- April 02, 2020
What BIG OIL knew about climate change since the 1950s…
Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about big oil and climate change! This video is the true story of what the oil industry knew about climate change and what they did about it between the 1950s and today.
This video was created in collaboration with Dr. Benjamin Franta, a researcher at Stanford University investigating the history of fossil fuel producers and climate science. Several of his articles were used as references for this video:
- The Guardian, On its 100th birthday in 1959, Edward Teller warned the oil industry about global warming, 2018
- Early oil industry knowledge of CO2 and global warming, 2018
- The Guardian, Shell and Exxon’s secret 1980s climate change warnings, 2018
Credits & other resources:
- Exxon’s Oil Industry Peers Knew About Climate Dangers in the 1970s, Too (by Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News)
- Shell foresaw climate dangers in 1988 and understood Big Oil’s big role (by Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney, Washington Post
- Board room photo (thumbnail and video) by Drew Beamer on Unsplash
- Music and sound effects from Epidemic Sound, Youtube Audio library and Freesound.
- Edward Teller photo by w:User:Greg L, Papa Lima Whiskey – EdwardTeller1958.jpg, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10812046
- Power plant photo by Aditya Joshi on Unsplash
- Highway photo by Alexander Popov on Unsplash
- Flood photo by Chris Gallagher on Unsplash
- Tornado photo by Nikolas Noonan on Unsplash
- Large Low Boom sound effect by duckduckpony on Freesound.