30 Apr '11, 4pm

Fossil Fuel industry gives us cause to be skeptical

The priority for people who run oil companies is to maximize profits. We know their words and actions are largely guided by a commitment to shareholders, and so we consider them in that context. Politicians, on the other hand, are supposed to represent the public interest. Supporting industry can be good for citizens, but when elected officials devote more effort to creating opportunities for industry than for the people who elect them, they lose our trust — especially when industrial growth comes at a cost to the public interest. Given the fossil fuel industry's record of misleading the public and endangering the environment, its support from political leaders should give us pause. The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago when BP' s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 people and spewing oil into the Gulf, was a wake-up call, but it already seems to be...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2011/04/...

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