Oil companies. Doncha just love them? And they spend a lot of time trying to shape the public debate, shape the public mind. BP isn’t doing arts sponsorship because they’re a charity you know. Shell have been brilliant at their advertising for decades (see this post and this post).
Esso (aka Exxon) have some new “journeys that matter” campaign, that tries to make us nostalgic for the 1970s. So on my way home to be under the cat, I did a little light bite-back.
Exxon were one of the founders of the Global Climate Coalition, which successfully slowed and basically scuppered international co-operation on climate change/emissions reductions, in the crucial 1989-2000 period. They funded so many denialist groups that even the Royal Society (not exactly pitch-fork wielders) politely asked them to knock it off.
“Hey Esso. One journey that would have mattered was the journey to decarbonisation. But thanks to the actions Exxon took in the 1980s and 1990s in opposition to climate action, you and your sock-puppet denialist chums have made sure we are locked into a high-carbon emitting energy system. So now the only journey for this species it to hell in a handcart. Thank you so much.”