The environmental community neglected climate change early on, then failed to confront the fossil fuel industry’s assault on truth and science. What lessons can environmentalists learn from these failures in confronting major issues today?
While citizens failed to push for renewable energy decades ago, we can rectify that failure by fighting hard for clean energy today. Only by uniting as a powerful political force – instead of passive consumers – and working for the greater good will we bring about major energy transformation.
Exxon was nearly a leader in alternative energy, but then in the 1980s began funding public misinformation campaigns to prevent taking action on climate change. What could have compelled the company to forsake a constructive path to take the severely destructive course they are now on?