The Cost of Denial
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Let’s be real. As much as we love to hate them, most politicians aren’t stupid. Then why, when 97% of scientists agree that climate change is real, do so many lawmakers fail to act against it or flat our deny its existence?
The Cost of Denial offers an answer to that inquiry. Focused on 10 candidates up for reelection in November, the project places each candidate’s campaign finance data next to one of their climate-denial quotes or votes. And the coincidences are striking.
All this is illustrated in images heavily influenced by Soviet propaganda. Celebrating that artistic form’s lack of subtlety and abundance of ulterior motives, The Cost of Denial highlights the hidden bias of each politician’s stance. It does so while depicting them standing serenely amidst the effects climate change is having, or very soon will have, in their districts.
Perhaps these lawmakers are genuinely acting in the best interest of their constituents. It’s possible. It’s also possible that Elvis is still alive and is covertly cavorting down the streets of Nashville.
Either way, it’s not worth fracturing our future to find out.
Register to vote here, and let’s vote these fossil-fuel-fueled fossils out of office.
“I was a businessman. I give to everybody. When they call, I give. And do you know what? When I need something from them two years later, three years later, I call them, they are there for me.“ - Donald Trump on political donations
Mayer, Jane. Dark Money. Anchor, 2017. Print.
Campaign Financing Information (Last accessed 10/06/18)
https://www.citylab.com/environment/2011/09/behind-pollution-californias-central-valley/207/ (smog linked to fertilizers, a bi-product of petroleum refining; reference 2 below)
https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2018/02/01/central-valley-smog/ (smog linked to fertilizers, a bi-product of petroleum refining; reference below)