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Shell’s institutionalised delusion

Comment by former Shell Exec Paddy Briggs on: “Climate change summit hijacked by world’s biggest polluter Shell, critics claim”

Paddy Briggs

on May 25th, 2009 at 9:36 am 

Another example of Shell’s institutionalised delusion that they are a player in the debate on the global energy future. At its most venal this was characterised by the dysfunctional and disingenuous corporate advertising of recent times that tried to suggest that Shell really cared about the energy mix and supported the development of renewable sources. Shell’s inevitable and predictable recent withdrawal from her Renewables business showed what a farce this was.

All of Shell’s focus is on hydrocarbons and all of their effects are directed towards the further depletion of finite resources and the processing and transportation of hydrocarbons to end consumers. I personally don’t object one bit to this. – Shell should do what it is good at doing and in the main they do these things well. But it is not in Shell’s interests that consumers switch from hydrocarbons to other energy – nor even that they use hydrocarbons more efficiently. Shell has virtually nobody in their employ working on anything but hydrocarbon related projects and it is just an absurd bit of bluster for them to be even present at this conference.

 

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