Climate Change

Occidental Petroleum

Brands and Associated Companies Oxy OxyChem
InfluenceMap Score
Performance Band
Organisation Score
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Greenway Plaza, United States
Brands and Associated Companies
Oxy, OxyChem
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Occidental Petroleum appears to have a strong negative engagement with climate policy. It is unclear whether Occidental Petroleum itself is supportive of action on climate change and in 2015 on its website, the company stressed the social and economic costs of mandatory GHG emission controls. It further opposed state or regional level climate change policy due to the "inherent geographic restrictions in their ability to affect any human-induced climate change." The company appears to have used political spending to oppose cap-and-trade policy, in particular opposition to California's Assembly Bill 32 in 2014, as well as other renewable energy legislation in Oregon and Washington. Additionally, through its membership of NEDA/CAP, the company appears to have opposed the US EPA's Clean Air Act in 2014, including through successful legal action. Occidental in 2016 also created a "Powering California" advertising campaign to promote the oil and gas industry, criticising the purpose of renewable energy subsidies and suggesting that California's GHG emissions targets are unattainable. Despite its exit from ALEC, an organization that is active in the process of climate change denial, Occidental Petroleum maintains close affiliation with a number of organizations who appear to be having a negative impact on climate change policy, including the American Chemistry Council, American Petroleum Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, and the US Chamber of Commerce. It is also a member of the Western States Petroleum Association, which has continued to strongly oppose climate legislation in California.

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

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.