How a powerful US lobby group helps big oil to block climate action

How a powerful US lobby group helps big oil to block climate action

The American Petroleum Institute receives millions from oil companies – and works behinds the scenes to stall or weaken legislation

When Royal Dutch Shell published its annual environmental report in April, it boasted that it was investing heavily in renewable energy. The oil giant committed to installing hundreds of thousands of charging stations for electric vehicles around the world to help offset the harm caused by burning fossil fuels.

On the same day, Shell issued a separate report revealing that its single largest donation to political lobby groups last year was made to the American Petroleum Institute, one of the US’s most powerful trade organizations, which drives the oil industry’s relationship with Congress.

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