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Climate Governance Integrity Programme

Climate & Corruption Case Atlas - Climate Governance Integrity Programme

  • United States
  • Belgium

Fossil Fuel Lobby for COVID-19 Relief Funding

Corruption Type

Undue Influence

Despite European countries’ promises to build back greener after the COVID-19 pandemic, fossil fuel industries applied heavy pressure to ensure they benefit from rescue funding. They managed to win concessions for climate-damaging energy schemes, thanks to cosy relationships with high-level decision-makers. EU and US companies' enormous influence on government policies has led to calls for a firewall between decision-makers and fossil fuel lobbyists.

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