Do you remember the argy bargy around smoking and plain packaging? Do you remember all the media articles sneakily submitted by public relations firms to try to convince you that smoking wasn’t really so bad?

And do you remember the fights that doctors and scientists got into on the subject with these people?

The tobacco lobby and their deep pockets didn’t just pay for PR. They also bought politicians.

Well… history repeats, as they say. Once again, scientists are fighting with PR firms. But this time, it’s over climate change.

Whenever there’s a fight over science, in order to work out who’s telling the truth, the first thing you need to do is follow the money. Who stands to gain from each side of the argument?

When it comes to climate change, the answer is pretty obvious. The fossil fuel industry stands to lose billions if governments change policy and start supporting renewables.

The fossil fuel industry then puts pressure on governments like ours by threatening to not donate to their political parties if they make policy that the industry doesn’t like.

But the real dirty secret in all of this is why certain media outlets are parroting the fossil fuel industry’s PR.

What’s in it for them?

The Australian editorial also relies on long-time renewable critic Keith Delacy, a mining company director, who says it is “plain crazy” to have renewable energy schemes.’ (Renew Economy)

Again, all you need to do is follow the money. Wherever a media outlet is supporting an anti-science agenda, they always have a business interest in doing so.

Of course, a democratic government should make policy that is in the interests of the people who elected them. Unfortunately these days, the major parties are more interested in pleasing their fossil fuel industry donors and keeping wealthy media owners happy than they are in making the planet safe for you and your family.

But it doesn’t have to be like this. When we find honest, smart Independents or people from science-based minor parties, we get decent representation. And that leads to policy that puts the interests and safety of your family first.

You can read more about how the fossil fuel industry used exactly the same tactics as the tobacco lobby here.