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Spain's biggest polluter is sponsoring the latest UN climate talks by Dharna Noor December 04,2019   |  Source: Gizmodo

Endesa is the largest electric utility provider in Spain and the country’s biggest corporate greenhouse gas polluter, emitting some 60 million tons of carbon each year. It’s also a sponsor of the United Nations’ international climate conference (known as COP25) that began in Spain on Monday.

The company paid $2.2 million to be a diamond sponsor of the conference, though they’ll receive some of that money back in tax incentives, according to a report from El Periodico. In exchange for their funding, Endesa received an exhibition space in the conference’s stakeholder area.

On the day the conference began, the company also bought front-page ads in several major Spanish newspapers advertising their participation in the conference. Patrick Galey, a science and environment correspondent for AFP, called the ads “Orwellian.”

“Having a fossil fuel company sponsor climate talks...is a pretty obvious conflict of interest,” he told Earther in a Twitter direct message. “In 2019, when the world is already dealing with climate-related disasters, when millions are displaced by floods, storms, and drought, the optics of it are poor.”

The 25,000 representatives from 200 countries at COP25 are tasked with creating plans to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees

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