Commercials in support of non-renewable energy drive me absolutely bonkers. 1. for all the mis-construding that takes place and 2. the thought of everyone believing what the commercial says.
The above commercial is one I happened to catch on the benefits of LA public transit operating on natural gas. The video does a good job (at least I think so) of evoking a sense of responsibility to support natural gas for its environmental and public health benefits. And while that may all be true, the video is framed as if natural gas is the solution, instead of a bridge to the solution.
The commercial is only half of the story. Of course when you compare natural gas to energy sources, like oil and coal, it will depict natural gas as the cleaner/healthier energy option. However, that picture drastically changes when you transition the comparison to one between natural gas and renewable energies and better planning. The second comparison is an important piece of the energy picture missing from this story.
Side note: I watched a number of commercials from the same natural gas interest. The video below is a 30 second clip focused on farmers and natural gas. The video opens with the opinion “I think farmers care more about the land than probably anyone else.” As the clip opens with that statement, a clip plays of a red angus wading into a stream. I’ll just let that one sink in.