Thanks, Mr. Mulligan, for your Oct. 6 column, “I do know when my feet are wet.” For those of us who live on the river, it’s pretty obvious what is happening. I am reminded of an old Marx Brothers routine where Chico says, “What are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”
The Rockefeller Foundation released a report about five years ago that said, among other things, that Exxon alone spends upwards of $500 million a year to influence media. It should be pretty clear that denying climate change would be high on their agenda. Something like 160 countries signed the Paris Climate Accord. Are they all a bunch of dummies? I don’t think so. I have relatives in Europe and they are some very savvy people.
Influencing, by the way, is a multibillion dollar industry now. Say Ms. X has a blog with 75,000 followers. Corporation Y will approach her and offer a sum of money to support their point of view.
All of which is to say we must all be very skeptical of any media or personality who offers opinions and claims to have all the answers.
There is media out there that is not owned by any corporation. It’s not hard to find.
Issues like soda straws and light bulbs are a drop in the bucket and are just diversions from the fact the just three industries produce 70% of the CO2 put into the amosphere each year.
Stephen Hawking in a series called “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places” says, at one point, “The way the human race is going, we would be lucky to make it another 1,000 years.” I hope he’s wrong and we don’t keep fiddling while Rome burns.