The big oil and gas companies like to present themselves as the solution to climate change, even as they’re leaning into more fossil fuel production and making record profits from it.

But while the public sees their optimistic ads promoting fuel-of-the-future projects like “blue hydrogen” (made with natural gas), these same companies are quietly pouring billions of dollars into industry groups that have worked for years to undermine pro-climate policies through advertising and lobbying.

Environmental policy scholars Christian Downie and Bob Brulle sorted through a decade of trade groups’ tax documents to see how these industry groups are deploying their cash and just how much more they’re spending compared with groups working in support of clean energy. The short answer: a lot.

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Keeping oil and gas flowing. Steve Chenn/The Image Bank via Getty Images

Big Oil’s trade group allies outspent clean energy groups by a whopping 27x, with billions in ads and lobbying to keep fossil fuels flowing

Christian Downie, Australian National University; Robert Brulle, Brown University

Researchers looked at a decade of political spending by the oil and gas industry and others engaged in climate policy. If money talks, one side had a giant megaphone.

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