Within the 1960s, scientists who labored for Basic Motors and Ford found that the exhaust from their automobiles was very doubtless altering the local weather. They made displays at conferences. They briefed senior executives. After which, they had been publicly contradicted and their work was suppressed.
We’ll speak to Maxine Joselow, the journalist who reported the story for E&E Information over many months. She talked with greater than two dozen former GM and Ford workers, retired auto trade executives, teachers and environmentalists about what the businesses knew about local weather change 5 a long time in the past.
It leaves the reader questioning: What if automakers had taken the issue extra critically a half-century in the past?
We’re nonetheless feeling the ripple results of the investigations carried out 5 years in the past exhibiting that ExxonMobil’s workers scientists had been nicely conscious a long time in the past that petroleum causes international warming. The reporting spawned public backlash and resulted in real-world authorized instances in opposition to the corporate.
Later within the present: Loads of conservative-leaning states are embracing renewables. However now 100% clear vitality mandates are spreading to redder states. The most recent is Arizona, a spot the place elected officers and an enormous utility beforehand labored to cease the march of unpolluted vitality. We’ll take a look at the shift.
And at last, we’ll focus on whether or not a Marshall Plan for fading coal communities can rebuild America’s former industrial areas.
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