Activists: Why are coal, oil firms at UN talks?

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KATOWICE, Poland (AP) Environmental activists are questioning the presence of coal, oil and gasoline companies at this year's U.N. climate talks.

Pascoe Sabido of the Brussels-based Corporate Europe Observatory claimed Wednesday that firms responsible for significant greenhouse gas emissions are getting access to negotiations and holding high-profile events during the U.N. climate talks in Poland.

Sabido accused companies such as Polish coal and gas firm Tauron, which is offering free rides around Katowice in electric cars, of using the event to "greenwash" their activities.

Activists noted the ties between energy companies and national or state governments at the conference lobbying on their behalf.

Sabido suggested there should be a "firewall" between corporations and delegates similar to the one that the World Health Organization established to prevent tobacco firms from influencing anti-smoking negotiations.