Propaganda and Disinformation
Fossil fuel companies have been cited as using companies like the disbanded Cambridge Analytica and their successors to influence debates.
The documentary “The Great Hack”, thegreathack.com discusses the story of Cambridge Analytica and global information warfare. As of 1/10/20 the documentary is available on Netflix. Facebook is reported to be an “information crime scene”.
For more information see;
- Targeted: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and How It Can Happen Again” Brittany Kaiser, Harper – October 2019.
and Emma Briant a propaganda researcher from Bard College is the author of her forthcoming book “Propaganda Machine: The Hidden Story of Cambridge Analytica and the Digital Influence Industry Hardcover – June 22, 2021”.
These were guests on an episode of Democracy Now! broad cast on 1/10/20. https://www.democracynow.org/shows/2020/1/10
Political Will and Persuasion.
For a discussion on claims that democracies are not equipped to solve the global warming problem when in fact more democracy is needed see:
- “Exceptional Circumstances: Does Climate Change Trump [sic] Democracy?” - Nico Stehr – Issues in Science & Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas – issues.org – Winter 2016
The current (post WWII, and particularly 1980-current period) plutocracy supported by the fossil-fuel industry got us into this mess in the first place when in the 1980’s it could have been easier to deal with, see “Losing Earth” above. It’s part of the runaway system of big money in politics that’s in an unsustainable positive feedback loop that’s doomed to fail tragically unless there is intervention. Global Warming may lead to a tragic collapse option when there’s no intervention. Failure or intervention both cause suffering – which causes the least?
- "Global Warming: Who Loses—and Who Wins?” – Gregg Easterbrook – The Atlantic – Apr 2007 and references Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Scandinavia and Russia in particular as places that might see some benefit.
But on the other hand, we know the science, we know the problem, we know the solution, we have the technology but we don’t have the political will. Because making money from business as usual is too lucrative.