In a recent article in E-360 Yale, Beth Gardiner says that “Oil and gas giants, mining interests, and coal-fired power plants have all received financial and regulatory relief as governments around the world enact pandemic recovery plans.” She says that this financial aid will help damage the environment for many years in the future, long after the current pandemic is gone. In short, in the pandemic, polluting industries are winning big time.
Gardiner says that “These moves threaten to create a dirty, high-carbon legacy that long outlasts the current crisis.” She says that the pandemic is not helping the climate as many have claimed. In fact, in the pandemic, polluting industries are winning big time. Because of this the climate will be in much worse shape after this pandemic has run its course.
“While the world has been preoccupied by the Covid-19 pandemic, polluting industries have been pushing to turn the crisis to their advantage, lobbying governments — often successfully — for lucrative favors like bailout funds and the easing of costly regulations.”
All industries such as oil and gas, coal, aviation, and auto-manufacturing describe the giveaways they have received as necessary to ease the pandemic’s economic pain. Of course they do. They will never admit that the new giveaways will be used to increase pollution and greenhouse gasses like never before.
Environmental experts say these pandemic giveaways will be used by big oil, big coal and related companies’ in their long-time agendas of weakening environmental rules and taxes, and opposing new ones.
And, collectively, the aid given now to big oil, big coal, big mining and big industry in general threatens to create a dirty, high-carbon legacy that will long outlasts the current crisis. “And this legacy stands in sharp contrast to the widely noted, but short-lived, dips in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution that resulted from lockdowns.”
Oil, gas, coal and mining interests, which have long viewed climate and other environmental policies as a threat to their very existence, are now lobbying to get as much aid as possible during the pandemic. Edward Collins, director for corporate lobbying research at InfluenceMap, a nonprofit that monitors corporate influence on climate policy says that all of these oil and gas interests have long attempted to attract this kind of aid. The pandemic is their chance to finally cash in big time.
In the United States, their efforts have been rewarded with access to billions of dollars in public pandemic recovery funds, in the form of tax breaks, loans, and waivers of the fees normally charged for extracting resources on public lands.”
“These are economy-defining amounts of money,” Collins said. “They’ll really change our environment for the very worst in the next five, maybe 10 years.”
From an article in E-360 Yale titled, “In Pandemic Recovery Efforts, Polluting Industries Are Winning Big”
BY BETH GARDINER, the author of the article this post is based on.
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There are some who believe that the environment is winning now that the industrial world is shut-down. Not true, in the pandemic, polluting industries are winning big time like never before. These are windfall times for all of the big polluting industries.