French Oil Company Ends Ties with American Trade Group

Last week marked another sign that big oil’s stand on climate change is faltering. This from the Washington Post:

French oil giant Total said Friday that it is quitting the American Petroleum Institute, becoming the first major petroleum company to leave the trade group.

Total said it was acting in line with the 2015 Paris agreement on climate change and that it could not reconcile differences with API over carbon pricing, subsidies for electric vehicles and the regulation of methane emissions.


Total also criticized API for supporting candidates during the recent U.S. elections who argued against U.S. participation in the Paris agreement.

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