The Campaign Against the Climate

In 1988 the world was prepared to act against climate change. George H. W. Bush talked about how ”the White House Effect would handle the Green House Effect”. But then something stalled the action which led to the alarming climate situation we are all facing today.

The Campaign Against the Climate

The Campaign Against the Climate

The world’s biggest oil companies were among the first to discover global warming. But instead of acting on it, they launched a gigantic campaign that for 30 years has derailed the fight against climate change. Since 1988 the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere have doubled, and one of the reasons for this was the work lead by a little group of people from the oil industry.

This investigation will unravel what was done and who was behind it. We show how the oil industry was leading a campaign over a decade that successfully manipulated the public perception on climate change. How they fired their internal scientists and instead hired the very same people that had successfully helped the tobacco industry to saw doubt about the dangers of smoking.

Today, the very same oil companies marked themselves as green frontrunners while doing the opposite – around 97% of the investments made in new energy goes to extracting more fossil fuels, continuing to stoke the global warming.

Director Mads Ellesøe
Produced by DR in collaboration with Nordvision, RTS, VRT and VPRO
Duration 52 min.
Release 2020
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