Group files climate complaint against US credit agency over fossil fuel loans
An environmental group on Tuesday filed a complaint with an international organization alleging the U.S. export credit agency still invests taxpayer dollars into fossil fuel projects abroad despite U.S. government pledges to end such investments.
The complaint filed by Friends of the Earth to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development alleges that the U.S. Export-Import Bank's (EXIM) financing of large oil and gas projects abroad violates the Biden administration's promise to stop international public finance for fossil fuels.
It says EXIM has not taken substantive action to reduce its portfolio of greenhouse gas emitting projects and transactions, and does not disclose the full scope of emissions that would arise as a result.
EXIM in a statement to Reuters said it seeks to align with the administration’s climate agenda while complying with a rule that prohibits it from discriminating based solely on industry, sector or business.