May 7, 2014
WWF turned down an invitation to speak at today’s event “The Outlook for energy: A view to 2040. How will the world meet the global energy challenge?” featuring Exxon Mobil Corporation. Here is why.
By Jason Anderson, Head of EU Climate and Energy Policy, WWF European Policy Office
1. Fossil fuel companies present regular energy forecasts as neutral assessments, despite their clear vested interests in promoting a vision of continued fossil fuel use.
2. These companies lobby vociferously against adequate efforts to fight climate change, in a concerted effort to bring about the fossil fuel future their ‘neutral assessments’ describe.
3. ¾ of known fossil fuel reserves must stay in the ground if we are to limit global warming to well below 2oC, but these companies continue to search for new and dirtier sources of oil, gas, and coal.
4. Despite (or, rather, because of) enormous annual profits, these companies make very little investment in the energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that are needed for a sustainable energy future.
5. WWF does not wish to offer any legitimacy to fossil fuel companies, or their ‘forecasts’, by responding to them at events such as this.
‘People of conscience need to break their ties with corporations financing the injustice of climate change.’ Archbishop Desmond Tutuepopress