“The United States can help lead a shift of billions of dollars from last century’s dirty energy into the clean, renewable energy of the future, but EXIM’s fossil fuel approvals like Liwathon are a huge step backward.”
Next week, the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation is likely to consider a $500 million guarantee to help Polish oil and gas company PKN Orlen increase its imports of U.S. LNG, violating Biden’s commitment to end public finance for fossil fuels by the end of 2022.
From 2010-2021, the United States’ trade and development finance institutions provided nearly five times as much support to fossil fuels as to renewables — over $51.6 billion for fossils compared to just $10.9 billion for renewables.
“Today’s announcement by President Biden on international fossil finance is welcome but the lack of firm commitments falls short. We urge the Biden administration to add a clear commitment to an immediate phase-out, with no loopholes for gas or any other continued fossil support.”
Over 400 organizations from 50 countries signing onto a new letter called on the Joe Biden administration to immediately end all U.S. public financing for fossil fuels, including natural gas.
“If banks won’t stop funding climate devastation, our government must force their hand, and Senator Merkley’s bills would force the action we need,” said David Turnbull of Oil Change International.