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Oil hunt raises risk of climate disaster

By Peter Husk: Saturday May 23, 2015 There’s an Alice-in-Wonderland quality about Royal Dutch Shell’s attitude towards the risks involved in its plan to drill for oil in the US Arctic. The decision has sparked protests in Seattle, where the Polar Pioneer, one of two rigs the Anglo-Dutch oil giant intends to use, is berthed. Shell […]

Shell boss endorses warnings about fossil fuels and climate change

Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Shell, acknowledges that we cannot burn all the world’s fossil fuel reserves without risking a breach of the 2C limit needed to prevent catastrophic climate change. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Terry Macalister and Damian Carrington: Friday 22 May 2015  read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Shell CEO Defiant On Arctic Drilling

By Andy Tully: Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015 Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says that whereas the Anglo-Dutch company is aware of the dangers that fossil fuels pose to the environment, it is also realistic and therefore determined to press ahead with plans to drill for energy in the Arctic. Addressing shareholders at […]

Shell lays out its Arctic plans

Article by Jennifer A. Dlouhy published May 21, 2015 by The Houston Chronicle Shell lays out its Arctic plans Photo: Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle SEATTLE – The executive leading Shell’s Arctic drilling program on Thursday outlined ambitions to drill new wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer, instead of returning to the one the company started three […]

Energy divestment campaigns a ‘red herring’, says Shell CEO

Markets | Thu May 21, 2015 London Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden on Thursday slammed as a “red herring” calls for investors to divest from energy companies as part of the fight against climate change. Van Beurden singled out the “Keep it in the Ground” campaign led by British newspaper The Guardian […]

This Growing ‘Green’ City May Be The Front Line In Climate Change Battle

Lynne Peeples: [email protected] This Growing ‘Green’ City May Be The Front Line In Climate Change Battle SEATTLE — “That doesn’t even look like a boat. How does it float?” Elizabeth Spence, 8, peered through a chain-link fence at a massive yellow drilling rig, newly docked a short stretch away. Her dad had brought her here on […]

Climate change a serious security threat, warns Obama

President Obama has called climate change “a serious threat to global security” and heavily criticised climate change deniers. In his strongest remarks on the issue yet, Mr Obama said climate change would “impact every country on the planet”. The US president made his comments in a speech to students at the Coast Guard Academy in […]

Despite Seattle Protests Royal Dutch Shell Remains Defiant In Its Arctic Drilling Plans

By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: May 20, 2015 The protests against Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) plans to drill in the Arctic have been going on for days in Seattle. The city’s port has seen hundreds of demonstrators including environmental groups and city residents protesting on kayaks and canoes to oppose Arctic drilling, as well as […]

Shell, climate change and a question of reality

By John Donovan Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is said to have lambasted fossil fuel critics at the Shell AGM yesterday, accusing them of ignoring reality. Two days earlier, Terry Macalister of The Guardian, who has always been scrupulously fair in his comments and reporting in relation to Shell, seemed to suggest that it is Mr […]



Royal Dutch Shell undaunted by Seattle port backlash

Article by Phuong Le, The Associated Press, Published Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Royal Dutch Shell undaunted by Seattle port backlash SEATTLE — Neither a protest by hundreds of demonstrators nor a permit violation notice from the city will halt Royal Dutch Shell’s use of a Seattle seaport terminal as it prepares for exploratory oil drilling in […]

Shell Oil’s Cold Calculations for a Warming World

By McKENZIE FUNKMAY: 18 May 2015 Shell Oil’s Cold Calculations for a Warming World “Shell screwed up,” said Ken Salazar, the interior secretary at the time. Last week, when the Obama administration gave tentative approval to Shell Oil’s plan to return to the Arctic after its disastrous attempt to find oil there in 2012, I […]

Shell’s Arctic oil exploration rig draws hundreds in protest at Seattle port

Rose Hackman in New York: Monday 18 May 2015 At least 200 Seattle environmental protesters blocked the entrance to a terminal in Seattle’s port on Monday where a massive Royal Dutch Shell drill rig is temporarily resting on its way to explore for oil in Alaska this summer. The 400ft long, 355ft tall Shell rig, named […]

The real story behind Shell’s climate change rhetoric

The real story behind Shell’s climate change rhetoric Terry Macalister: 17 May 2015  …we reveal Shell’s pursuit of ever riskier reserves is at odds with its own forecasts for dangerous global warming “Meanwhile, a recent, seismic corporate event put even greater distance between Van Beurden’s words and reality.” FULL ARTICLE Like this:Like Loading…

Obama Seeks Oil Demand, Climate Balance With Shell Arctic Permit

Article by Rakteem Katakey published 18 May 2015 by U.S. President Barack Obama is balancing the need to meet oil demand and concerns about climate change as his government considers final approvals for Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Arctic drilling plans, according to a state department official. “If you go up to Alaska and speak to many […]

Arctic oil protesters rally at Seattle port where Shell rig is docked

KING-5 TV, Seattle and Associated Press: May 18, 2015 Arctic oil protesters rally at Seattle port where Shell rig is docked SEATTLE — People protesting Arctic oil drilling marched Monday to the entrance of Terminal 5 at the Port of Seattle Monday, where a massive floating drill rig is parked on the waterfront. Police say arrests […]

Shell accused of strategy risking catastrophic climate change

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Shell’s Arctic voyage marks beginning of peak oil era

Shell’s Arctic voyage marks beginning of peak oil era Anglo-Dutch company’s search for resources in the Arctic is a sign that the world is running out of options for new oil reserves By Andrew Critchlow, Commodities editor In his critically acclaimed 2005 book ‘Twilight in the Desert’, the prominent oil economist Matthew R. Simmons predicted […]

Hundreds of activists launch floating protest against new Arctic drilling rig

Hundreds of activists launch floating protest against new Arctic drilling rig: Sunday 17 May 2015 Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets took to the water off Seattle in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Royal Dutch Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the […]

What’s at stake: The debate over Arctic drilling

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell is planning to park two massive Arctic oil drilling rigs in Seattle’s waterfront before they head north — but the petrochemical giant will first have to get around protesters in kayaks and others who want to thwart the new frontier in oil exploration and spark a national debate […]

Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet

Seattle mayor snubs Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet: 5 May 2015 Local officials are trying to stop Shell’s Arctic oil-drilling fleet from docking at Seattle’s harbor for the summer, saying that current arrangements go against the port terminal’s land-use permit. Shell has multiple ships and oil rigs en route. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the current […]

Shell’s Arctic return faces hurdle at Seattle port

Shell’s Arctic return faces hurdle at Seattle port By Timothy Gardner: 4 May 2015 May 4 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell’s quest to return to Arctic drilling for the first time in three years could face delays after Seattle ruled that the city’s port must apply for a permit for the company to use it […]

Kayakers prep for oil-drilling protests in West Seattle

By Seattle Times Staff: 3 May 2015 Kayakers prep for oil-drilling protests in West Seattle About 19 advanced kayakers learned self-rescue techniques and how to assist when a kayak capsizes in anticipation of the upcoming flotilla protest May 16 in Elliott Bay. Judging from the water-safety preparations and drills off Seacrest Park in West Seattle, […]

Campaign to blacklist fossil fuel investments

According to an article published by The Financial Times on 26 April 2015: “The Prince of Wales is the most prominent name to emerge from a Financial Times’ survey of British individuals and institutions that are shunning coal, oil and gas company holdings.” The FT article – PRINCE CHARLES SHUNS FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS – lists […]

Shell Said to Hire Barclays to Arrange $15 Billion BG Loan

Article by Stephen Morris published 17 April 2015 by Royal Dutch Shell Plc hired Barclays Plc to help arrange a 10 billion pound ($15 billion) loan to help fund its purchase of BG Group Plc, two people with knowledge of the matter said. The short-term bridge facility will replace an existing 3 billion-pound loan provided […]

Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels

From an article by Damian Carrington  published Wednesday 1 April 2015  by The Guardian newspaper Guardian Media Group to divest its £800m fund from fossil fuels The Guardian Media Group (GMG) is to sell all the fossil fuel assets in its investment fund of over £800m, making it the largest yet known to pull out of coal, […]

Shell cynically blocking action on climate change, says ex-diplomat

From an article published by The Guardian on Monday 30 March 2015 Shell cynically blocking action on climate change, says ex-diplomat Shell and its oil and gas peers are narcissistic, paranoid and psychopathic, and engaged in a cynical attempt to block action on global warming, according to the UK’s former climate change envoy. read moreLike […]

Revolutionary Peterhead carbon capture and storage project spearheaded by Shell

From an article by Joshua King published on 30 March 2015 by the Aberdeen Press & Journal under the headline: Plans for revolutionary Peterhead energy project revealed Extracts Plans for a pioneering clean energy project in the north-east have been formally tabled with Aberdeenshire Council in a major milestone for the multimillion-pound scheme. The carbon […]

Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences


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By Seattle Times editorial board published 23 March 2015 under the headline: Terminal 5 Shell lease is not the right arena to debate climate change SOON, two huge oil rigs will be parked at the Port of Seattle, preparing for a summer sailing to the Alaskan Arctic and for exploratory drilling. The Port’s decision in February to […]

Shell’s climate change strategy: narcissistic, paranoid, and psychopathic

In an open letter to Shell’s Ben Van Beurden, the UK’s former top climate envoy says now is the time for to show leadership  By John Ashton Dear Mr van Beurden – one month ago, at the IP Week dinner in London, you gave a speech calling on your peers, as you put it in […]

Shell reports on plans for Arctic drilling

Article by Carey Restino published 13 March 2015 by The Bristol Bay Times “After 2012, every aspect of our plan is under a microscope and every aspect is carefully monitored, including the impact on marine mammals,” Leaders from southwest Alaska were briefed last week on Shell Oil’s plans for the 2015 season, hearing how the […]

Port: Enviros playing politics with suit against Shell Arctic fleet homeport

From an article by Joel Connelly published 11 March 2015 by  Port: Enviros playing politics with suit against Shell Arctic fleet homeport Extracts Environmentalists are using a court suit to pursue political goals and have no legal standing to block a lease that will base Shell’s Arctic oil drilling fleet at Terminal 5 on […]

Shell divides $46.5 million between 15,500 Nigerians in oil spill compensation

Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has allocated N600,000 (approx. US$3,000) to each of 15,500 indigenous peoples of Bodo, in the Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, as a monetary compensation for its excessive oil spills in the past years. These oil spills have had a damaging effect on the Ogoni environment. The compensation was […]

Another nail in the coffin of tar sands

BBC NEWS: Obama vetoes Keystone oil pipeline bill: 24 Feb 2015 US President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill that would have approved construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The Republican-led Congress sent the bill to the president on Tuesday. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama vetoed the bill “without any drama or […]

Plea to Shell from students of the International School of the Stockholm Region

Plea to Shell from students of the International School of the Stockholm Region  COPY OF AN EMAIL SENT TO MICHIEL BRANDJES, JOHN DONOVAN AND OTHERS Dear Shell, We are students from the International School of the Stockholm Region and we are writing to express our concern about how your company is affecting our environment. Each year […]

Shell boss calls fossil fuel critics ‘naive’ but admits Big Oil has ‘credibility issue’

From an article by Terry Macalister published by The Guardian 12 February 2015 Ben van Beurden urges oil industry to be more assertive, arguing that debate is about balancing moral obligation of energy access for all with fighting climate change Extract Ben van Beurden urged fellow industry leaders meeting in London to be “more assertive” […]

Oil company employees should consider quitting their jobs

From an article by Jonathan Porritt published by The Guardian on 10 February 2015 under the headline: “Oil company employees should consider quitting their jobs” read moreLike this:Like Loading…

Arctic Oil On Life Support

From an article by Nick Cunningham published 1 Feb 2015 under the headline: “Arctic Oil On LifeSupport” Oil companies have eyed the Arctic for years. With an estimated 90 billion barrels of oil lying north of the Arctic Circle, the circumpolar north is arguably the last corner of the globe that is still almost […]

Shell bows to investor pressure on climate risk

WASHINGTON Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:49pm EST (Reuters) – In a rare move, oil major Shell on Thursday backed a resolution proposed by activist investors to force the company to recognize climate change risks by improving its transparency. Shell’s executive vice president of investor relations JJ Traynor said the company would urge shareholders to vote […]