French energy giant Total splits from largest US oil lobby over climate policy

Total, a French oil and gas giant, is leaving the American Petroleum Institute over frustration with the U.S. oil lobby group’s lack of support for policies to combat climate change.

Total on Friday criticized the American Petroleum Institute, the largest U.S. oil and gas trade group, over its support for the Trump administration’s withdrawal of direct regulation of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. It also flagged API’s lack of support for carbon pricing, and its opposition to subsidies for electric vehicles.

“We are committed to ensuring, in a transparent manner, that the industry associations of which we are a member adopt positions and messages that are aligned with
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