Corporate Europe Observatory – Polluters profiting from pandemic bailouts:How the fossil fuel industry is using the COVID-19 crisis to capture public funds and lock in dirty energy

The fossil fuel industry is cashing-in on the COVID-19 pandemic, to entrench its position, capture public recovery money, and push false solutions that pave the way to climate catastrophe. COVID-19 is a global health crisis, and in Europe alone there have been over 4.2 million cases and nearly 215,000 deaths. But as with other crises – from the financial crisis of 2008 to the climate crisis – it has not affected everyone equally. The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted existing inequalities, with poorer and marginalised socio-economic groups, and minorities, disproportionately impacted.

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