Congressman highlights a report proving that oil companies are investing largely in the continuation of fossil fuels which could doom climate efforts.
Oil Companies: Sham Artists
Have you heard the term ‘Beyond Petroleum’ recently? It is BP’s (British Petroleum) idea to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling that they are moving to clean energy. It is a thing that corporations do to mislead. Who can forget the Altria ad? Altria is the former tobacco company Philip Morris. Their recent ad said the following.
“Altria is moving in a new direction. From being known as a tobacco company to being recognized as a tobacco harm reduction company. Moving beyond smoking.”
In other words, they charged you to make you sick. And then they charge you to heal you. Well, the oil companies are no different with their misinformation. They pollute our air and water. As they do that, they want you to believe they are going green.
Lucas Thompson reported the following in his article “Oil companies ‘could doom global efforts’ around climate change, House committee finds” that everyone must read.
Major oil and gas companies have little intention of taking concrete actions to transition away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy solutions despite their public efforts to be seen as working to address climate change, according to a report released Friday by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee. The committee said it found Shell, Chevron, BP and the American Petroleum Institute all made major investments in projects that would “protect and entrench the use of fossil fuels, long past the timeline scientists say would be safe to prevent catastrophic climate change” despite making climate pledges.
“They’re basically saying, ‘we’re going to increase production, we’re going to increase emissions, but we’re also going to be able to claim being this clean tech company, this green company, because we can take some symbolic actions that make it look like we’re in the climate fight,’” said Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., a member of the committee. “The cynicism was breathtaking, and unfortunately, it was quite successful,” he said, “It’s been a successful PR strategy.”
We have got to open our eyes to corporate trickery and misinformation. And we must be deliberate and ethical as we fight their misdeeds to prevent them from silencing us with false RICO complaints.