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Bizarre campaign labels oil as safe energy source of the future

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has just launched an eight figure ad campaign called ”Lights on Energy”. The campaign aims to ensure that oil and gas companies are allowed to burn and extract more oil and fossil gas for decades to come (but forgets to mention that this which would slow down the green transition and make it impossible for the world to limit global warming to a manageable level). So, how do you sell such destructiveness to policy-makers and voters? Easy. You label the problem as a solution.
Not only does the campaign claim that ”oil and natural gas are vital to our energy future.” It also argues that NOT investing heavily in fossil energy – the major cause of the climate crisis – will ”put America's future at risk”. (Most scientists would argue it's the other way around.)
But hang on, it gets even weirder: Contrary to all science, the campaign finally argues that U.S. fossil gas and oil ”can play a key role in supplying the world with cleaner energy.”
The whole campaign is based on the false assumption that oil and fossil gas are needed to meet the world's growing energy needs. Well, guess what? It’s not. Despite the horrendous billion-dollar subsidies paid out to the oil, coal, and gas companies, renewables are now the cheapest form of energy in most parts of the world, even in the US. And the costs of installing new wind and solar plants keep dropping. This, of course, is the reason why the fossil fuel industry is spending so much on this utterly bizarre campaign. It is an industry in a state of panic. At COP28 in Dubai, all 200 nations signed an agreement that the world needs to transition away from all fossil fuels. More and more companies, investors, industry sectors and even governments are turning their back on oil, coal and gas. Add to that the cost of premature deaths and health problems related to the burning of fossil fuels, and you have more arguments than you need to swiftly leave the era of fossil fuels behind ASAP. The American Petroleum Institute is short-sighted, greedy, and disconnected from science and reality. It deserves nothing but a BIG Climate Warning!
Embedded in this image is part of the campaign text. Photo by Robin Sommer on Unsplash
Embedded in this image is part of the campaign text. Photo by Robin Sommer on Unsplash

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  • Thomas Tienso

    12 w

    Insanity in a campaign format. How deep in the sand are they willing to go for even more money than they already have? This is awful.

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    • Sarah Chabane

      12 w

      This is both hilarious and very despairing

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      • peter jørgensen

        13 w

        This campaign is insane, immoral and dangerous. API should stop this and similar lobbying against climate goals. API members that claim to work towards net zero such as bureau veritas, lafarge holcim, mitsubishi, rockwool, siemens, bp, shell and many others should demand they stop or leave the organisation.

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        • George Kariuki

          13 w

          The campaign overlooks the significant health and environmental impacts associated with burning fossil fuels.

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          • Andrew Middleton

            13 w

            repeating a lie often enough gives people the feeling that it is true, so we must call out the lie. There are laws in the US against false advertising; perhaps a clever lawyer could figure out how to sue them

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            • Ingmar Rentzhog

              13 w

              The American Petroleum Institute is similar to the gun lobby that sells more weapons after a school shooting in order to prevent it.

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              • Johannes Luiga

                13 w

                Very strange indeed

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                • We Don't Have Time

                  13 w

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                  • Elizabeth Gathigia

                    13 w

                    This is insane! We are here fighting to end fossil fuel, yet someone out there is pulling our efforts down? 😣, this not right at all

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                    • walter lungayi

                      13 w

                      Its is shame to see someone saying oil is safe. It is important to consider the environmental impact and explore alternative renewable energy sources.

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                      • johnte ndeto

                        13 w

                        Allowing oil and gas companies to burn and extract more oil and fossil gases is quite unthoughtful of America and this has a negative impact on climate

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                        • Rashid Kamau

                          13 w

                          The shift to green energy isn't just an environmental imperative,it's an economic opportunity that should be the key course to all. We must PHASE-OUT fossil fuels for good.

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                          • Simon Bergbom

                            13 w

                            Talk about Climate Villains....

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                            • Esther Wanjiku

                              13 w

                              This is an insane campaign

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                              • Princess

                                13 w

                                Such misinformation undermines genuine efforts to transition toward truly sustainable and clean energy alternatives.

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                                • Princess

                                  13 w

                                  Such misinformation undermines genuine efforts to transition toward truly sustainable and clean energy alternatives.

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                                  • Tabitha Kimani

                                    13 w

                                    sometimes one is left speechless. Why are we out to ruin our environment and for generations to come.

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                                    • Gorffly mokua

                                      13 w

                                      This is a regressive step that undermines the efforts to address the climate crisis. ⚠

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                                      • dickson mutai

                                        13 w

                                        Cant we just embrace a genuine shift towards sustainable energy?

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                                        • Gorffly mokua

                                          13 w

                                          @dickson_mutai It wont be easy! This will forever derail us from achieving our goals!

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                                          • Jane Wangui

                                            13 w

                                            @dickson_mutai It seems like we are going round and round in a merry go round.We find ourselves back to where we started but we can fight this.

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                                          • Joseph Githinji

                                            13 w

                                            This sounds so irresponsible, it is sad for policy makers to push oil and gas at this time and age by giving people misinformation. This must be stopped.

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                                            • Gorffly mokua

                                              13 w

                                              @joseph_githinji Climate actors in work!!

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