Should Fossil Fuel Ads Be Banned Like Tobacco?

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Earlier this month, United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, called on the world’s governments and media to stop taking dollars from the fossil fuel industry. The UN chief accused energy companies of “distorting the truth, deceiving the public, and sowing doubt” about the climate crisis. “Stop the Mad Men from fueling the madness,” he said.

Guterres’ comments come at a critical juncture for the automotive industry. Consumers are still apprehensive about electric vehicles, not least because many brand-new EVs are still considerably more expensive than their fossil-fuel-powered competition.

The UN head calls for advertising restrictions to come into play, similar to what is enforced for tobacco and alcohol across the world. However, while tobacco advertising is primarily restricted to avoid influencing the impression minds of children have, fossil fuel advertising bans will aim to influence consumer behavior.

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