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24 Mar 2015

Author:
Simon Bowers, in Mother Jones (USA)

Why Is BP Funding America's Most Notorious Climate Change Denier?

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One of America's most powerful and outspoken opponents of climate change regulation received election campaign contributions that can be traced back to senior BP staff, including chief executive Bob Dudley. Jim Inhofe, a Republican senator from Oklahoma who has tirelessly campaigned against calls for a carbon tax and challenges the overwhelming consensus on climate change, received $10,000 from BP's Political Action Committee...

The BP PAC is funded by contributions from senior US executives and company staffers who sent in contributions to the PAC totaling more than $1 million between 2010 and 2014... Yet, BP and [its CEO Bob] Dudley have long called for world leaders to intervene and impose tough regulatory measures on the fossil fuel industry... 

In a statement BP [said]: "Voluntary donations [by staff] to the BP employees' political action committee in the US are used to support a variety of candidates across the political spectrum and in many US geographies where we operate... These candidates have one thing in common: They are important advocates for the energy industry in the broadest sense... BP's position on climate change is well known and is long-established. We believe that climate change is an important long-term issue that justifies global action." The company declined to comment on Dudley's own donations...

Not all recipients of BP PAC donations are climate change skeptics...

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