Climate lobbying watchdog InfluenceMap revealed Friday that ExxonMobil met with European Commission officials who were finalizing the European Green Deal last fall, pushing the commission to take steps to ensure that drivers in Europe will continue driving cars that run on fossil fuels instead of transitioning to electric vehicles.According to a report released Friday by InfluenceMap, Exxon met with commission officials in November 2019 to request an extension of the Green Deal\u0026#039;s carbon pricing policy, known as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS), to tailpipe emissions.The policy currently only applies to \u0022stationary\u0022 carbon emissions sources such as power plants, requiring a cap on emissions for those sources.\u0022Give serious consideration to extending ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme) beyond stationary sources,\u0022 read the meeting notes, which were obtained by InfluenceMap through a FOIA request. \u0022Tailpipe emission legislation should be substituted with power plant to wheel emission regulation.\u0022Applying the scheme to tailpipe emissions would remove existing strict regulations on road emissions and could stall the rollout of electric cars, as drivers\u0026#039; costs would be capped if they still drive cars that run on fossil fuels. The European Commission is still determining whether it will include tailpipe emissions in the ETS, according to The Guardian.The Green Deal, which was released Wednesday and was denounced as a \u0022surrender\u0022 by climate action leader Greta Thunberg, stops short of phasing out combustion engines for vehicles. The plan demands that European countries reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, which many climate scientists and advocates say is too late to stem the climate crisis.Exxon met with European officials as it faces litigation in the U.S. regarding allegations that the company knew its carbon emissions could have a \u0022catastrophic\u0022 effect on the planet as early as 1977. The meeting in November was just one example of Exxon\u0026#039;s attempt to influence climate policy in Europe; since 2010, The Guardian reported last year, Exxon has spent more than $42 million on lobbying European officials.Exxon\u0026#039;s attempt to further weaken the European Green Deal represents \u0022a shift from the propagation of climate science denial towards a range of more subtle tactics and narratives to distract policymakers and the public away from an urgent and robust policy intervention on climate on the scale recommended by the IPCC\u0026#039;s 2018 special report on 1.5° warming,\u0022 said InfluenceMap.The November meeting is \u0022yet another evidence piece of an ongoing strategy by the company to capture the narrative on climate, dwelling on long-term technical solutions, while attempting to avert the decisive regulatory action that the IPCC believes is urgently required to mitigate against dangerous climate change,\u0022 said Edward Collins, director of corporate climate lobbying for the group.Pieter de Pous, policy advisor for the environmental policy think tank EG3, wrote that InfluenceMap\u0026#039;s revelation about Exxon may be a \u0022blessing in disguise.\u0022This may actually be a blessing in disguise.The German government is just as keen to undermine the #EGD by extending the ETS to transport (as well as buildings) which it will now find a lot harder to claim to do in good faith, thanks to #Exxonhttps://t.co/a3esmqcEFp— Pieter de Pous (@Pieter_de_Pous) March 6, 2020Attempts to weaken the European Green Deal by expanding the ETS \u0022will now find a lot harder to claim to do in good faith, thanks to Exxon,\u0022 wrote de Pous.