The American Petroleum Institute (API), the oil industry’s most powerful trade group, first became aware of climate change as early as 1959, nearly 60 years ago.
What the group did next was astonishing. After studying the problem of climate change for another decade, API then decided to embark on a science disinformation campaign that continues to this day.
But just like with tobacco, the science on climate change is more robust than ever. Climate scientists now predict we have but a few years to radically transform our energy system and phase out use of fossil fuels. It is entirely doable. The technology is there and so is the capital. Only the fossil fuel industry, particularly the more powerful oil industry, stands in the way, as they have for half a century.
BIG OIL KNEW: Part 1
BIG OIL KNEW: Part 2
BIG OIL KNEW: Part 3
BIG OIL KNEW: Part 4
#BigOilKnew is a video series from The Years Project (YEARS), in collaboration with The Center for Public Integrity (CPI), informing the public about what the oil industry knew about the biggest challenge to face mankind and when they knew it. The series is based on ground-breaking reporting by CPI’s Jie Jenny Zou.
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