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Evidence confirms that Shell fuelled the Nazi war machine

Another hammer blow for Shell. Evidence confirms that Shell fuelled the Nazi war machine

By John Donovan: 31 May 2021 (updated JULY 2021)

A new book by James Marriott and Terry Macalister reveals the extent to which the oil company Royal Dutch Shell played a key role in Hitler’s war effort.

James Marriott is a writer and activist with three decades of knowledge of the oil sector. Terry Macalister is a freelance journalist and former energy editor of the Guardian

As the author of the Kindle book published in 2016 –  Sir Henri Deterding and the Nazi History of Royal Dutch Shell – I welcome the fact that other parties have reached the same basic conclusions as I did after studying much of the same evidence.

Based on that evidence I lunched a petition several years ago demanding that Royal Dutch Shell should apologise for antisemitic conduct and Nazi support

Shell will find it more difficult to dismiss the independent findings in the new book, including from an award-winning journalist.

The following extracts are from a related article by opendemocracy.net headlined: Calls for Shell to apologise for ‘fuelling Nazi war machine’ EXTRACTS FROM THE RELATED ARTICLE BY Adam Ramsay

According to ‘Crude Britannia’, by James Marriott and Terry Macalister, at the outbreak of World War Two the Anglo-Dutch company “effectively divided into an Allied corporation and an Axis corporation”. The Nazi-supporting branch of Shell, called Rhenania-Ossag, “swung in behind the [German] government as the Nazi state began to invade other countries”.

Or as Shell’s official history states ‘Following Hilter’s annexation of Austria and Czechoslovakia, (Shell) Group managing directors sanctioned Rhenania-Ossag taking over Shell companies in those countries.’ The same process took place in Hungary, Yugoslavia and Greece after Germany took control of those states.

Shell’s German subsidiary, Rhenania-Ossag, fired all the Jewish members on its board in May and June 1933. The appointments to replace them included a member of the Nazi party. The official history states, “the far reaching changes to the Rhenania-Ossag board could not have taken place without the full consent of [Shell Central Offices… No questions of principle or moral judgements about the Hitler regime appear to have arisen.” Shell’s historians were not able to establish what happened next to these Jewish staff members.

Seven years later, after Germany invaded Holland, the Swastika flew outside Shell’s HQ in The Hague.

EXTRACTS END

I was originally tipped off about Shell’s concern over its past toxic history by Shell internal communications never meant for my eyes.

Shell had advance sight of my book and my website ShellNaziHistory.com. Despite aggressive threats, bluster and a global spying operation, Shell took no legal action. No multinational giant would want to draw attention to its past association with Hitler and the Nazis.

NEW BOOK: Crude Britannia: How Oil Shaped a Nation

Product details

  • ASIN: B095CND46T

  • Publisher: Pluto Press; 1st edition (20 May 2021)

Some of the information about Shell’s collaboration with the Nazis covered on pages 19, 20, 21, 22 of the main book, and pages 352, 353 and 354 from the Notes section of the book: read more

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Big Oil’s Bad Week

Forbes

Big Oil’s Bad Week

Robert RapierEnergy: May 30, 2021

The world’s largest integrated oil and gas companies are the so-called supermajors or more commonly “Big Oil.” In order of descending market capitalization these companies are ExxonMobil XOM -0.3%, Chevron CVX +0.8%, Royal Dutch Shell, TOTAL SE, and BP.

Last week three members of the Big Oil club were each dealt blows regarding the status quo of their businesses.

The Shell Decision

The lawsuit was filed in 2019 by Milieudefensie, the Dutch arm of Friends of the Earth. More than 17,000 Dutch citizens and six environmental groups joined the lawsuit, which argued that Shell’s business practices violated the “unwritten standard of care” that required it to protect Dutch residents. read more

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Opinion: A message to oil companies: Change or have change forced upon you

THE WASHINGTON POST

Opinion: A message to oil companies: Change or have change forced upon you

Opinion by the Editorial Board May 29, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. GMT+1

IN A dramatic double whammy this week, Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, two enormous oil companies, each lost a high-profile fight against climate activists. The consequence is that two boardrooms may be forced to overturn their business strategies in favor of greener investments over the next decade. 

Change is coming, whether the industry likes it or not. 

In Royal Dutch Shell’s case, The Hague District Court declared that the company had contributed substantially to climate change and that its plan to address greenhouse emissions is insufficiently ambitious. Under the court’s order, Shell must ditch its strategy to cut its carbon intensity, which would not necessarily reduce the raw amount of emissions it releases into the atmosphere, and devise a way to nearly halve the emissions for which it is responsible by 2030. The decision could signal follow-on rulings against other big polluters subject to European courts. read more

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A Week of Big Blows for Big Oil

THE NEW YORK TIMES

A Week of Big Blows for Big Oil

Two victories by environmental activists added to the uncertainty surrounding the industry and Canada’s oil sands.

: May 29, 2021

For environmentalists, it was a week of victories. For the oil and gas companies they vanquished, as well as Alberta and the other parts of Canada that rely on the energy industry, the week brought new uncertainties.

But environmentalists also dealt a blow to one of those European oil companies, Royal Dutch Shell, this week. A Dutch court ruled that Shell was “obliged” to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of its activities by 45 percent by the end of 2030, compared with 2019 levels. Shell had already announced a 2050 target for reaching net zero emissions, but the decision, if upheld, will force it to speed up its efforts. read more

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Society takes over control at Shell. What now?

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Society takes over control at Shell. What now?

Pieter Couwenbergh 

Ben van Beurden was pushed out of Shell’s drivers seat on Wednesday by the judge, who was loudly encouraged by Friends of the Earth Netherlands.

Even within the bastion of the Shell head office on Carel van Bylandtlaan in The Hague, there is dissatisfaction with the own organization. Outgoing chairman of the board Charles Holliday told the last shareholders’ meeting that an employee told him in 2015 that his 13-year-old daughter at school doesn’t tell anyone where her father works. “She’s ashamed of what I do,” the employee told Holliday. It’s the kind of shame that change takes. read more

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Had nothing but problems since switching to Shell Energy

Extracts from Shell Energy customer reviews posted during the past few days on Trustpilot: “Over charging Rude customer services”: “Had nothing but problems since switching to Shell Energy.”: ” All I can say is this is a rude disgusting company. Their staff are rude with no empathy. They are bullies. They have been harrassing me with phone calls.”: “sheer incompetence… runs rampant at Shell Energy.”

Visit the Shell Energy page on Trustpilot to view all reviews in their entirety, positive and negative (and Shell Energy responses). Watch out for any fake reviews. Note the reoccurring themes in the negative reviews, including difficulty in communicating with the companyThis article posted on 30 May 2021. read more

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Will Shell perish under the demands of the judge?

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Will Shell perish under the demands of the judge?

A court that imposes a CO 2 reduction on an oil company by waving human rights and climate change. This has never been seen in the world before. What are the consequences?

Ton Voermans & Peet Vogels  Last update: 27-05-21, 19:36

Can Shell meet the requirements?
That will be quite a job. The judge ordered that Shell reduce its own CO 2 emissions by 45 percent by 2030. This is an obligation and goes further than Shell’s own objective. But experts expect Shell to be able to achieve this. Society has already started using solar power in oil production. And Marjan van Loon, the CEO of Shell Netherlands, is already driving around in a hydrogen car. Others point out that Shell can still reduce methane leaks, methane is a strong greenhouse gas. And Shell can capture and store its own CO 2 emissions in empty gas fields. read more

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Dutch court ruling to lead to Shell’s shrinking -analysts

REUTERS

Dutch court ruling to lead to Shell’s shrinking -analysts

Ron Bousso: May 27, 2021

A Dutch court ruling ordering Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) to speed up its plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions could lead to a 12% decline in the company’s energy output, including a sharp drop in oil and gas sales, analysts said on Thursday.

FULL ARTICLE (PAYWALL)

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‘Victory for our planet’: Royal Dutch Shell must cut emissions

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

‘Victory for our planet’: Royal Dutch Shell must cut emissions

The Hague District Court has ruled Royal Dutch Shell must cut its carbon emissions by 45% by 2030. The landmark case will likely set a global precedent for holding polluting multinational organizations accountable for curbing emissions.

By Mike Corder Associated Press

THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS

A Dutch court on Wednesday ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its carbon emissions by net 45% by 2030 compared to 2019 levels in a landmark case brought by climate activism groups, which hailed the decision as a victory for the planet. read more

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Will Judges Have the Last Word on Climate Change?: QuickTake

THE WASHINGTON POST

Will Judges Have the Last Word on Climate Change?: QuickTake

By Jeremy Hodges | Bloomberg May 28, 2021 at 8:22 a.m. GMT+1

In the fight against climate change, one tool is proving increasingly popular: litigation. From the U.S. to Europe and India, activists, governments and concerned citizens have turned to the courts. Supporters want them to force oil companies and governments to pay for past harms and avert future threats.

Are international companies vulnerable?

Yes. In May Royal Dutch Shell Plc was ordered by a Dutch court to slash its emissions harder and faster than planned, a ruling that could have far-reaching consequences for the rest of the global fossil fuel industry. Shell, which said it expects to appeal the ruling, has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% within a decade, and to net-zero before 2050. That’s not enough, according to the court in The Hague, which ordered the oil producer to slash emissions 45% by 2030 compared with 2019 levels. The court said the ruling applies to the entire Shell group, raising the prospect of the company having to radically speed up its current climate and divestment policies in order to hit the new target. It’s unlikely Shell will be the only company to fall foul of the courts as the Dutch decision will likely trigger similar cases around Europe, if not the world. read more

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Climate activists score wins against Exxon, Shell and Chevron

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Climate activists score wins against Exxon, Shell and Chevron

“Today was a stark warning for Big Oil,” said Bess Joffe, of the Church Commissioners for England, with executives “being held to account by investors and lawmakers.”

By Reuters

It has not been a good few days for Big Oil.

Shareholders Wednesday rebuked the top two U.S. oil companies for dragging their feet on fighting climate change, while a Dutch court ruled that Royal Dutch Shell needs to accelerate cuts to greenhouse gas emissions. read more

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Shell judgment raises many questions for other major polluters

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Shell judgment raises many questions for other major polluters

Jeroen Segenhout Caitlin Stooker Jan Verbeek 

The judge is forcing Shell to make more efforts to reduce its CO₂ emissions. 

In brief:

  • Oil company Shell is forced by the court to tighten up its climate policy.
  • Chemical companies are now concerned.
  • The big question is how far the Shell judgment reaches.

‘Alarm bells have gone off all over the world. I’ve already had enough phone calls’, says chairman Bernard Wientjes of the association of Dutch chemical companies VNCI. He notes that unrest has broken out in the industrial boardrooms now that the court in The Hague has demanded that Shell tighten up its climate policy. read more

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Nigeria: Malabu Scandal – OPL 245 Licence Expires

PREMIUM Times

Nigeria: Malabu Scandal – OPL 245 Licence Expires

By Oladeinde Olawoyin: 26 MAY 2021

The expiry of the licence returns control of the oil field to the Nigerian government.

The licence for the controversial Nigerian offshore OPL 245 oil block has expired, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

According to civil society campaigners Global Witness, Eni confirmed the development in response to questions at their 2021 annual general meeting.

The organisation added on Wednesday that the expiry of the licence returns control of the oil field to the Nigerian government. read more

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Climate Ruling Could Force Big Change at Shell

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Climate Ruling Could Force Big Change at Shell

Oil giant might need to sell assets and rethink spending to meet Dutch court order to curb carbon emission

By Sarah McFarlane: May 27, 2021 12:08 pm ET

To comply with a Dutch court order to cut carbon emissions, Royal Dutch Shell PLC may have to overhaul its business and cut its oil output faster than it had planned, analysts and investors said.

Potential ways to curb emissions include selling assets, rethinking exploration spending and halting growth of its liquefied-natural gas operations, they said. read more

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Moody’s flags oil majors’ rising credit risk after Shell ruling

REUTERS

Moody’s flags oil majors’ rising credit risk after Shell ruling

LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – Credit rating agency Moody’s said on Friday that the credit risk of major oil producers has increased with recent events including Royal Dutch Shell losing a Dutch climate lawsuit this week and Exxon losing a battle with shareholders.

(Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; editing by Jason Neely)

SOURCE
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The pace of emission reduction has to increase significantly at Shell, but how?

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The pace of emission reduction has to increase significantly at Shell, but how?

Bert van Dijk May 26, 8:58 PM

In brief

  • Shell must reduce the emissions of the judge much faster than it has now planned.
  • The company has plenty of options to do that, according to experts.
  • The major challenge lies in the obligation to make every effort to reduce emissions for customers.

… it has become clear that investing even more in exploration, looking for new oil and gas, is pointless. 

Charging points, hydrogen and biofuels

Shell itself wants to stick to the line it has set for the time being. “We are investing billions of dollars in low-carbon energy, including charging points for charging electric vehicles, hydrogen, renewables and biofuels. We want to increase the demand for these products and scale up our new energy companies even faster. ‘ read more

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