Big tech’s pro-climate rhetoric is not matched by policy action, report finds

Big tech’s pro-climate rhetoric is not matched by policy action, report finds

Tech companies poured $65m into lobbying in 2020 – but only 6% of their lobbying activity is targeted at climate policy

The world’s biggest tech companies are coming out with bold commitments to tackle their climate impact but when it comes to using their corporate muscle to advocate for stronger climate policies, their engagement is almost nonexistent, according to a new report.

Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Facebook and Microsoft poured around $65m into lobbying in 2020, but an average of only 6% of their lobbying activity between July 2020 and June 2021 was related to climate policy, according to an analysis from the thinktank InfluenceMap, which tracked companies’ self-reported lobbying on federal legislation.

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