Kinder Morgan

InfluenceMap Score
E-
Performance Band
27%
Organisation Score
21%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Houston, United States

Kinder Morgan (KM) appears to have a negative stance toward policy action on climate change. White papers published on its corporate website disseminate misinformation on climate science and evoke the threat of energy poverty as a justification for continued fossil fuel use. In 2016, the president of Kinder Morgan Canada insinuated climate change denial, a position he later reversed. Despite top-line recognition of the need for lowering CO2 emissions, the company does not seem to support a global energy transition at the speed or scale recommended by the IPCC.

Executive Chairman Richard Kinder has attempted to cast doubts on the viability of a non-fossil fueled future in the past. This position forms the basis of an undated white paper titled "The Need for Fossil Fuel," which points to the cost, lack of flexibility, and inefficacy of renewable energy regulations. The paper also actively opposes specific policies such as the Renewable Fuel Standard. While the company's 2018 ESG report states support for “performance-based” federal regulations on methane, KM attempted to weaken legislation on methane emissions reduction in 2017.

Evidence suggests KM employed disputed statistics to increase support for US pipeline projects in 2018. In 2019, a spokesperson for the company defended state-level adoption of the Critical Infrastructure Act, a model law drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council to criminalize protests against fossil fuel infrastructure. While the company supports measures to replace coal with natural gas in order to lower carbon emissions, it frequently highlights natural gas as a necessary complement to renewables given the latter’s intermittency and unreliability. These statements suggest support for a permanent rather than a transitional role for natural gas in the energy mix.

Kinder Morgan lacks a dedicated disclosure of its climate change policy positions. Likewise, its Environmental Stewardship report lists senior management positions in several trade associations, but omits other organizations in which it participates, such as American Gas Association. The company has a member of senior management on the board of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade association demonstrating frequent opposition to climate policy.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures EU Register
Climate Science Transparency
0 NS NA NS NS 0 -1 NA
Climate Science Stance
0 NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Need for Climate Regulation
0 NS NA NS NS 0 NS NA
UN Treaty Support
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS NA
Transparency on Legislation
-2 NA -2 NA NA NA NS NA
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS NS 1 NS NA
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Efficiency Standards
-1 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Renewable Energy Legislation
-1 NS NS NS NS NS NS NA
Energy Policy and Mix
-1 -1 NS NS -1 -1 NS NA
GHG Emission Standards
NS NS NS -1 NS NS NS NA
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NA -2 NA NA NA NS NA
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
21%
 
21%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.