Corporations and politicians are increasingly using young people to portray themselves as serious about climate action.
Ted Wells Jr., who defended Exxon against a lawsuit by New York’s attorney general, has given half a million dollars to Democrats in recent decades.
In a “buy-a-badge scheme,” Energy Transfer and the security firm TigerSwan allegedly paid elected constables to guard the Mariner East 2 pipeline.
The social gains of the pink tide were real, and striking. But they were ephemeral, and the cost to the environment was high.