By Andy Rowell
“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.”
The history of Big Oil‘s climate denial campaign is littered with slightly progressive sounding front groups trying to give the impression that the industry cares about climate change.
From the Global Climate Coalition, the Climate Council, the Global Climate Science Team to the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, the industry has repeatedly tried to create an illusion that it’s taking climate change seriously while undermining any meaningful action.
Take the Climate Change Coalition, which was active in the nineties. It was no coalition of concerned citizens, but was made up of BP, Shell, Exxon and Texaco, and its aim was to derail climate action.
The newest manifestation is the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) which will announce its latest plans to solve climate change on Nov. 4, the day the Paris agreement comes into effect.
According to a press release, “The OGCI will announce details of the next phase in their collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
So what is the OGCI?
Formed in 2014, the initiative says it is “a CEO-led organization designed to catalyze practical action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is currently made up of ten oil and gas companies that aim to lead the industry response to climate change.”
President-elect Donald Trump has announced he is to leave his business empire to focus on the presidency and avoid perceived conflicts of interest.
Mr Trump gave few details but said he would expand on his plans at a press conference next month.
He has previously dismissed concerns over potential conflicts between his businesses and the presidency.
Meanwhile, former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin confirmed he had been picked as treasury secretary.
Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross has been chosen for commerce secretary.
Mr Trump meanwhile focused on his plans to distance himself from his business in a series of four tweets released over 20 minutes.
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Oct, 19 2016
NYC has been a proven leader in long-term sustainability planning, but Hurricane Sandy was a profound wake-up call that showed how vulnerable the City was to extreme weather events. NYC’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency is charged with leading the City’s efforts to build a stronger, more resilient New York & implementing recommendations laid out in ‘One NY: The Plan for a Strong & Just City.’
Where does the city stand in the implementation of its plan? What else can the city do to be more resilient & protect New Yorkers from the harmful impacts of extreme events? Moderated by the Earth Institute’s Steven Cohen, and featuring Curtis Cravens, George Deodatis, Kate Orff, and Adam Sobel, this discussion will focus on how NYC – and other cities like it – can take steps to become stronger and more resilient in the face of climate change.
Moderator: Steven Cohen, Executive Director, the Earth Institute and Professor of Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
George Deodatis, Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor; Chair, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Kate Orff, Associate Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Director, Urban Design Program
Adam Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Director, Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate
Curtis Cravens, Senior Advisor for Coastal Resiliency, New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency
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