IPCC Report’s Analysis of Fossil Fuel Industry Excluded From Policymakers’ Brief

The fossil fuel industry and its influence over policy was the major elephant in the room looming over the release of the third and final report, out this week, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s leading climate authority. The major source of contention: how do you talk about mitigating climate change without confronting the fossil fuel industry? “It’s like Star Wars without Darth Vader,” says environmental sociologist Robert Brulle, of Brown University. The first two reports, both released over the last year, highlighted the physical science on climate effects and countries’ vulnerability to further warming. But this…

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