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Toyota, Third Company with the Most Negative Influence on Climate Change

Those are the three companies that most negatively influence climate change.

Aerial photo of the Toyota Center Arena

Toyota has allocated resources against the regulations that have been made in order to phase out internal combustion engines and allow the transition to electric vehicles. Photo: Unsplash

LatinAmerican Post | Brandon Martínez Salazar

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According to the United Nations, the term climate change refers directly to all those long-term changes in temperatures and climate patterns on the planet. Although these changes could be due to purely natural causes, since the last century the actions of human beings have been the main reason for the environmental problems that exist today. So the exploration and burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, generate greenhouse gases that trap heat. There are many commercial activities that have contributed to this situation, such as, for example, the industrial, agricultural and transport sectors, which are increasing the carbon footprint in the earth's atmosphere; damaging air quality and affecting people's health.

Now, the Paris Agreement was a historic pact that was reached in 2015 at COP21 in Paris. There, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), promised to create policies to combat climate change and also intensify the actions necessary to reduce carbon emissions and invest in a sustainable future. In addition, it would be a common agreement of all countries to initiate real alternatives and help underdeveloped nations to do so. Today it seems that its objective is still far from being realized as there are companies that still continue to negatively influence climate policy.

Three global companies negatively influencing climate change

A 2021 climate policy footprint report from InfluenceMap has identified three global companies that continue to obstruct the Paris Agreement initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions :

1. ExxonMobile: Greenpeace England revealed in a recent investigation that this oil company allocated resources to dismiss President Joe Biden's climate initiative.

Keith McCoy, senior director of ExxonMobil's government affairs team in Washington, DC, says he had weekly conversations with an influential Democratic senator to remove tax payments and regulations limiting pollutant emissions from oil companies.

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In addition, he noted that Exxon created "shadow groups" whose purpose was to misinform in order to protect its financial interests.

2. Chevron: This oil company has also been involved in disinformation campaigns, the purpose of which was to block actions to address environmental policy. It should be noted that since the 1970s, these companies, through their own investigations, discovered the risks caused by their activities and for the same reason they have been hiding it. Its funding to climate change denier groups has made it one of the most influential companies on the issue.

3. Toyota Motor: It is the third company worldwide on the InfluenceMap list that contributes the most to climate change since it has developed advertising campaigns where it rejects the proposals and conditions that were made in the Paris Agreement.

In such a way that Toyota has allocated resources against the regulations that have been made in order to phase out internal combustion engines and allow the transition to electric vehicles. Therefore, this automotive company is not very committed to reducing polluting emissions from its vehicles.