extremely powerful. Make no mistake that if any industry runs world affairs, it is oil. Every aspect of our lives is dependent on oil energy. If you took away all your possessions, goods or services that were not made of oil itself or made using oil energy, you would have virtually nothing left. They are bigger than governments and have huge influence on main stream media. On a news program, a climate change sceptic may be pitted against a climate scientist and so give the impression that the issue is under debate and that there is no consensus, but actually there is a strong consensus and the sceptics are usually either lying or following a faith based religion…”

Via Desmogblog.

Resources

  • http://www.realsceptic.com/2011/09/20/the-tobacco-scepticism-template/
  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/15/climate-sceptics-pai-heartland-institute
  • http://www.skepticalscience.com/Skeptic-arguments-about-cigarette-smoke-sound-familiar.html
  • http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/15/heartland-institute-microsoft-gm-money