“Right now, hundreds of business trade associations have access to the climate talks, and many of them are funded by some of the world’s biggest polluters and climate change deniers,” Tamar Lawrence-Samuel, the international policy director of CAI, an organization dedicated to fighting corporate abuse, said in a press release accompanying the report.
It’s not the first time the fossil fuel industry has been in the spotlight for its presence at U.N. climate talks. Tim McDonnell reported a similar set of concerns in 2015, when the Paris climate talks came under fire for permitting the fossil fuel industry to bankroll parts of the event. Here’s what he wrote in Mother Jones:
Big international conferences frequently have corporate sponsors, but given the basic aim of the Paris talks — to dramatically reduce man-made greenhouse gas emissions — some of the event’s sponsors are drawing criticism for their close ties to the fossil fuel industry. In other words, some of the companies paying to keep the lights on and the coffee flowing at the vital climate summit may have a vested interest in limiting the scope of the international agreement.