I don’t think so - not even close.
Eisenhower’s fingering of the Military Industrial Complex is much closer to the truth.
Cheap oil and fossil fuels seemed like a good idea to most people in all civilizations until relatively recently - just look around.
There have always been those who saw more clearly, throughout history, in both civilizations and tribal societies. But these people are few and far between, and usually characterized by the majority as Cassandras or similar monikers.
Alexander von Humbolt was one of these savants, and long ago saw the destructive nature of ‘progress’ and ‘civilization’ on the natural world. A strange man, to be sure, “as the great ones always are”, to borrow a line and a thought from Ian Tyson’s “Casey Tibbs”.
I remember reading an assigned paper from Scientific American when I was at McGill University in Montreal, taking a third year course in marine geology, a super-hot topic in 1970, when plate tectonics was being transformed into the governing paradigm for the new geology at that time (today it is perhaps extinction events).
The article, which I still have, was by Manhattan scientist Gilbert Plass, titled
Carbon Dioxide and Climate An article from our July 1959 issue examined climate change: “A current theory postulates that carbon dioxide regulates the temperature of the earth. This raises an interesting question: How do Man’s activities influence the climate of the future?”
I remember that there was no sense of urgency or fear at the time - not amongst the students - not from the professors.
I was in the oil business myself for some eighteen years as a field geologist - a consulting wellsite geologist, specializing in exploration and heavy oil in the prairie provinces in Canada, primarily Saskatchewan.
Even though I had read and digested the Club of Rome report of 1972 by the MIT group, “Limits to Growth”, there was no feeling of impending disaster.
Not until James Hansen ca 1988.
The world still runs on oil and fossil fuels - all our food is dependent upon it for production and transportation to a first approximation.
This is not to excuse deliberate misinformation by Exxon and the Koch’s and their minions and owned politicians - but to place the matter in perspective.
Were we to stop all fossil fuels tomorrow, civilizations everywhere would collapse and billions would starve to death.
This transition is going to take time.