The fossil fuel industry has perpetrated a multi-decade, multibillion-dollar disinformation, propaganda, and lobbying campaign to delay climate action by confusing the public and policymakers about the climate crisis and its solutions. This has involved a remarkable array of advertisements––with headlines ranging from “Lies they tell our children” to “Oil pumps life”––seeking to convince the public that the climate crisis is not real, not human-made, not serious and not solvable. The campaign continues to this day.
Most of us have heard or read them. Sadly, they influenced many of us.