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An NPR and PBS Frontline investigation reveals how the oil and gas industry used the promise of recycling to sell more plastic, even when they knew it would never work on a large scale.
I don't think we will ever get rid of petrochemicals, a lot of our societies are depending on it too much, as in: besides plastics, the industry makes medicines from oil. And herbicides and pesticides. Not to mention fuels. Looking at the world's pollution, oil and petrochemicals are by far the biggest cause for pollution. We know that for many decades. But yeah, money. And where's money, there's politicians, who enable all the polluting, creating a veneer of quasi-legality, so the industry can say they're doing nothing wrong, although they are responsible for the biggest environmental crimes this earth has ever seen (or endured, so you will).