Major polluters spend 10 times as much on climate lobbying as green groups, study finds

(The Independent, 19 Jul 2018) 'The vast majority of climate lobbying expenditure came from sectors that would be highly impacted by climate legislation'.

Major polluters have had a massively disproportionate financial influence on US politics in recent years, according to a new analysis of climate lobbying. 

Over the past two decades lobby groups have spent more than $2bn (£1.55bn) in attempts to influence climate change legislation in the US.

The vast majority of this money has come from groups that stand to lose out from limits on carbon emissions, such as the electrical utilities sector, fossil fuel companies and transportation.

This spending dwarfed that of environmental organisations and the renewable energy sector, which overall contributed around a tenth of the funds given by sectors with significant greenhouse gas emissions.

“The vast majority of climate lobbying expenditure came from sectors that would be highly impacted by climate legislation,” explained Dr Robert Brulle of Drexel University, who conducted the analysis.

An environmental sociologist by background, Dr Brulle conducted his study using mandatory lobbying reports made available on the website OpenSecrets.

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The Independent, 19 Jul 2018: Major polluters spend 10 times as much on climate lobbying as green groups, study finds