corporate influence


BP Should Not Shirk Climate Responsibility at Annual General Meeting

, climate accountability campaign manager

Tomorrow, BP holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in London. BP’s is the first in a series of fossil fuel company annual shareholders’ meetings between now and the end of May. Annual shareholders’ meetings provide a once-a-year opportunity to pressure corporate decision makers on their actions, get them on the record, and even change their companies’ business practices. As I noted in an earlier blog, climate deception is on the agenda at many of these meetings this spring. Read more >

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The Trouble with Science Funding

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

“We should acknowledge the elephant in the room” one panelist said.

Last week I attended a half-day event put on by Scientific American.  The topic was media coverage of scientific topics and the “elephant” was the event’s corporate sponsorship. Read more >

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Climate Deception on Agenda at Fossil Fuel Company Annual Meetings

, climate accountability campaign manager

Spring is on the horizon, bringing crocuses, daffodils, cherry blossoms, birdsong. . . and corporate annual shareholders’ meetings. This week marks the release of a vital resource for shareholders seeking to make their voices heard on issues like climate change and political spending during the annual meeting season. Read more >

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As Typhoon Melor threatens the Philippines, a Filipino boy prepares a fishing net. Photo: Francis R. Malasig/EPA

Holding the Fossil Fuel Industry Accountable: What We’ve Done and Must Do in the Wake of Paris

, director of science & policy

As we celebrate the landmark Paris Agreement and the momentum it creates for accelerating the pace of clean energy adoption and climate preparedness in the U.S. and internationally, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) will also keep working to ensure that the fossil fuel industry does not stand in the way of needed progress.

Building on our successful efforts earlier this year to motivate BP and Royal Dutch Shell to leave the climate-science-denying American Legislative Exchange Council, here are a few recent outcomes from our climate accountability campaign: Read more >

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Who’s Against Healthy School Lunches for Kids? (No Really, Who Is?)

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Debates about child nutrition and the quality of taxpayer-subsidized school lunches are heating up in the nation’s capital. Last week, the Partnership for a Healthier America (the non-profit spin-off of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative) held its annual summit here. And this week, the School Nutrition Association, a trade group representing 55,000 school food service professionals, is holding a DC conference complete with “lunch ladies” lobbying members of Congress. Sounds great, right? Read more >

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