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Large Companies Prepared to Pay Price on Carbon

ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, BP and Shell, all major contributors to the Republican party… Shell, a co-owner of the Motiva oil refinery in Port Arthur, Tex., has added climate-related carbon taxes to its long-term budgets. Michael Stravato for The New York Times By CORAL DAVENPORT:  A version of this article appears in print on December 5, […]

Shell Oil Self-Imposes Carbon Pollution Tax High Enough To Crash Coal, Erase Natural Gas’s Value-Add

Comment received on this article: Shell hypocrisy at its best… Shell claim to price carbon emissions at $40/ton, but then ignore the conclusions! By Joe Romm on November 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm Royal Dutch Shell includes a high price for carbon dioxide when evaluating new projects. The $40 a metric ton price that Shell […]

Alaska Hunts Oil as Arctic Damage Shows Most Change From Climate

Robert Blaauw, Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s senior Arctic adviser, says his company is interested in the Arctic not for today but for 2050 — when power use will have doubled and two-thirds of energy will still come from fossil fuels. By John Lippert – Oct 2, 2013 10:47 PM GMT+0100 Extracts from extensive Bloomberg Markets […]

Of Shell, spill plans and sea ice

As Shell was being granted carte blanche for industrial recklessness on ice, new warnings were surfacing from scientists about the fate of the Arctic that couldn’t be any starker. In Nature, ice scientists examined the potentially catastrophic impacts of plausible Arctic thawing and the release of a giant methane bubble under the ice of the […]

North Sea leaks ‘reality check’ for British oil industry, says Greenpeace

Britain’s offshore rigs and platforms have leaked oil or other chemicals into the North Sea on 55 occasions over the past month alone, challenging claims by the industry that it has a strong safety and environmental record. Among the fields to have reported pollution discharges is Piper Alpha, the scene of the world’s worst offshore […]

Shell CEO Calls for Europe Carbon Reduction Target Extension

By Eduard Gismatullin – Jun 5, 2013 3:55 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser said Europe needs to extend its targets for curbing greenhouse gases and promoting renewable energy by a decade through 2030. “To actually change things you need time and we are a little bit concerned if you […]

Shell Admits Real Reason Coast Guard Had To Rescue Its Arctic Drilling Rig: Failed Tax Avoidance Scheme

By Ryan Koronowski on May 28, 2013 at 6:17 pm The main reason an offshore oil rig ran aground off the coast of Alaska late last year was because oil company Royal Dutch Shell was trying to depart state waters to avoid paying millions in taxes. Sean Churchfield, operations manager for Royal Dutch Shell in […]

When it comes to climate change, Shell is backing the wrong horse

Opinion: Shell, with its enthusiastic embrace of fracking, has a credibility problem ‘Shell faces up to climate change challenge” ran the headline in this paper last week. I wish it were true but the company has a credibility problem when it comes to the issue. It is betting everything on the presumption that we will […]

Opponents of Oxford’s partnership with Shell

Shell’s research money is also buying legitimacy for its unconscionable activities globally. These include human rights abuses in the Niger delta, reckless drilling plans in the Arctic, fracking in South Africa, and carbon-intensive tar sands extraction that undermines indigenous rights in Canada. Thursday 9 May 2013 Today sees the launch of a new partnership between […]

S&P Warns of Credit Downgrade for BP, Shell, Others

March 4, 2013 Oil and gas companies including BP and Shell will likely see declines in cash flows and credit downgrades if world leaders implement policies to limit GHG emissions, according to a study by Carbon Tracker and Standard & Poor’s. What A Carbon-Constrained Future Could Mean For Oil Companies’ Creditworthiness looks at how BP […]

Shell Sees Solar as Biggest Energy Source After Exiting Industry

By Eduard Gismatullin & Sally Bakewell – Feb 28, 2013 12:01 AM GMT Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) says solar power, a business it abandoned four years ago, may expand into the world’s biggest source of energy in the next half century. The proposition that photovoltaic panels will be the main power source by 2070 […]

Shell related article links 14 December 2012

Selection of Shell related article links kindly provided by a regular contributor All Roads Lead to Natural Gas-Fueled Cars and Trucks: Forbes-While oil development will continue to dominate its portfolio, the energy developer is now … Shell is well positioned to meet this demand,” says Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company. … What else […]

Shell environmental rhetoric, vs toxic reality

Introductory flowery rhetoric in a 1958 Shell advert: Shell Guide to LIFE IN THE CORN “In the growing and ripening stages corn and hay are a sanctuary for wild life which man does not invade.” The advert concludes with the slogan: “You can be sure of SHELL The Key to the countryside.” Presumably this was […]

Shell, EDF Lead 100 Companies Calling for Carbon Price

By Alex Morales on November 18, 2012 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) joined Electricite de France SA and more than 100 companies calling for lawmakers worldwide to put a “clear” price on carbon emissions in order to contain global warming. Companies invest trillions of dollars in energy and infrastructure projects, and, in most cases, don’t […]

Britain is sitting on a £1.5 trillion gas goldmine

Pilot wells caused two earthquakes in Lancashire last year and green campaigners warn the method could contaminate the water supply. By Tom Mcghie and Nick Craven Britain is sitting on a £1.5 trillion shale gas bonanza that could be worth more than the remaining North Sea gas. The amount is bigger than previously thought and would […]

The buck stops at the top

Political turmoil, the financial crisis and climate change are forcing board directors to play a more active role in managing risk 20 May 2012 The board of energy giant Royal Dutch Shell regularly sits down and plays out disaster scenarios. Advised by the company’s business intelligence unit, the board imagines what would happen if there […]

Shell attacks ‘ridiculous’ effects of European energy policy

Royal Dutch Shell has attacked the “ridiculous” impact of European energy policy, warning that governments are erasing the environmental benefits from expensive renewables by allowing coal use to increase. Europe is burning more coal, while demand for gas – which emits much less CO2 than coal – is declining Photo: GETTY IMAGES By Emily Gosden: 6:03PM […]

Selection of Article Links: 24 October 2012

Selection of article links supplied by a regular contributor Study for Shell’s Jackpine Oil Sands Mine Predicts ‘Unprecedented … Inside Climate News-Oct 22, 2012 Study for Shell’s Jackpine Oil Sands Mine Predicts ‘Unprecedented’ Losses in Animal Habitat (Edmonton Journal) · Methane Found in Drinking … Shell’s Tar Sands Expansion Could Be Illegal 22, 2012 […]

Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting?

FROM OUR SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE OCTOBER 2005 The Guardian: Shell shows cracks: “Another PR blunder from the House of Shell or a tragic piece of misreporting? “Ian McCredie, head of global security services at Shell, is reported to have told a Chatham House conference a tale of how up to 70 staff have been kidnapped […]

Revisiting an Arctic Tale of Ice and Shell

20/09/12: As Shell was getting ready to poke the first hole in the Chukchi Sea floor in Arctic Alaska to begin exploratory drilling, I was getting ready to give two talks in Alaska — the concluding lecture of the Next North Symposium at the Anchorage Museum on September 8, and one at the Noel Wien […]

Shell Arctic Setback Shows Risks, Environmentalists Say

By Jim Snyder – Sep 18, 2012 6:13 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA)’s decision to abandon oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic waters this year underscores the risks of working in harsh maritime conditions, environmentalists said. “We think it’s crazy,” said Niel Lawrence, senior attorney for the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council, which […]

MPs’ call to halt Arctic drilling amid safety concerns

Shell has reputedly invested almost $5bn in its Arctic projects. It suffered a major setback at the weekend after a huge containment dome designed to corral any Arctic spill broke down under trials. Shell abandoned drilling for the winter. By Roger Harrabin Environment analyst: 20 September 2012 Last updated at 02:21 A committee of MPs […]

Shell boss defends Alaska project as ice halts drilling

Oil chief dismisses fears of another Gulf spill after huge floe forces drill ship to move Terry Macalister, energy editor: Sunday 16 September 2012 17.51 BST The man at the centre of Shell’s controversial drilling programme in the Arctic has said he is aware of the responsibility on his head but is convinced the Anglo-Dutch […]

Federal scientists still wary of Shell’s Jackpine oilsands expansion

Documents reveal concerns ahead of fall public hearings into northern Alberta mine expansion The Canadian Press: Posted: Aug 27, 2012 12:18 PM ET A demonstration tailings pond in Shell’s Muskeg River oilsands mine in northern Alberta. The company’s ability to store the byproducts of oilsands extraction in a manner that doesn’t harm the environment is […]

Shell continues to delay drilling, waiting for containment barge

Week of August 19, 2012: Vol. 17, No.34 Shell continues to delay drilling, waiting for containment barge Although Shell has sent three of the vessels from its Arctic drilling fleet north to the Chukchi Sea, in preparation for its planned outer continental shelf exploratory drilling, the company’s drilling program remains on hold, waiting for the […]

For Shell, risks outweigh rewards for offshore oil drilling in Arctic

Jim Coburn, JD | Aug 08, 2012 Shell Oil’s spill response gear staged in Wainwright. Summer 2011. Ben Anderson photo Just two years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, another oil industry giant is poised to begin drilling in an even more forbidding, unpredictable and remote environment: the Alaskan shoreline.Shell […]

Canada’s Oil, the World’s Carbon

A version of this editorial appeared in print on July 30, 2012, on page A18 of the New York edition Last month, the State Department formally invited public comment on the issues it should consider in a new environmental assessment of the Keystone XL, a 1,200-mile pipeline that would connect the Alberta oil sands to […]



The End of Oil

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR John The following link provides access to information and graphs that may be of interest to some of your readers. PDF] “The End of Oil” It shows, for example that it took almost 150 years for the world to produce and consume its first trillion bbls of oil. Today, at current […]

Shell Gets Conditional Alberta Approval for Carbon-Capture Plan

By Edward Klump – Jul 11, 2012 8:52 PM GMT+0100 Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA), Europe’s biggest oil company, received conditional approval from Alberta’s energy regulator for a carbon capture and storage project planned north of Edmonton. A panel concluded it’s in the public interest for Shell’s Quest project to move ahead, Alberta’s Energy Resources […]

CO2 in Earth’s Atmosphere

John, Here is an article that I think your readers will find interesting. It is a frequently asked question. RealClimate: How do we know that recent CO2 increases are due to … Related… Study suggests rising CO2 in the past caused global warming This article tracks the increase in atmospheric CO2 for the last 50 […]

Why Shell is betting billions to drill for oil in Alaska

May 24, 2012: 9:19 AM ET This summer, the energy giant will begin exploring off the icy coast of Alaska — after years of resistance by environmentalists. The payoff could be the largest U.S. offshore oil discovery in a generation. By Jon Birger, contributor In Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost city in the U.S., it’s hard […]

Groups appeal air permit for Shell Arctic drilling

by Dan Joling / Associated Press: May 16, 2012 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Environmental and Alaska Native groups on Wednesday appealed an air permit granted by the Environmental Protection Agency to a Shell Oil drilling ship that could be used this summer in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska’s northern shore. The groups claim the Kulluk and […]

Shell’s stance on wind power reveals a profound truth of capitalism

Shell’s stance on wind power reveals a profound truth of capitalism When pushed to choose between profit and survival, the oil giant chooses profit – irrespective of collective consequence Andrew Simms: Tuesday 1 May 2012 15.52 BST They couldn’t “make the numbers work”. There’s something so blithe – and enormously telling – about the excuse […]

North Sea spills on the rise

Professor Andrew Watterson, the head of the occupational and environmental health research group at the University of Stirling, accused companies of playing down “the potentially catastrophic consequences” of gas and oil leaks. “ Karrie Gillett: MONDAY 09 2012 Sixty-nine oil and chemical spills in the North Sea have been reported in three months. Eighteen companies […]

Shell says being sued for causing climate change

Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:07am GMT By Tom Bergin LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) – Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it was being sued for causing climate change, suggesting recent court set-backs for environmentalists had not put an end to global warming lawsuits. The Anglo-Dutch group said in its annual report, published on Thursday, […]

Peter Voser article: Burning issue for leadership

Updated: 2011-11-09 By Peter Voser (China Daily) Coordinated global response is needed to meet challenge of providing more energy for more people and cutting CO2 Our world reached a significant milestone on Oct 31 when a mother gave birth to the Earth’s 7 billionth inhabitant. At this rate, the Earth will be home to more […]

Revealed: Shell’s poor safety record in the UK

“Shell’s poor regard for safety and their terrible communications over the last 10 days should be ringing major alarm bells…” Last week’s North Sea oil spill was not the first time Shell had found itself in trouble. Environment Editor Rob Edwards reports Shell has been officially censured for breaking safety rules 25 times in the […]

Shell: nothing wrong with fracking and unconventional gas

From pages 32, 33 34 & 35 of “Royal Dutch Shell and its sustainability troubles” – Background report to the Erratum of Shell’s Annual Report 2010 The report is made on behalf of Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands) Author: Albert ten Kate: May 2011. Shell: nothing wrong with fracking and unconventional gas In its […]

Tax grab casts doubt on Shell’s North Sea field plan

By Ross Davidson and Elaine Maslin Published: 30/07/2011 THE UK Government’s £10billion tax raid on North Sea operators has cast doubt on the future of another significant discovery. Oil and gas giant Royal Dutch Shell said yesterday it would not develop the Fram field, which holds hundreds of millions of barrels of oil, until it […]