Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Another Day, Another (Ad) Dollar... Climate Bill Smears Look A Lot Like Big Tobacco Smears

Our friends at Treehugger quoted Energy Secretary Steven Chu yesterday making a great point that's worth repeating: the phony paid media campaign from Big Oil and its lobbyists is coming straight from the playbook that helped delay anti-smoking legislation for decades. For example, check out this side-by-side of an American Petroleum Institute ad attacking clean energy and climate legislation, and a great throwback ad about the supposed love for Camel cigarettes among medical doctors.

Any bets on how absurd the API ad will look in about a decade, when we've passed a clean energy and climate bill and the clean energy economy is booming?

Here's what Secretary Chu had to say:
Americans were believing because of sound bites, and now they're disbelieving because of sound bites. One can honestly say that if we don't do this, we will not be economically competitive. Ten and 20 years from now, the price of oil will likely be higher -- this is not a stretch of the imagination. The debate for whether smoking causes lung cancer and emphysema was actually in the first decade among scientists, but they muddied the waters for 2½ more decades. Climate change, on a global scale, is a much bigger deal, and people are trying to muddy the waters, particularly people who think they might lose. Unfortunately, it's easier to propagate fear than seeing a vision of prosperity.
We couldn't agree more. Thanks again to Treehugger for this great material.

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