Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Are Dominating Climate Policy Battles During COVID-19

July 9th, 2020

Oil/gas, automotive, coal and aviation sectors pushing for a fossil fuel friendly recovery globally

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New research from InfluenceMap shows the oil and gas sector to have dominated climate-related policy battles throughout COVID-19 crisis. Interventions from the industry seeking deregulation and support for fossil fuels in recovery packages have drowned out pro-climate interventions from the non-fossil corporate sector. They have also been over twice as likely to succeed based on detailed assessment of quick wins obtained thus far. Given the compressed time scales at which this is unfolding a new tracking platform RecoveryMap is being launched to allow real time access to this data and analysis.

The extent to which our research shows lobbyists representing fossil fuel related companies have geared up to oppose Paris aligned climate policy amid the COVID crisis is significant. Unless this tactical lobbying is matched by the majority of large corporations messaging for a green recovery, the world risks returning to the status quo on climate or even backsliding.

Danny Magill
Analyst, InfluenceMap

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