Why Big Oil loves to talk about your carbon footprint

Neha Sharma
Neha Sharma
16 Feb 2022

Everybody keeps telling us to cut our carbon footprints. So how guilty should I feel about my personal emissions? And what's Big Oil got to do with it?

We're destroying our environment at an alarming rate. But it doesn't need to be this way. Our new channel Planet A explores the shift towards an eco-friendly world — and challenges our ideas about what dealing with climate change means. We look at the big and the small: What we can do and how the system needs to change. Every Friday we'll take a truly global look at how to get us out of this mess.

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Similarities between ExxonMobil's climate communications and tobacco industry PR:
https://www.cell.com/one-earth..../fulltext/S2590-3322 and https://www.europarl.europa.eu..../cmsdata/162144/Pres

The fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions linked to each fossil fuel company (excluding emissions from things like deforestation or methane from cow burps): https://www.sciencedirect.com/....science/article/pii/

How citizens of 30 countries feel about climate action: https://www.edf.fr/sites/defau....lt/files/contrib/gro

A pathway to hit net-zero emissions by 2050 from the International Energy Agency:

How the richest 10% of humanity were responsible for 52% of the emissions between 1990 and 2015: https://oxfamilibrary.openrepo....sitory.com/bitstream

00:00-01:10 Intro
01:10-03:23 History of carbon footprints
03:23-05:56 Plastics, tobacco, and PR
05:56-09:15 Fossil fuel companies
09:15-12:46 Does individual action matter?

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