Vote of Shame
Which is the worst corporate lobby group? You decide who has done most to disrupt climate talks in Copenhagen!
Six campaign groups have launched The Angry Mermaid Award to find the company who has done most to disrupt the climate talks in Copenhagen.
They hope the poll will help find which company or lobby group is doing the most to sabotage effective action on climate change. They want people to recognise those who promote and profit from climate change and what they call the 'perverse role of corporate lobbyists'.
Activists say that while “people, organisations and social movements around the world are calling for strong action to prevent climate change and ensure climate justice, big business has been lobbying to block effective action to tackle the problem.”
The nominations for the award include:
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) for being embroiled in a fake lobbying scandal against the US Climate Bill and for trying to hide the extent of its lobbying activities.
The European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC) that successfully lobbying for free allowances under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and for pushing to weaken EU and international climate policies.
Royal Dutch Shell for actively investing in the energy-intensive tar sands, at the same time as pushing unproven Carbon, Capture and Storage (CCS) technology as a solution to climate change, whilst undermining initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions.
Others nominees include the American Petroleum Institute (API),International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Monsanto and the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS) and Sasol.
The online poll is organised by Attac Denmark, Corporate Europe Observatory, Focus on the Global South, Friends of the Earth International Oilchange, International and Spinwatch.
You can read more and cast you vote online at www.angrymermaid.org
Voting closes on Sunday 13 December 2009 and the winner of the Angry Mermaid Award will be announced in Copenhagen on Tuesday 15 December 2009.