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Shell’s Greenwashing Exposed: Misleading Ads Banned for Hilariously Overstating Commitment to Clean Energy

Posted by JOHN DONOVAN: July 7, 2023

In a shocking turn of events, the notorious oil and gas giant, Shell, has had a few of its ads banned by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Apparently, these ads gave a “misleading” impression of Shell’s dedication to non-polluting energy. Who would have thought that a company responsible for immense environmental damage would resort to misleading tactics?

Lately, Shell has faced heavy criticism for failing to live up to its lofty promises of combating climate change. It turns out that a significant portion of the money they claimed to invest in “Renewables and Energy Solutions” actually went into the coffers of natural gas, a highly polluting energy source. But fear not, for Shell has come up with a brilliant justification. They argue that natural gas is slightly less polluting than oil, conveniently ignoring the fact that it still contributes to the climate crisis.

Shell’s deceptive practices don’t end there. They introduced the “Shell Card,” a magical solution that supposedly allows companies to offset the heat-trapping gases emitted by their cars by funding programs that remove pollution from the atmosphere, like rainforest preservation. Unfortunately, Greenpeace UK uncovered the truth behind this scheme. It turns out that these programs were merely “protecting” forests that were never in danger, rendering the whole endeavor utterly useless for the environment. Well done, Shell.

Despite their appalling track record, Shell continues to present itself as a champion of environmental progress. They have even claimed that they will achieve “net zero carbon” by 2050, as if they can magically erase the vast amounts of heat-trapping gases their oil and gas operations spew into the atmosphere every year. How admirable!

Their ad campaign highlights electric charging stations and investments in clean energy, accompanied by the slogan, “The U.K. is READY for cleaner energy.” Oh, the irony! It seems Shell has mastered the art of greenwashing, using misleading advertisements to create a facade of eco-friendliness while maintaining their destructive practices.

The ASA, thankfully, saw through this charade and made it clear that Shell’s campaign had crossed a line. They reprimanded Shell and demanded that future ads featuring environmental claims should not mislead by exaggerating or omitting crucial information about the proportion of their business involved in lower carbon activities. Bravo, ASA, for calling out Shell’s greenwashing tactics!

Unsurprisingly, Shell expressed its strong disagreement with the ASA’s decision, claiming that the ban might hinder the UK’s transition to renewable energy. However, it remains unclear whether Shell is genuinely committed to supporting this transition or if they are merely paying lip service to maintain their profits.

We eagerly await Shell’s right of reply to address any factual inaccuracies and provide their closing comments. Perhaps they can enlighten us with more greenwashing techniques or unveil their groundbreaking plan to single-handedly save the planet while continuing to plunder its resources. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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