“If you see a turtle on a fence post, it didn’t get there by itself. If you see climate skeptics taking over a major political party only in the United States, that didn’t happen by itself either.”
That’s the message in this video by Al Gore. The fossil fuel industry has paid a lot of money, like the tobacco industry before them, to delay progress.
So, if all that money was spent for Greenpeace and 350.org ads instead, would that have changed the political landscape?
If it is true that the fossil fuel industry has a financial interest in strong climate legislation, as is one of the central ideas of this blog, that would change the pace of change radically.
For the tobacco industry, delaying the response made sense. For the fossil fuel industry, not so much.
They just haven’t realized that yet.