The noise from oil trolls, oil bots and Big Oil astroturfing has become deafening. Their aim is to overwhelm the climate movement – and thoroughly confuse the public – by posting vast amounts of misleading information and spreading crazy conspiracy theories as well as general nonsense, in very large volumes. They are a naked attempt at pushing Big Oil’s agenda of perpetuating fossil fuels irrespective of the very high risk they pose to society’s very survival. The Angry Clean Energy on what they are; what to do about them in an environment where Big Oil’s obscene 2022 “profits” will likely power them into hysteria mode; and how this is consistent with Big Oil recently dropping any pretense about their goal of stalling – and then reversing – the energy transition.
Assaad W. Razzouk
(Video) The Troll Army of Big Oil – by Climate Town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOi05zDO4yw
(Article) How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/11/climate/fti-consulting.html
(Article) How the PR Industry Has Helped Big Oil Transform the Way We Think About the Environment: https://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/how-the-pr-industry-has-helped-big-oil-transform-the-way-we-think-about-the-environment/
(Article) US lawmakers investigate ‘deceptive’ PR tactics on behalf of oil and gas: https://www.ft.com/content/0d45351b-c27c-4934-a41c-d4817e0ef9d5
(Article) How big oil backs astroturf groups filing lawsuits to block wind energy projects: http://redgreenandblue.org/2023/02/10/big-oil-backs-astroturf-groups-filing-lawsuits-block-wind-energy-projects/
There is so much to be angry about, if you are a clean energy guy.
Every day, so many things that happen around the world make me angry when I look at them with lenses colored by the climate change chaos unfolding everywhere around us. And I am especially angry because I know we can solve the climate change crisis if we were only trying.
Each week, I will share with you a few topics that struck me and that I was very angry about – and this will generally have to do with climate change, solar or wind power, plastic pollution, environmental degradation, wildlife, the oceans and other related topics.