InfluenceMap: Briefing on COVID-19 and Fossil Fuel Lobbying

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Influence Map outlines evidence showing how corporations are lobbying for climate deregulation and financial interventions by governments that are either specifically advantageous for fossil fuel production and/or contrary to science-based advice from the IPCC on climate.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, lobbying counter to climate goals has continued and has intersected with the political and economic challenges resulting from the virus. In an April briefing, InfluenceMap looks at global evidence of lobbying for financial interventions by governments that are advantageous for fossil fuel production and/or contrary to climate science, as well as lobbying for climate deregulation, including efforts to delay or dilute planned climate motivated policy strands.

The report finds that the oil and gas sector appears to be the most active globally in the specified lobbying areas, demanding both financial support and deregulation in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Climate-related deregulation appears to be the priority and has so far been detected from key industry associations and players in regions including the US, Canada and Australia.

In the United States, the top lobbying entities associated with fossil fuel interests that were conducting these activities include the American Petroleum Institute, the National Mining Association, and the Texas Public Policy Institute.

InfluenceMap is a UK-based nonprofit, funded by a range of foundations, that publishes data-rich reports exploring the intersection of climate policy and corporate power. Other InfluenceMap reports can be found here.