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US Lawmakers Roast Oil Titans for Climate Circus: Shell Plays Shell Games While Exxon Pulls a Vanishing Act

Posted by John Donovan: 30 April 2024

Well, grab your popcorn folks, because it’s showtime in the political circus! Democratic lawmakers in the US just dropped a bombshell report, and guess who’s in the spotlight? Yep, you guessed it: our favourite fossil fuel fiends, Big Oil.

According to the Democrats’ dossier, oil companies have been twirling their moustaches and cackling maniacally as they pull the wool over everyone’s eyes. It’s like a Shakespearean tragedy but with more oil rigs and fewer tragic heroes. The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, after nearly three years of sleuthing, finally uncovered the dastardly deeds of Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., and our very own Shell Plc, among others.

The report reads like a thriller novel, accusing oil companies of a laundry list of sins. From pretending to support the Paris climate agreement while secretly planning their next fossil fuel fiesta, to hawking gas as a clean energy solution while conveniently ignoring its planet-roasting properties, these guys have truly mastered the art of deception.

But wait, it gets even juicier! Apparently, Big Oil has been greasing the palms of universities worldwide, trying to convince them that fossil fuels are the key to a bright, shiny future. Talk about buying your way to the top.

In a statement that could make even Shakespeare himself blush, Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin declared, “Big Oil continues to conceal the facts about their business model and obscure the actual dangers of fossil fuels…” It’s like he’s the lead prosecutor in a courtroom drama, and the jury’s just waiting for the guilty verdict.

And what’s the oil industry’s defence, you ask? Well, according to a Shell spokesman, they’re just trying to set “realistic targets” and “meaningfully participate in the energy transition.” Translation: we’ll keep drilling until the cows come home, thank you very much.

But hold onto your hats, folks, because the plot thickens! The report also takes a swing at oil companies for promising the moon and delivering… well, not much. Remember Exxon’s grand plan to turn algae into fuel? Yeah, turns out that was about as realistic as unicorns frolicking on Mars. Exxon quietly pulled the plug on that debacle last year, leaving us all scratching our heads and wondering what the heck they’re up to now.

But fear not, dear readers, because Exxon assures us that climate change is real. Well, that settles it then. We can all rest easy knowing that the same folks who brought us the Great Algae Fiasco of 2023 are on the case.

So, what’s next in this epic saga of deceit and deception? Who knows, but one thing’s for sure: Big Oil isn’t going down without a fight. So grab your popcorn and buckle up, because this show is far from over.

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