Cracks emerge in the oil lobby over climate change

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European-based oil giants’ evolving steps on climate change are cracking — but not yet rupturing — the industry’s lobbying and advocacy relationships in the U.S.

Driving the news: This morning BP said it’s leaving three groups over differences on climate policy: American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, the Western States Petroleum Association, and the Western Energy Alliance.

Why it matters: It’s the most wide-ranging move yet by oil giants who are re-evaluating their trade group memberships as part of efforts to do more on global warming and as they face activist pressure. Last year, Shell and Total left AFPM too.

And it signals wider fault lines within the industry over climate as some companies, including BP, call for steps including carbon pricing and regulating methane emissions.

What they did: BP, which rolled out new climate pledges two weeks ago, this morning said it reviewed 30 memberships worldwide to see how in sync they were with BP’s posture.

They surveyed topics like support for the Paris agreement, climate science, carbon pricing, regulations and more.

What they found: 22 groups were aligned with BP’s priorities. Five were “partially aligned,” while they were “unable to reconcile” their views with the three they’re leaving.

BP said it broke with AFPM because they’re “misaligned