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Shell Faces Hague Climate Case: Another Masterclass in Hypocrisy and Legal Gymnastics

…grab your popcorn and get ready to witness Shell and six environmental and social organizations duke it out in court, led by none other than Milieudefensie (aka Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and Greenpeace Netherlands.

Posted by John Donovan 30 March 2024

Look who’s back in court again. That’s right, folks, it’s none other than Shell PLC, the poster child for environmental destruction and corporate greed. Next Tuesday, Shell’s appeal over its laughable attempt to shirk responsibility for reducing CO2 emissions comes to court in The Hague, and it promises to be a spectacle worthy of the big screen.

In a move that surprises absolutely no one, the oil supermajor is challenging a 2021 court decision that dared to order it to cut emissions under international climate agreements. Because, when it comes to saving the planet, Shell would rather stick its head in the sand and pretend like nothing’s wrong.

But wait, it gets better. Fresh data this week shows that the oil sector is on track to nearly quadruple the amount of extracted oil and gas from newly approved projects by the end of the decade. Because nothing screams “commitment to the environment” like ramping up fossil fuel extraction while the world burns, am I right?

And just in case you need a good laugh, the appeal will be live-streamed online for your viewing pleasure. So grab your popcorn and get ready to witness Shell and six environmental and social organizations duke it out in court, led by none other than Milieudefensie (aka Friends of the Earth Netherlands) and Greenpeace Netherlands. It’s like a David and Goliath showdown, except this time, Goliath has billions of dollars and zero morals on his side.

But fear not, dear readers, for the forces of good are confident in their fight against the fossil fuel behemoth. “The scientific basis on which we’ve founded our claims against Shell has only solidified,” declared Roger Cox, a lawyer for Milieudefensie. “In court, it’s facts that matter, which is why I am confident that we can once again convince the judges that Shell needs to act in line with international climate agreements.”

Of course, Shell has its excuses ready to go. When you’re a multi-billion dollar corporation, it’s perfectly acceptable to blame your lack of action on factors beyond your control. “It’s not clear how Shell can be ordered to reduce carbon emissions we do not control from customers who are not under a similar legal obligation to reduce their emissions,” they whine, conveniently ignoring the fact that they’re the ones supplying the damn oil in the first place.

So there you have it, folks. Another day, another chapter in the never-ending saga of Shell’s blatant disregard for the planet. Will justice finally be served? Or will Shell continue to weasel its way out of responsibility? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: this courtroom drama is far from over.

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