COP21 attracts some major polluters
Anytime thousands of people in suits and ties and shiny shoes get together, you know that there's money to be made.
And so it goes with the COP21 climate talks in Paris.
A new report exposes how this occurs, calling the UN climate talks a "greenwashing heaven".
In "Lobby Planet Paris: a guide to corporate 21", the Transnational Institute, Aitec, Attac France, Corporate Europe Observatory, and Observatoire des multinationales have pointed out which major industrial and financial lobbies have converged on Paris to try to maintain the status quo.
This is occurring even though at least 80 percent of fossil fuels must remain in the ground to prevent average global temperatures from rising two degrees above those recorded in pre-industrial times.
"While pretending to fight against climate change, they promote the technological solutions they have designed and wish to finance through subsidies or through various programmes and agencies mandated to support development, climate mitigation, and adaption to the hazards of climate change in the Global South," the report states. "These 'solutions' include agrifuels, biotechnology and bioenergy, carbon capture and storage, cargon markets, nuclear power, and geo-engineering."
According to the report, the COPs "have increasingly been seen serving as exhibitions and promotional fairs for the world's biggest environmental criminals".
"The 2013 Climate Summit in Warsaw reached a peak in the history of corporate climate co-optation, with the Polish Government co-hosting a parallel International Coal and Climate Summit during the same period," the report notes. "Organized together with the World Coal Association, the Summit called for development banks to strengthen their support to the coal industry!"
The influence of major corporations hasn't gone unnoticed by American author Scott Westerfeld.
His message below has been retweeted nearly 20,000 times.