If you have a hard time believing that climate change is real, you are not alone. The fossil fuel industry has misled the American public about the reality of climate change. We have been denied the right to be informed about the risks of carbon use. Tactics the industry has used for decades came directly from the tobacco industry’s playbook. The gas and oil industry has kept the public in the dark about the truth and lowered support for climate action. Exxon Mobil is now on trial in New York state for deliberately misleading the public, as evidence will show that the industry knew the climate science decades ago. Evidence, such as internal documents and newspaper ads, show that they used strategies to create doubt about climate science and to mislead their investors and the public.
Since the late 1980s and 90s, a consensus among thousands of independent scientists all around the globe has grown to bring strong knowledge that burning fossil fuels causes global warming, just as we now know that smoking tobacco causes cancer.
Yet, there is hope. Search on the internet for “America Misled” to find more information. Go to citizensclimatelobby.org to learn how to advocate and learn about a bill in Congress, HF 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Read Climate of Hope by Bloomberg and Pope.