Kinder Morgan

InfluenceMap Score
E+
Performance Band
36%
Organisation Score
36%
Relationship Score
Modifications to InfluenceMap Scoring
Sector:
Energy
Head​quarters:
Houston, United States

Climate Lobbying Overview: Kinder Morgan appears to have limited but mainly negative engagement with climate-related policy. It does not appear to support the science of the IPCC while also appearing to lobby negatively on climate related regulations and supporting a continued role for fossil fuels in the energy mix.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Kinder Morgan’s messaging on climate policy appears to have evolved over time, however, the company remains vague in both its position on climate change and the need for global emissions reductions in line with IPCC recommendations. In 2021, Kinder Morgan published its climate change statement, where it states that climate change is a ‘global priority’ but does not mention the Paris Agreement or offer support for any specific temperature or emissions goals. In its 2019 ESG report, Kinder Morgan did state support for domestic and international efforts to mitigate climate change, although it is unclear if this support is for mitigation efforts that are in line with the IPCC’s requirements. However, a 2017 white paper published on its corporate website appears to be communicating misleading information around climate change science while evoking the threat of energy poverty as a justification for continued fossil fuel use.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Kinder Morgan appears to engage on a limited basis with climate-related policy and regulations. It does not disclose its positions on climate change policy, nor does it respond to CDP’s disclosure requests. A 2020 white paper published on its corporate website titled "The Need for Fossil Fuel" actively opposes the Renewable Fuel Standard. Previously, in 2017, Kinder Morgan attempted to weaken legislation on methane emissions reduction, though its 2019 ESG report states support for “performance-based” federal regulations on methane.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Kinder Morgan appears to advocate for the continuation of fossil fuels in the future energy mix. In its 2021 climate change statement, it promotes the continued use of fossil gas, describing it as a ‘lower-carbon fuel’ and back-up for renewables, while in 2020 it described fossil gas as a ‘key component’ to the energy future, statements that suggest support for a permanent rather than a transitional role for fossil gas in the energy mix. In the 2020 white paper "The Need for Fossil Fuels" Kinder Morgan points to the cost and lack of flexibility of renewable energy, while also appearing not to support the decarbonization of transport, emphasizing the drawbacks of EV’s in comparison to ICE vehicles. In 2019, a spokesperson for the company defended state-level adoption of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, a model law drafted by the American Legislative Exchange Council to criminalize protests against fossil fuel infrastructure.

Industry Association Governance: Kinder Morgan lacks a dedicated disclosure of its trade association links. Its 2019 Environmental Stewardship report includes a brief list of trade associations it is affiliated with but does not disclose the positions held within those associations or whether Kinder Morgan is aligned or misaligned on their climate policy positions. Kinder Morgan is a member of the American Gas Association, which appears to be actively lobbying to weaken climate policy in the US.

QUERIES
DATA SOURCES
Main Web Site Social Media CDP Responses Legislative Consultations Media Reports CEO Messaging Financial Disclosures
Communication of Climate Science
1 NS NA NS NS -2 -1
Alignment with IPCC on Climate Action
0 NS NA NS NS NS NS
Supporting the Need for Regulations
0 NS NA NS NS NS NS
Support of UN Climate Process
NS NS NA NS NS NS NS
Transparency on Legislation
-2 NA -2 NA NA NA NS
Carbon Tax
NS NS NS NS NS 1 NS
Emissions Trading
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Energy and Resource Efficiency
NS NS NS NS NS NS NS
Renewable Energy
-2 NS NS NS NS NS NS
Energy Transition & Zero Carbon Technologies
-1 -1 NS NS -1 -1 NS
GHG Emission Regulation
1 NS NS -1 NS 0 NS
Disclosure on Relationships
-1 NA -2 NA NA NA NS
Strength of Relationship
STRONG
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
WEAK
 
36%
 
36%

How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.