Fossil fuels lobbyists biggest group at COP26

| 08/11/2021 | 18 Comments
Activists protest against world leaders’ lack of action at COP26

(CNS): More than 500 fossil fuel lobbyists and people supporting the the oil and gas giants have been granted access to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), according to research done by a collective of activist groups. Based on the list of declarations made by people attending the conference in Glasgow, the environmentalists found that individuals either directly affiliated with fossil fuel corporations, such as Shell, Gazprom and BP, or delegations that act on behalf of the fossil fuel industry were collectively the largest common group at the UN event.

Over 100 fossil fuel companies are represented and lobbyists dwarf the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s official indigenous constituency by around two to one.

Data analysed by Corporate Accountability, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Glasgow Calls Out Polluters and Global Witness showed the scale of the access that corporate actors with a stake in the continued burning of fossil fuels have enjoyed at the critical talks.

The fossil fuel lobby is larger than the combined total of the eight delegations from the countries worst affected by climate change in the last two decades: Puerto Rico, Myanmar, Haiti, Philippines, Mozambique, Bahamas, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Many groups from around the world bearing the brunt of climate impacts have criticised the unequal access to COP26, citing barriers to participation, vaccine apartheid, costly travel restrictions and a lack of safeguarding guarantees. 

Murray Worthy, Gas Campaign Leader at Global Witness, said time was running out to avert climate disaster.

“The case for meaningful global action must not be diverted by a festival of polluters and their mouthpieces, who have no interest in seeing the changes we need to protect people and the planet,” he said. “The presence of hundreds of those being paid to push the toxic interests of polluting fossil fuel companies will only increase the scepticism of climate activists who see these talks as more evidence of global leaders’ dithering and delaying.”

The presence of lobbyists at COP26 does not end with the fossil fuel industry. Other polluting industries deeply implicated in the climate crisis, such as finance, agribusiness, and transportation, are also present, although they were not included in the analysis.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Johnson’s “environmental” organizers literally cut down a coastal forest to clear space for a parking lot, catering to the COP26 delegate circus for a one night beach bbq photo op, sponsored by British beef, dairy, and lamb industries. Great job everyone.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wake up Cayman. We are being led to slaughter by those trying to do us in. Educate yours4elf.

    • Hubert says:

      Very interesting that so many of those who have a track record of obfuscating and denying climate science are the largest group attending.

      No wonder after 25 years there have been no real cuts in global emissions.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Everyone has a plan for someone else to have to pay.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Who cares whether rhey attended?

  5. Anonymous says:

    No, but you clearly know very little about them.
    My masters degree was spent studying nuclear safety, and those 3 incidents were studied in depth.
    I can tell you now: nuclear energy is safer than fossil fuel by a long, long way.
    Those 3 incidents you list cannot happen again, as each one lead to huge changes in nuclear business worldwide (yes, even in Russia, China, and the Middle East).

  6. Anonymous says:

    Like Greta said … blah, blah, blah

    • Anonymous says:

      Who cares what Greta said. She’s not a climate expert by a long stretch. Rather listen to actual scientists.

      • Hubert says:

        Whether one likes Greta or not, she is simply saying about climate change what 99% of scientists are saying.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Well at least our guy doesn’t have shares in CUC and drives a solar charged electric car, right?

  8. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of crackpots out there. Blah blah blah.
    I am not sure if you noticed but the price of oil and gasoline is going up, my CUC bull proves that. Joe Biden this week asked OPEC to increase production, OPEC told him to fly a kite. The US could be energy independent and produce plenty of oil for its Neighbours at a reasonable price however environmentalist has attacked the North American energy sector to no end.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It all makes sense now why Mr Premier went, – after the lip service broadcast with Donna Bush he was off coordinating fuel futures for the SUV & Hatteras.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Nuclear Power is the only way!

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