15 Jan Fossil Fuels are the New Tobacco, Health Experts Say
Thirty years ago, we witnessed a massive divestment from the tobacco industry, spurred largely by health professionals who claimed that such investments threatened their Hippocratic Oath.
Today, the public health threat of climate change is even more significant than that of tobacco. Yet fossil fuel companies – just like their tobacco counterparts – continue to “fund the subversion of scientific research into climate change and legislation directed at its mitigation.”
SUSPICIOUS ANTI-CLIMATE SCIENCE CAMPAIGN
The tobacco industry’s tactics to cast doubt on health science are now being applied to climate science. In 2006, a US District Court Judge ruled that the tobacco industry maximized “industry profits by preserving and expanding the market for cigarettes through a scheme to deceive the public.”
Similarly, there is evidence that, as long as 40 years ago, ExxonMobil’s own research correctly identified the signs of human-caused climate change. In 2015 The Guardian reported that Exxon gave $30M to groups promoting disinformation about global warming, and another $2.3M to Congress members and corporate lobbying groups who were denying and blocking climate change efforts. All this despite Exxon’s pledge to end the funding of climate change denial in 2007.