Friday, November 22, 2019

IETA stop pushing Big Polluters schemes at climate talks

Have you heard of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)? I wouldn't be surprised if you hadn't -- it is the industry group that the likes of Chevron, Shell, and other Big Polluters don't want you to know about. And it is working tirelessly to derail meaningful progress on climate change.

In just days, I'll be heading to the U.N. climate talks in Madrid with a team of organizers and allies. There we'll go toe to toe with IETA and other industry groups doing the bidding of Big Polluters. This year's U.N. climate talks is a critical moment when governments will make decisions that will go a long way in determining whether the Paris Agreement helps deliver climate justice or simply continues business as usual.

On the one hand are millions of people like you demanding just solutions to address the climate crisis. On the other are the very corporations and industries that have knowingly fueled this crisis, pushing a misleading and dangerous agenda that pads their profits and worsens the climate crisis.

One of the most prevalent voices doing Big Polluters' dirty work is IETA. It was founded by and exists to advance the interests of Big Polluters like BP, Shell, and Chevron in climate policymaking. And that's exactly what it'll be doing in Madrid. Last year when a Shell executive bragged about how the corporation helped shape the Paris Agreement, they were speaking about their involvement through IETA.1

When we show up in Madrid, we'll challenge this dangerous agenda to advance real solutions to address the climate crisis. But we need to make it crystal clear that Big Polluters and the shills that represent their interests have no place at the climate talks, nor do their dangerous schemes like Carbon markets and emissions trading regimes.

Under Carbon trading, a country or a polluter having more emissions of carbon is able to purchase the right to emit more and the country or entity having fewer emissions sells the right to emit carbon to other countries or entities. The countries or polluting entities emitting more carbon thereby satisfy their carbon emission requirements, 

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