You might have seen the ad below, called “Exxon Hates Your Children,” circulated this week.
“We all know the climate crisis will rip world apart, but we don’t care, because it’ll make us Rich,” says the fake Exxon executive.
Two groups, Oil Change International and The Other 98%, rolled out the campaign this week and are trying to raise money in order to put the ad on television. It’s gotten a lot of attention in the last two days, including from Exxon, which called the ad “offensive.” So far, the campaign has raised more than $10,000.
The ad has two objectives. One is to draw attention to tax subsidies that go to profitable oil companies and try to influence the current fiscal debate. The other, which is an evolving part of a newish campaign, is to marginalize fossil fuel companies and strip their “social license.” Activists concerned about The Environment have always demonized Coal, oil, and Gas companies in varying ways. …