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Deciphering the deceptive tactics of the fossil fuel industry

Investigative journalists delve into the intricate strategies deployed by the fossil fuel industry to sow doubt and misinformation, urging the public to remain vigilant amidst mounting climate crises.

Amy Westervelt and Kyle Pope report for The Guardian.


In short:

  • Energy security narratives from the fossil fuel industry often overlook alternative sources and promote nationalistic undertones, despite documented risks of dependency on hydrocarbons.
  • The fossil fuel industry has long pushed the false dichotomy of economy versus environment, using studies to argue that environmental action is economically detrimental.
  • Through propaganda campaigns, the fossil fuel industry shifts blame onto consumers, portraying fossil fuels as essential for progress and shaming individuals for their usage.

Key quote:

"Basically it’s a propaganda campaign."

— Robert Brulle, environmental sociologist at Brown University

Why this matters:

Understanding and debunking the fossil fuel industry's deceptive tactics is important for informed decision-making regarding climate policy and personal environmental actions. Environmental science and journalism face continued obstacles from misinformation.

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