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Oil companies have bid $192 million for drilling rights in the Gulf of Mexico , highlighting the challenge of actually enforcing the COP26 agreement. Australia immediately repudiated key aspects of COP26 after signing , specifically the pledge to reduce the use of coal. Critics ranging from Greta Thunberg to the Secretary of the United Nations have criticized the COP26 climate agreement for failing to go far enough to curtail global emissions. India forced the COP26 climate deal to change its language on reducing coal emissions , replacing the phrase “phase out” with the more milder “phase down.” The largest delegation at the COP26 climate conference is affiliated with the fossil fuel industry . Perhaps this is why Greta Thunberg has called the COP26 climate conference a failure . “It is not a secret that COP26 is a failure. It should be obvious that we cannot solve a crisis with the same methods that got us into it in the first place,” she said. As if to make her point, Japan has refused to sign the statement on ending the use of coal-powered plants . The CEO of Exxon has been accused of lying to Congress about his company’s knowledge of its contribution to climate change ––and its attempts to cover that all up. A major document leak has revealed that wealthy nations like Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Australia (among others) are pressuring the UN to slow their shift away from climate change . Wealthy nations are also questioning why […]