We talk all the time in this space about how ridiculous groups like the American Petroleum Institute are. As the oil industry's trade association, API spends millions on slick TV ads like these telling us that clean energy and climate legislation is bad and oil is all hugs and sunshine.
Whenever we see these ads, we can't help but wonder how absurd they'll look to people 50 years from now. Now, thanks to a great YouTube find, we know EXACTLY how absurd they'll look.
They'll look just as absurd as "Progress Parade: Oil," a 1960 American Petroleum Institute infomercial about how happy and healthy Gulf Coast oysters are when they're submerged in vats of oil-polluted water:
Look! They even made little baby oysters! Isn't oil great? In fact, according to what API would have us believe about how a noxious, slimy black substance interacts with organic life, Gulf Coast fishermen should be out there RIGHT NOW bringing oil-covered seafood to dinner tables everywhere! YUM.