The Public Campaign Action Fund has kept track of spending by the coal and oil industry on politicians, media etc.
“With literally tens of billions of dollars of annual profits at stake — for example, ExxonMobil alone reported $22.6 billion in profits in the first half of 2008 — the coal and oil industries are desperately spending hundreds of millions of dollars to shape and mobilize public and elite opinion.”
You make the call on who the bad guys are here. Big bad multi-million dollar scientists saying we should be careful about our actions. Or big bad multi-billion dollar polluters – coal and oil – telling us to drive and consume more and more without hesitation.