Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt: In fact, there are more fossil fuel lobbyists than representatives of the ten nations most impacted by the climate crisis. There is an increase of over 25% from COP26, showing the rising influence of the fossil fuel industry (see here). The research of Corporate Europe Observatory with Corporate Accountability and Global Witness identified these lobbyists, affiliated with some of the world's biggest polluting oil and gas giants such as Shell, Chevron and BP. They have launched a campaign to kick big polluters out of the negotiating table and ensure climate justice movements are steering the ship. It has already been endorsed by over 420 organisations and individuals. Climate policy is also made in the Wall Street and City of London while their representatives stem against meaningful actions to set regulatory provisions for financial investments and insurance companies.
Corporate prosecutions are a human rights violation. Everyone has the right for a fair trial and thus also the judge must not have a partisan corporate stance in the process he decides on. Many people say that the first corporate prosecution in history against Steven Donziger was less fair than many trials in China or Russia. Highly respected legal monitors and five jurists from the United Nations have determined his prosecution to be illegal. Donziger is a human rights lawyer who has defended the people from Ecuador who were poisoned by the massive and deliberate oil spill caused by Chevron/Texaco. In 2014 Chevron won the public eye lifetime award for the world´s worst behaving company. Since then many have died of cancer in the Amazonian forests. Now the Supreme Court has asked the Department of Justice in the US to rule on whether corporate prosecutions should be banned. Make sure your voice is heard since the stance of Biden is well known alas.
The global quest for new gas explorations amid the Ukraine war could cause temperatures to soar beyond the 1.5°C limit of safety. Emissions will add up to about 10% of the total amount of carbon dioxide that can safely be emitted by 2050. The amount of oversupply will be about five times as much gas as the EU imported from Russia last year, and about twice as much as Russia’s total gas exports. If there is no progress on COP27, by 2100 global heating will likely reach a 2.4°C level above pre-industrial times. The International Energy Agency warned last year that basically no new fossil fuel development shall take place no more. Besides this exploiting oil and gas in Africa was unlikely to benefit ordinary people on the continent, but it would produce a bonanza for multinationals and the corrupt elites in these countries.
The Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) is a climate killer treaty that has allowed corporations to sue states for billions like f.i. at a coal phase-out. Our politicians now want to reinstall this morally reprehensible and, according to a ECJ ruling, also illegal practice with a patched contract. From our point of view, however, there is nothing to be patched here: Politically necessary decisions can also reduce future profits of corporations and it is fundamentally wrong to let the taxpayer bleed for that. This is entrepreneurial risk and state leaders must therefore weigh up the actions to be taken. The company must not stand above the state, but the state has to set the framework. In many cases, however, the effect is a prevention of public measures under the treaty, not even their assumption, as these could simply be unaffordable. It is a travesty of justice if the corporations set up the rules for themselves. Measures such as price caps against inflation can also be grounds for complaint because they can reduce the future profit prospects of corporations. So urge our heads of state to reject the ECT on November 22nd!
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Since python2 is no more installed by default on many systems or not even available as on MacOS we have ported the vpngate-extract script to python3. The old python2 version can still be downloaded as in the brackets. VPNgate-extract can be used to extract .ovpn files from a list with download URL given by --help in order to connect to free VPNs around the world. VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and it enables you to connect to another computer in some other country and see the internet as from there.