Energy giants spent $1bn on climate lobbying, PR since Paris: watchdog

Posted: March 22, 2019 by oldbrew in climate, Energy, ideology, IPCC
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Oil extraction [image credit: ewg.org]


It would be optimistic to expect any business to willingly cave in to pressure to become less successful, or let attempts to demonize it go unchallenged, especially for the sake of shaky climate theories. As long as the demand for their products is there, so will they be. World demand for oil is on the rise, regardless of those who wish otherwise.

The five largest publicly listed oil and gas majors have spent $1 billion since the 2015 Paris climate deal on public relations or lobbying that is “overwhelmingly in conflict” with the landmark accord’s goals, a watchdog said Friday.

Despite outwardly committing to support the Paris agreement and its aim to limit global temperature rises, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and Total spend a total of $200 million a year on efforts “to operate and expand fossil fuel operations,” according to InfluenceMap, a pro-transparency monitor.

Two of the companies—Shell and Chevron—said they rejected the watchdog’s findings, reports Phys.org.

“The fossil fuel sector has ramped up a quite strategic programme of influencing the climate agenda,” InfluenceMap Executive Director Dylan Tanner told AFP.

“It’s a continuum of activity from their lobby trade groups attacking the details of regulations, controlling them all the way up, to controlling the way the media thinks about the oil majors and climate.”

The report comes as oil and gas giants are under increasing pressure from shareholders to come clean over how greener lawmaking will impact their business models.

As planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions hit their highest levels in human history in 2018, the five companies racked up total profits of $55 billion.

At the same time, the International Panel on Climate Change—composed of the world’s leading climate scientists—issued a call for a radical drawdown in fossil fuel use in order to hit the 1.5C (2.7 Fahrenheit) cap laid out in the Paris accord.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. oldbrew says:

    The madness goes on…

    ExxonMobil faces EU parliament ban after no show at climate hearing
    Fri 22 Mar 2019

    Oil giant may lose lobby access over failure to answer climate change denial questions

    ExxonMobil told organisers that it was prevented from participating in the hearing by “ongoing climate change-related litigation in the US”.

    A company statement sent to the Guardian said: “We reject the false allegation that ExxonMobil suppressed scientific research on climate change. News reports that claim we reached definitive conclusions about the science of climate change decades before the world’s experts are simply not accurate and have long since been debunked.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/22/exxonmobil-faces-eu-parliaments-ban-after-climate-hearing-no-show

  2. Phi32 says:

    The AFP report claims that the IPCC is “composed of the world’s leading climate scientists.” That is completely untrue as the IPCC is a political panel, not a scientific panel. The IPCC exists to promote the fraudulent UN FCCC definition of climate being adversely influenced by “human sourced atmospheric constituents.” The fraud relies on majority UN votes in favour of receiving multibillion dollar handouts from Western industrial nations through the Green Climate Scheme.

  3. Coeur de Lion says:

    I’m afraid this shows that the Synod of the Church of England is going to have to stick to its promise to disinvest in fossil fuels. This is a catastrophe for the fossil fuel majors from which they will never recover. And CO2 in the atmosphere will diminish and we will all go to church in thanks.

  4. hunterson7 says:

    The climate obsession may win this.
    We really may be screwed.
    The big oil companies and others who actually help humanity likely fed the alligator too long, not realizing just how hungry the consensus alligator is.

  5. Kip Hansen says:

    The basic report is simply FALSE –“ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP and Total spend a total of $200 million a year on efforts “to operate and expand fossil fuel operations,””

    Interpreting spending on efforts to “to operate and expand fossil fuel operations,” is not ” “overwhelmingly in conflict” with the landmark accord’s goals” — it is just what they do — it is their business.

    Pernicious fake news.

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    Oppose what we think and you are evil. We don’t have to prove we are right it or justify what we believe, provided enough of us say it and enforce it.

    Pure fascism.

  7. Gamecock says:

    InfluenceMap as ‘watchdog.’ Now that’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

    ‘We do this by empowering our partners with data-driven and clearly communicated analysis on critical societal issues such as climate change.’

    ‘Climate change’ is a ‘critical societal issue.’

    InfluenceMap is watching for anyone who strays from Lefty orthodoxy.

  8. oldbrew says:

    As planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions hit their highest levels in human history in 2018

    But Arctic sea ice somehow failed to notice this (non-)event…

    NASA Goddard: Arctic sea ice 2019 wintertime extent is seventh lowest

    The 2019 wintertime extent reached on March 13 ties with 2007
    https://phys.org/news/2019-03-arctic-sea-ice-wintertime-extent.html

    What happened to the supposed ‘rapid decline’? Seems to have lost its mojo without an El Niño to help it.

  9. stpaulchuck says:

    the rent seekers and scam artists can see the end coming for their world wide rip-off so the pronouncements will get more hysterical every week.

    a decade or three from now people will look back on this and wonder how they ever believed in such an obvious scam.

  10. gallopingcamel says:

    I love it when Lefties spend billions to sell their loony ideas only to find that nobody cares. All that money wasted.

    Unfortunately there is always another George Soros or Tom Steyer ready to promote “Stupid Government”. If their model works, we little people are sc***ed.

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