Fossil Fuel Lobby Focused on Disrupting Copenhagen
The fossil fuel lobby is hard at work around the world to prevent any global climate treaty from coming out of Copenhagen in December, according to a report released by the Center for Public Integrity.
According to the report, “Global attempts to craft a pivotal new climate treaty in Copenhagen this December are being stymied by a far-reaching, multinational backlash led by fossil fuel industries and other heavy carbon emitters, according to an eight-country report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.”
From the coal industry in Appalachia to aluminum interests in Australia, industry advocates are ready to protest that changes made to protect the environment will destroy jobs and discourage investment. “Wherever nations have taken the first modest steps to stave off a looming environmental calamity for future generations, they’ve triggered a backlash from powers rooted in the economy of the past. Opponents of climate action may have different methods as they pressure different capitals, but the message is consistent: Be afraid that a cherished way of life may be lost. Be afraid that a better standard of living will never be had,” the report says.
In the US, the lobbyists are out in force working against the climate legislation making its way through Congress. “… more than 1,150 companies and advocacy groups are very tuned in, and they have deployed about 2,810 climate lobbyists to Capitol Hill, an increase of more than 400 percent from six years earlier, according to an analysis of disclosures filed with the Senate Office of Public Records. Spending on the lobbying this year so far in the United States is at least $47 million,” according to the report.