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Shell’s Climate Appeal: Lobbying for “Transition” or Just Hot Air?

Posted by John Donovan: 13 April 2024

In a courtroom showdown that could make or break the fight against climate change, Shell is pulling out all the stops to wriggle out of its responsibility to slash emissions. But are they really fighting for the “energy transition” or just looking out for their own oily interests?

Milieudefensie, the Dutch branch of Friends of the Earth, isn’t buying Shell’s greenwashing. They’re pushing for a tougher stance on emissions cuts, arguing that Shell shouldn’t just sell off assets to meet targets. But Shell’s lawyers are crying foul, claiming that forcing them to reduce emissions could lead to “asset decommissioning” – as if that’s somehow worse than the climate crisis.

Meanwhile, Shell is painting itself as a climate hero, boasting about its lobbying efforts for climate policies. But Milieudefensie isn’t impressed, calling out Shell’s cosy relationship with oil and gas and its backtrack on clean energy promises.

The stakes are high, with the outcome of this appeal shaping the future of climate action. But with Shell still investing in new oil and gas fields, it’s clear where their priorities lie – and it’s not with the planet.

So, is Shell lobbying for the “energy transition,” or is it just blowing smoke? We’ll find out soon enough when the verdict drops on November 12th.

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