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Shell’s Climate Strategy: An Award-Winning Performance in the Courtroom!


In a thrilling legal drama, environmental law charity ClientEarth has tried its best to rain on Shell’s parade over its climate strategy. But alas, the high court in London has refused to allow the fun to continue.

How disappointing! We were all looking forward to the grand spectacle of Shell’s directors being held accountable for their so-called “duties” to shareholders.

ClientEarth, with its whopping 27 shares in Shell, had the audacity to argue that the energy giant’s current climate transition strategy is nothing more than a mere fantasy. They claim that Shell’s aim of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is just a fairy tale. Oh, ClientEarth, why can’t you see the magic in Shell’s grand plans?

In May, Judge William Trower had the audacity to reject ClientEarth’s lawsuit, and he did it again in a written ruling on Monday. How dare he! The judge had the audacity to state that managing a business the size of Shell requires considering “a range of competing considerations.” How boring! Who needs net zero carbon emissions when you can have a range of competing interests, right?

If ClientEarth had succeeded, it could have opened the floodgates for other investors to sue boards of companies that allegedly fail to manage climate-related risks. Oh, the horror! Can you imagine a world where boards are held accountable for their actions? That would be simply terrifying!

Shell’s spokesperson was ecstatic with the outcome, rightfully stating that this was the “right outcome.” Of course, they believe their directors have always acted in the company’s best interest. Who cares about the environment when you can focus on profits, right?

But fear not, the show is not over yet! ClientEarth is determined to appeal this “right outcome” and continue its crusade against Shell’s refusal to take “decisive action.” How brave of them! Shell’s future commercial viability is at stake, or so they claim. We wonder, could it be that ClientEarth simply wants to be the star of the show, holding Shell’s directors personally liable for their “failure” to prepare for the energy transition?

The drama unfolds as Shell doubles down on fossil fuels, refusing to reduce oil production. How dare they prioritize fossil fuels over the environment! The nerve! But we must admit, it’s quite entertaining to watch them brush off the idea of cutting production as “dangerous and irresponsible.” Who needs to listen to energy transition scenarios when you can make your own rules?

Despite the setback, ClientEarth remains steadfast in its quest to hold Shell accountable. They claim that Shell’s board is neglecting climate risks and jeopardizing the company’s future success. Who cares about shareholders when you can focus on climate risks, right?

As this gripping saga continues, we eagerly await the next thrilling chapter. Will ClientEarth succeed in its appeal, or will Shell’s directors continue to shine in their roles as masters of the fossil fuel universe? Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure: this courtroom performance is one for the history books!

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