Two-Faced Europe: EU companies fund climate skeptics in the US
Yesterday some articles appeared which highlighted the sad role of some of Europe’s most powerful corporations, uncluding British Petrol, Royal Dutch Shell, and some Germans like E.On or Bayer. The European section of the Climate Action Network (CAN) compiled a report (pdf) on this matter “Using information which this month became available in the Open Secrets database“, they “uncovered what appears to be a coordinated effort […] to influence United States climate and energy policies through targeted donations to candidates who oppose action on climate change.”
We conclude that the support of European companies is not only targeted at deniers and blockers but that the financial streams are also very strategic. Another example is the support for Lisa Murkowski (Rep.), the brain behind a resolution which would take away the possibility of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
This is indeed alarming. While we subsidize those companies with tax-money of hard-working families (think of coal-subsidies, pharmaceutical-prices), the same money is blown into pockets of politicians that care only for their constitutencie’s trailers and dreams. It is time to wake up for the American public as well as the European one. Both sides of the Atlantic are so much intertwined that you cannot make out a clear leader and laggards. Skeptics and deniers are on the march to the front in Europe as well. We need laws that tighten campaign donations and decrease the impact large companies can have on single politicians. In the U.S. as well as here in Germany, politics recently went into an open policy-along-donations-line of thinking. This is not a partisan thing, as some suggest. It is a systemic problem. And we need to change it fast, if we want to safe the climate.