The first two companies are ExxonMobil and Chevron.
The next closest automaker is BMW in 18th place.
This is not the first time, nor the second, that Toyota is reported on in a negative tone. Although the Japanese auto giant is in the throes of developing a new family of EVs, they continue to show up as one of the most reticent automakers when it comes to taking action against climate change.
It’s not that Toyota denies the current global climate crisis, it’s that they believe that switching over to EVs in the next decade is not the best avenue as it might not be sustainable. They fear infrastructure issues as well.
It is for this reason and variations on the theme that Toyota has been ranked as the third-worst corporation when it comes to climate change lobbying tactics. Other automakers that “made the list” include were BMW (18th), Daimler (24th), and Hyundai (25th).
“The corporate playbook for holding back climate policy has come a long way from science denialism but it is every bit as damaging,” Ed Collins, a director at InfluenceMap told The Guardian as reported by Carscoops. “What we are seeing is not limited to efforts to undermine regulations directly. It also involves prolific and highly sophisticated narrative capture techniques, leading governments down incredibly dangerous paths.”