The Hidden Truths the Fossil Fuel Industry Hides | Al Gore | TED

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TLDR The fossil fuel industry is actively hindering progress on climate change, deceiving the public about reducing emissions and investing in renewable energy, and governments must address the financial system and remove subsidies for fossil fuels in order to achieve true net-zero and stop global temperature increase.

Key insights

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    The question is not whether we will solve the climate crisis, but whether we will solve it in time.
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    The frequency of extreme weather events, such as flooding in Montpelier, Vermont, southern Japan, and India, is a daily occurrence, highlighting the urgent need for action on climate change.
  • 🛢️
    The fossil fuel industry has been using fraud, falsehoods, and political influence to slow down progress in addressing the climate crisis.
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    The climate crisis is a fossil fuel crisis, and the solutions require a discussion and collaboration about phasing out fossil fuels.
  • 🤥
    The fossil fuel industry, such as ExxonMobil, has been misleading the public with false claims and advertisements about their commitment to biofuels while spending more on ads than actual research and development.
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    ️ Instead of investing in carbon capture, it would make more sense to use solar and wind energy to replace fossil fuel-burning plants and prevent further pollution.
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    The fossil fuel industry actively fights against the solutions proposed by others, hindering progress and even causing regression in addressing climate change.
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    The financial system and subsidies for fossil fuels are major obstacles that need to be addressed in order to transition to faster solutions for combating climate change.

Q&A

  • What are the consequences of greenhouse gas pollution?

    — Greenhouse gas pollution is causing severe consequences such as droughts, floods, and extreme weather events worldwide.

  • What progress has been made in addressing the climate crisis?

    — Significant progress has been made in addressing the climate crisis, including the passing of the largest climate legislation in history in the United States, followed by similar actions in Australia and Brazil.

  • How has the fossil fuel industry hindered progress on renewable energy?

    — The fossil fuel industry has actively opposed progress in renewable energy and used fraudulent tactics to slow down the transition, despite some positive developments such as China reaching its renewables target ahead of schedule.

  • What deceptive actions have fossil fuel companies taken regarding climate change?

    — Fossil fuel companies have known the truth about climate change for decades but chose to lie to the public in order to protect their profits, and now they have taken control of the COP process.

  • How can governments address the financial system to combat climate change?

    — Governments globally need to address the financial system and remove subsidies for fossil fuels, as they currently subsidize them with taxpayer money, which is five times larger than the amount in 2020.

Timestamped Summary

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    00:00
    The climate crisis is causing severe consequences worldwide, with distress signs seen in Antarctica and the North Atlantic, but progress is being made with significant climate legislation passed in the US, Australia, and Brazil.
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    03:23
    Fossil fuel industry opposes renewable energy progress, uses fraudulent tactics, and has known about climate change but lied to protect profits, now controlling the COP process.
  • 🔥
    06:02
    Fossil fuel companies are actively hindering progress on climate change, with a lack of credible plans to reduce emissions and a CEO with a conflict of interest, slowing down the process of addressing climate change and increasing emissions while claiming compliance with the Paris Agreement, but we need to recognize their deception and collaborate on phasing out fossil fuels.
  • 🔍
    09:51
    The fossil fuel industry has been deceptive about reducing emissions and investing in renewable energy, with no breakthroughs in renewable energy and carbon capture technology deemed not feasible.
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    13:51
    The fossil fuel industry uses direct air capture as an excuse to continue operating, but it is expensive and energy-intensive, and doesn't address other harmful pollutants or prioritize protecting affected communities, while renewable energy sources should be prioritized instead.
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    17:28
    The fossil fuel industry is not sincere or on our side, as they ignore their main pollution problem, invest very little in renewables and carbon capture, and actively fight against scalable solutions for climate change.
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    19:28
    Governments must address the financial system and remove subsidies for fossil fuels, as they currently subsidize them with taxpayer money, which is five times larger than the amount in 2020.
  • 🌍
    21:53
    The fossil fuel industry has received trillions of dollars, but we have the solutions to reduce emissions and achieve true net-zero, which will stop global temperature increase within 3-5 years and remove half of human-caused CO2 in 30 years.
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