Oil bosses fight for relevance before climate talks
* CEOs of eight top oil companies to make joint call on climate
* To call for carbon pricing and more gas use
* "The bad guys are part of the solution" - Total CEO
By Ron Bousso, Susanna Twidale and Bate Felix
LONDON/PARIS, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Oil and gas industry leaders will launch a final charm offensive on Friday to highlight the sector's relevance in the global fight against climate change before a key summit in Paris later this year.
In an unprecedented public appearance, the bosses of Europe's top oil companies, who earlier this year jointly called on governments to introduce a global carbon pricing system, will be joined by the heads of the national oil companies of Saudi Arabia and Mexico who will lend their support to the initiative.
The rare show of unity at a time when companies are all struggling with a sharp drop in oil prices also highlights a deep rift with American oil companies such as Exxon Mobil and Chevron who stayed away from the initiative.
The chief executives of Total, Britain's BP and BG Group, Italy's Eni, Norway's Statoil , Spain's Repsol, Saudi Aramco and Pemex will again call for a global pricing system on carbon, which they say will give an economic incentive for the private sector to use cleaner sources of energy and to develop new technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS).
They will also again urge governments to dump coal in favour of cleaner natural gas in power plants and heavy industry. Continuación...