Kingpins of denial

Barry White

Big Oil versus the World is the story of what the fossil fuel industry knew about climate change more than four decades ago but did their best to stop letting us know. In the first TV documentary shown (subtitled Denial) on BBC 2 at 9.00pm on 21 July, scientists who worked for the biggest oil company in the world, Exxon, reveal the warnings they sounded in the 1970s and early 1980s about how fossil fuels would cause climate change – with the catastrophic effects we are now experiencing. In summary it reveals the lies oil lobbyist told to undercut democracy, to delaying and even stopping action against global warming. Just watch the early warnings given in the late 1980s and then see how the oil industry and their lobbyists fought back, supported by odious ‘specialists in denial’ and funded by a coalition (The Global Climate Coalition) including the oil companies!

Drawing on evidence the documentary shows how the oil industry went stept up thier campaign to sow doubt about the science of climate change, the consequences of which we are living through today. This year is set to be a year of unprecedented climate chaos across the planet. As the world’s leading climate scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issue new warnings about climate change and the soaring cost of fuel highlights the world’s ongoing dependence on fossil fuels, this series details exactly how we got here and how this was done.

To quote Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel “Well here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!”

You can view the film at:

Two further parts of Series 1 ‘Doubt’ and ‘Delay’ can also be viewed on the BBC iPlayer.

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