Michael Bloomberg’s Beyond Petrochemicals? Beyond Hypocritical

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg has set his sights on destroying the U.S. petrochemical industry in his new initiative, “Beyond Petrochemicals.” In the announcement video, Bloomberg places blame for “polluted air” on petrochemical production, but what he does not tell the audience is that his video—and campaign itself—would not be possible without these products. 

Petrochemicals have long been the backbone of modern society, providing us with the raw materials to produce everything from plastics, to electronics, to fertilizers. Despite the recent push for alternative energy sources and the increased scrutiny on the environmental impact of petrochemicals, the benefits of these products cannot be ignored. 

Products made with petrochemicals from Michael Bloomberg’s video, lifestyle, and green technological aspirations include:

  • Medicines 
  • Cars 
  • Roofing
  • Batteries
  • Fabric 
  • Fabric Dye
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Fertilizer
  • Paint
  • Botox
  • Lights
  • Playground slides
  • Trash Bins
  • Pavement
  • Solar panels
  • Thermal insulation
  • Electric Vehicle Parts 
  • Planes 
  • Bloomberg’s private plane
  • Carpeting and other decorations for his numerous vacation homes
  • Cell Phones
  • Computers 
  • Household Appliances

And much, much more…..

Unlike Bloomberg’s “Beyond Coal” initiative which was benefited by the transition to natural gas, a clear substitute for coal, there is no replacement for petrochemicals. That means that shutting down production in the U.S. will only push it abroad. 

It is time to be honest about the benefits of petrochemicals and work towards finding sustainable solutions that can continue to meet our needs in the future.

Watch the full response to Michael Bloomberg’s war on petrochemicals from the GAIN Coalition here:

Bloomberg’s Beyond Hypocritical Campaign

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