Yes. The big oil companies have had a very favorable business environment with most countries including the US. Their monitory influence not only gave them leeway with the environment but also gave them many representatives in any governmental body whether it was local, state or federal. The over welding amount of money held by so few has enabled the oil industry to mold governments to their will. A prime example of an industries over extension of influence is the cigarette manufacturers. Today we readily recognize the harm caused by cigarettes. It took decades to finally reach a critical mass before something gradually was begun to curb the propaganda generated by the cigarette industry. The oil companies are doing the same thing only they are much more clever and have infinitely deeper pockets. Their propaganda has convince millions that they have no responsibility for acceleration of the change in our environment. The oil companies have been using the cigarette industries play book for many years their are just better at it. The old adage "Fool us once shame on you but fool us twice shame on us" applies here. We've seen this before we should be wiser. The shame is on us and we should hold the oil companies responsible for damage done if it ends up hitting our shores.