The Planet’s Most Destructive: The Climate Culprit 100

Climate Culprits
Nov 4 · 10 min read

71% of climate emissions are caused by just 100 companies.
Here are the CEOs of 100 leading polluters.


While everyone is implored to change lightbulbs, these people are responsible for the organizations that create the most significant emissions in the world.

They also could be the ones to change course. The few humans in history to hold the planet’s future in their hands.

Some have made constructive steps. There’s so much more to do.
Their challenge: get to Net Zero by 2030.

This list is based on the work of the Political Economy Research Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


“Some people say that the climate crisis is something that we all have created. But that is not true. Because if everyone is guilty, then no one is to blame.

And someone is to blame.

Some people, some companies, some decision makers in particular have known exactly what priceless values they have been sacrificing to continue making unimaginable amounts of money. And many of you here belong to that group of people”

— Greta Thunberg

The 2019 Climate Culprit 100

(Greenhouse emissions, CO2 equivalent metric tons)

  1. Curtis A. Morgan, Vistra Energy — (139477048)
  2. Thomas A. Fanning, Southern Company — (98547185)
  3. Lynn Good, Duke Energy — (98003594)
  4. Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway — (76462070)
  5. Nick Akins, American Electric Power — (68135192)
  6. Mauricio Gutierrez, NRG Energy — (60414623)
  7. Donald J. Trump, U.S. Government — (55243323)
  8. Ben Fowke, Xcel Energy — (50470381)
  9. Charles E. Jones Jr., FirstEnergy — (40900043)
  10. Thad Hill, Calpine — (38140422)
  11. Darren Woods, Exxon Mobil — (36754879)
  12. James L Robo, NextEra Energy — (35029723)
  13. Terry D Bassham, Evergy Inc. — (34446006)
  14. Thomas F. Farrell II, Dominion Energy — (33860181)
  15. Leo P. Denault, Entergy — (33657207)
  16. Gary R. Heminger, Marathon Petroleum — (32082163)
  17. Jerry Norcia, DTE Energy — (31642519)
  18. William H Spence, PPL Corp. — (30278432)
  19. Warner L. Baxter, Ameren — (30114577)
  20. Kevin Fletcher, WEC Energy Group — (29299248)
  21. Lakshmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal — (27673735)
  22. Charles Koch, Koch Industries — (25047417)
  23. Andres Gluski, AES Corp. — (23762637)
  24. Greg C. Garland, Phillips 66 — (23442319)
  25. Joseph W. Gorder, Valero Energy — (23286227)
  26. Ben van Beurden, Royal Dutch Shell — (22515869)
  27. Michael K. Wirth, Chevron — (19862714)
  28. David B. Burritt, United States Steel — (19770733)
  29. Paul Segal, LS Power — (19634571)
  30. W. Anthony Will, CF Industries — (19025892)
  31. Paul Sukut, Basin Electric Power Cooperative — (18353204)
  32. Edward Breen, DowDuPont — (17672233)
  33. Patricia K. Poppe, CMS Energy — (17115019)
  34. John O. Larsen, Alliant Energy — (16661216)
  35. Pierre F. Lapeyre, Jr., Riverstone Holdings — (16274356)
  36. David J. Tudor, Associated Electric Cooperative Inc — (15973608)
  37. Paul Bowers, Plant Scherer (Georgia Power) — (N/A)
  38. Sean Trauschke, OGE Energy — (15263720)
  39. Bob Dudley, BP — (15185278)
  40. Daniel R. Revers, ArcLight Capital Partners — (15114904)
  41. Brenda Wren Burman, Navajo Generating Station (US Bureau of Reclamation) — (N/A)
  42. Stephen A. Schwarzman, Blackstone — (14363085)
  43. Phil Wilson, Lower Colorado River Authority — (14295987)
  44. Ralph Alexander, Colstrip Power Plant (Talen Energy) — (N/A)
  45. Scott C. Balfour, Emera — (13729526)
  46. Shemara Wikramanayake, Macquarie — (13654398)
  47. Kelcy Warren, Energy Transfer — (12988450)
  48. Paula Gold-Williams, San Antonio Public Service Board (CPS Energy) — (N/A)
  49. Patricia K. Collawn, PNM Resources — (12651415)
  50. James E. Brogdon Jr., Santee Cooper — (12521102)
  51. Seifi Ghasemi , Air Products & Chemicals — (12445638)
  52. Juan Ricardo Luciano, Archer Daniels Midland — (12381364)
  53. James C. Fish Jr., Waste Management — (12161639)
  54. Robert A. Osborne, Ohio Valley Electric — (12150561)
  55. Thomas J. Nimbley, PBF Energy — (11685562)
  56. Alan Armstrong, Williams Companies — (11628532)
  57. Joe Hamrock, NISOURCE INC — (11386012)
  58. Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim — (11365416)
  59. Lynn Moore, Laramie River (single power plant) — (11295360)
  60. Robert E. Murray, Murray Energy — (11232852)
  61. Ralph Izzo, Keystone Generating Station (PSEG) — (N/A)
  62. Don Gaston, Prairie State Generating — (11086886)
  63. Thomas F. Farrell II, Scana — (10860207)
  64. Tim Burke, Omaha Public Power District — (10642307)
  65. Barry Siadat, SK Capital Partners — (10404068)
  66. Richard D. Kinder, Kinder Morgan — (10205463)
  67. Patrick O’Loughlin, Buckeye Power Co — (10147111)
  68. Don Slager, Republic Services — (10078106)
  69. Christopher M. Crane, Exelon — (10036657)
  70. Donald E. Brandt, Pinnacle West Capital — (9810563)
  71. Aaron Zahn, JEA — (9610600)
  72. Duane Highley, Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association — (9608337)
  73. David Saggau, Great River Energy — (9102374)
  74. Jimmy Brock, Consol Energy — (8991597)
  75. Ashutosh Raghuvanshi, Fortis — (8932618)
  76. Lisa D. Johnson, Seminole Electric Cooperative — (8625368)
  77. Dr. Bernd Scheifele, HeidelbergCement — (8596037)
  78. Vicki Hollub, Occidental Petroleum — (8549950)
  79. A. James Teague, Enterprise Products Partners — (8518255)
  80. Robert W. Carter, Panda Power Funds — (8444241)
  81. Pat Pope, Nebraska Public Power District — (8417710)
  82. Fernando A. Gonzalez, Cemex — (8256671)
  83. Manuel Quevedo, PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.) — (8190782)
  84. Mike Hummel, Salt River Project — (8136193)
  85. Mark P. Vergnano, Chemours — (7963965)
  86. Worthing F. Jackman, Waste Connections Inc. — (7926168)
  87. Alan R. Hodnik, Allete — (7905895)
  88. Stephen F. Angel, Praxair — (7758228)
  89. R. Dan Eldredge, Intermountain Power Agency — (7694503)
  90. Bhavesh V. Patel, LyondellBasell — (7602442)
  91. Leo Denault, Entergy Independence Plant — (7306406)
  92. Wouter van Kempen, DCP Midstream Partners — (7130543)
  93. Tony Campbell, East Kentucky Power Cooperative — (6994857)
  94. Jeffery Hildebrand, Hilcorp Energy — (6928281)
  95. Steven C. Voorhees, WestRock — (6849111)
  96. Andres Gluski, JM Stuart (single power plant) — (6833336)
  97. Antony Ressler, Ares Management — (6615861)
  98. Roger K. Newport, AK Steel — (6598290)
  99. Albert Manifold, CRH PLC — (6587197)

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