The Guardian reports on a study finding that the oil-and-gas industry “substantially rewards US legislators with campaign donations when they oppose environmental protections”. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, documented how lawmakers’ scores from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) dipped and then were followed by campaign funding from the industry. “On average, a 10% decrease in the LCV score in an election cycle was associated with an additional $1,700 in campaign money from the corporations the following cycle,” the Guardian says. DeSmogBlog also covers the study.
Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports that the American Petroleum Institute (API), which it describes as “Big Oil’s most powerful Washington lobby group”, is “insisting it can still represent European energy majors, even as some of its most important members such as BP tilt to a greener agenda that is at odds with some of its major policy positions”. This week, BP intends to follow up with a review of its memberships in groups such as API. “It is prepared to quit those at odds with its new climate agenda, the UK oil major said, and seek policy shifts at others,” the FT reports.