Lots of thoughts here. First of all, congrats to @Greenpeace @UE Unearthed for this scoop, this is a major development. This should be picked up by mainstream outlets, like @FT @guardian @BBCNews @Independent. PLEASE COVER THIS, it's a big deal. It exposes how our world works. 1/
.@BusinessEurope is acting in this case like a textbook fossil-economy advocacy and climate denial group: not as a representative of EU businesses. Non-fossil businesses (@facebook & @google) should be encouraged to leave it, as giant @Unilever already has. 2/
In the issue of #ClimateBreakdown, companies that have a stake in a livable future beyond the next decade have to separate their actions and interests from those of the fossil industries. Fossil capitalism is incompatible with human and economic survival.
Now to the specific lobbying text. Check out these points obtained by @UE and see how chilling and glib they are. This is the face and voice of polished, established, comfortable, complacent, victorious climate denial. Let's go point by point. 4/
The first point shows that climate deniers are fine with nice sounding political statements as long as they are not backed up by any legislative or binding targets. See UK policy as an example - all talk on one hand and reversal in action on the other. Remember this.5/ @beisgovuk
The second point excuses local inaction because of global circumstances. THIS IS A DENIAL TALKING POINT. Nothing excuses local inaction, nothing at all. Again, remember and recognize this. Moving on. 6/
The third point is a biggie. It represents a classic climate denial tactics of using scientific & policy processes against the overwhelming scientific evidence represented in IPCC #SRI15. "transparency in calculations" when everything is peer reviewed, published, etc: classic. 7/
The climate denial community has become past experts at using what appear to be scientific processes on the surface (demanding more evidence or reduction in errors) to combat the implications of irrefutable and openly evidenced findings. 8/
4th point is a grab bag of ways to "minimize" the issue of global environmental breakdown potentially leading to human extinction within the next couple of hundred years. Yup, good luck, fellas. Except you have had all the luck to date, so joke's on the living world, I guess? 9/
The key element of point 4 is "stability to mobilize investments" which I assume translates as "don't dare disrupt conditions for obscene short term fossil-fueled profits to actually invest in a zero-carbon future". 10/
Because moving to a zero-carbon future is going to mean immense investments, employment and business opportunities - just not for the fossil megacorps and their allied industries (automotive, aviation, road-building, etc). 11/
So yes, this document exposes @BusinessEurope as a pure shill for fossil-fueled interests and against the rest of the economy, never mind humanity. What I find chilling is how glibly they rattle off these points, not even having to spell them out fully. They have already won...12
... and are just maintaining their position of victory. We absolutely have to fight them, this is life or death for millions upon millions of humans (never mind other species). So here's some advice, sorry if you've seen it before. 13/
For scientists, the excellent "Denial of science" presentation by Mark Hixon, linked here. Also go read (or see) Merchants of Doubt and the Collapse of Western Civilization by Oreskes & Conway. Go go go! 14/
And for us all, the climate action trilogy I wrote is still one of my favorite (surprise! Leave others in replies, pls?) compilation of effective actions against the fossil lobby death eaters. Let's get them before they get us! End/
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