In 1962, Humble Oil and Refining Company printed an advertisement in Life Magazine that at the time seemed harmless enough. But 53 years later the advertisement carries a much different connotation.
Today fossil fuel use accounts for 57% of the American contribution to Global Greenhouse Gas emissions according to the EPA. In Canada, energy sector emissions dwarf other contributors at 70%, largely due to a precedence put on oil-sands expansion.
As Obama put it in a visit to Anchorage, Alaska earlier this month, “We know that human activity is changing the climate. We know that human ingenuity can do something about it. We’re even starting to see that we might actually have the political will to succeed. So the time to heed the critics and cynics is past. The time to plead ignorance is surely past. The deniers are increasingly alone, on their own shrinking island.”