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The Wall Street Journal: Energy Blog: Now Even GM is Turning Green

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May 8, 2007, 12:16 pm
General Motors has joined the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a group of companies calling for a mandatory cap on greenhouse-gas emissions

GM is the first auto maker to join the group, which added several other new members today, including oil giant ConocoPhillips, Royal Dutch Shell’s U.S. subsidiary, insurance company American International Group and tractor maker Deere. Founding members of the group include BP’s BP America, Duke Energy, General Electric and DuPont.

GM and auto makers have resisted efforts to raise fuel-economy standards for their vehicles, saying the costs of compliance would be crippling and arguing that the burden of fighting carbon emissions should be shared throughout the economy.

GM said in a statement that it sees “the need to promote energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as both a business necessity and an obligation to society.’’

But it also sees the need to keep selling its profitable big trucks and SUVs. Today, GM said it was rolling out a new round of sales incentives, including zero-percent financing, for its redesigned lineup of full-size pickup trucks.

– Mark Gongloff


What counts when it comes to Big Oil and the environment is deeds, not words.

The environmental track record of Royal Dutch Shell does not inspire confidence. The tragic explosion at a Shell Oil refinery in Norco in which six people lost their lives, Clean Air Act violations, repeated environmental infringements in Louisiana, a pipeline rupture in Washington State which resulted in an explosion and more deaths, repeated multimillion dollar fines for groundwater contamination, more fines for unauthorised venting and flaring of gas. Details can be found on Wikipedia at

Shell has also been guilty of causing hellish pollution in Nigeria for decades. A news report today revealed that Shell is still engaging in illegal gas flaring in the Nigerian Delta – see
“Shell censured for flouting Nigerian rule of law”

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1 Comment on “The Wall Street Journal: Energy Blog: Now Even GM is Turning Green”

  1. #1 greg
    on May 8th, 2007 at 19:33

    FYI – you can get free access to those wall street journal article from

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