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MEPs of the EPP, S&D, Greens/EFA and Renew groups, in ENVI committee
In order to protect the integrity of the European Unions' climate action, we urge you to ensure that the EU Commissioner nominee Wopke Hoekstra is not given the climate portfolio as planned.
As a former Shell employee with a history of support for policies and initiatives that are in conflict with climate solutions, this would be a dangerous appointment. We are asking for a climate champion leading the EU's green transition and not someone who is friendly with the fossil fuel industry. And that we address the corporate capture of EU politics with a conflict of interest framework.
Why is this important?
In the past decades, fossil fuel giants have paid millions in lobbying to keep Europe hooked on gas while blocking a transition to renewables. The fossil fuel industry is using the same tactics as Big Tobacco sponsoring greenwashing events for politicians and coming up with dubious research downplaying the dangers of climate change.
Now the EU stands ready to hand over the keys to our climate policy to a former Shell employee with a track record of putting profit ahead of the planet. This isn’t just about blocking Hoekstra from rolling back action on climate change, it’s about standing up for a politics free from fossil fuel links. It’s about building a firewall to protect decision making for public good rather than private interest. That's why we also need to address the corporate capture of EU politics with a conflict of interest framework.
If we want to start repairing our planet we need to make sure we’ve got the right people for the job. Right now EU leaders risk setting us back decades, by making Hoekstra our EU Climate Commissioner. That’l see the top job overseeing our climate policy handed to a fossil-fuel-friendly politician with a track record of pushing for more gas exploration.
As our MEPs are set to meet and interview Hoekstra, we can remind them that we are watching. If we speak up now we can compel them to shine a spotlight on his past and block his appointment.
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