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House Panel Expands Inquiry Into Climate Disinformation by Oil Giants

The New York Times

House Panel Expands Inquiry Into Climate Disinformation by Oil Giants

Sept. 16, 2021Updated 10:42 a.m. ET

The House Oversight Committee has widened its probe into the oil and gas industry’s role in spreading disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global warming, calling on top executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, BP and Royal Dutch Shell, as well as the lobby groups American Petroleum Institute and the United States Chamber of Commerce, to testify before Congress next month.

In letters sent to the industry executives Thursday morning, the committee also requested information, including internal documents and emails on climate policy going back to 2015, related to the companies’ and groups’ efforts to undermine climate policy. read more

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Exxon helped cause the climate crisis. It’s time they owned up

The Guardian:

Exxon helped cause the climate crisis. It’s time they owned up

Mark Hertsgaard: Thursday 16 Sept 2021

EXTRACTS

Royal Dutch Shell even anticipated the current wave of lawsuits: an internal study in 1998 forecast a scenario in which environmental groups would band together to file “a class action lawsuit on the grounds of neglecting what scientists, including [the industry’s] own, have been saying for years”.

Indeed, last May the Netherlands branch of the advocacy group Friends of the Earth won a landmark case against Shell. A Dutch court ordered Shell to bring its global operations in line with the Paris agreement goal of limiting temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. This will require Shell to reduce both its own and its customers’ emissions by a staggering 45% from 2019 levels by 2030. Shell is appealing the ruling. read more

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Methane emissions from oil and gas are even worse than previously thought

CBS NEWS

Methane emissions from oil and gas are even worse than previously thought

Recent research indicates that the fossil fuel industry is responsible for far more methane than previously believed.

Experts say slashing methane emissions

 is essential to staving off the worst effects of global warming, with the United Nations  read more

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Groningen residents take out ad to remind NL about earthquake damage

(Information added by John Donovan: NAM is the Shell/Exxon Joint Venture company responsible along with the Dutch government for the earthquake blighted Groningen Gas Field and the consequential bill for dealing with 150,000 damaged residences.)

NL TIMES

Groningen residents take out ad to remind NL about earthquake damage

MONDAY, AUGUST 16, 2021 

Get your hands dirty and quickly solve the problems caused by the earthquakes in Groningen; just as generously as the billions in revenues from gas extraction were spent. read more

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5 Things You Need To Know About The World’s Hottest Oil Play

OILPRICE.COM

5 Things You Need To Know About The World’s Hottest Oil Play

By James Stafford – Aug 16, 2021, 7:00 PM CDT

With evidence of an active petroleum system now confirmed after two test wells in Namibia’s 6.3-million-acre Kavango Basin, the game is afoot with 2D seismic and a 6-well exploration drilling campaign that hopes to put this final frontier nation definitively on the commercial oil map.

Extracts relating to Royal Dutch Shell

Other companies looking to capitalize on the rise in oil prices: read more

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Analysis: Benchmark of Big Oil on methane emissions shows ‘significant gap’ between reality and reporting

REUTERS

Analysis: Benchmark of Big Oil on methane emissions shows ‘significant gap’ between reality and reporting

By 

Geofinancial Analytics’s MethaneScan® benchmark scores the oil and gas producers based on observed methane emissions in the year to this July.

This first snapshot, of the top 15 producers, finds that oil super-majors Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron are the worst performers, followed by ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil and ExxonMobil. read more

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How a powerful US lobby group helps big oil to block climate action

The Guardian

How a powerful US lobby group helps big oil to block climate action

Chris McGreal: Mon 19 Jul 2021 11.00 BST

When Royal Dutch Shell published its annual environmental report in April, it boasted that it was investing heavily in renewable energy. The oil giant committed to installing hundreds of thousands of charging stations for electric vehicles around the world to help offset the harm caused by burning fossil fuels.

On the same day, Shell issued a separate report revealing that its single largest donation to political lobby groups last year was made to the American Petroleum Institute, one of the US’s most powerful trade organizations, which drives the oil industry’s relationship with Congress. read more

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Climate change is about greed. It’s time for big oil to pay us back

CNN OPINION

Climate change is about greed. It’s time for big oil to pay us back

Recently, a Dutch court in The Hague ordered Royal Dutch Shell to slash the emissions from its products. The European Union as a whole is moving forward with a European Green Deal to decarbonize the EU energy system no later than 2050. In line with the European plans, Volkswagen recently declared its intention to phase out ICEs in Europe by 2035.

As with the drug companies that pushed addictive painkillers on Americans and tobacco companies that pushed killer cigarettes, it’s time for the oil industry to pay heavy penalties on ill-gotten gains, the flip side of which are the death and destruction caused by extreme climate events. read more

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Scientists hired by oil giants predicted climate crisis 60 years ago: Report

CNBC

Scientists hired by oil giants predicted climate crisis 60 years ago: Report

By CNBCTV18.com | IST (Published)

More than 26 lawsuits have been filed in the US against oil companies for their role in climate change. The internal documents of these companies contain research data collected by their teams regarding the effect of rising global temperatures.

These researchers had accurately predicted rising global temperatures. Some of these researchers have testified that fossil fuel companies, petroleum giants like Exxon, Chevron, Shell and BP among others, knew about the role of burning fossil fuels in global warming more than 60 years ago. read more

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Lawmaker Threatens to Subpoena Exxon After Secret Video

The New York Times

Lawmaker Threatens to Subpoena Exxon After Secret Video

The chairman of a powerful House subcommittee said he is seeking answers from Exxon and other oil and gas giants over their role in spreading disinformation on climate change.

Hiroko Tabuchi and 

July 2, 2021

The chairman of a House subcommittee is demanding that executives of Exxon Mobil Corp., Shell, Chevron and other major oil and gas companies testify before Congress about the industry’s decades-long effort to wage disinformation campaigns around climate change. read more

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Exclusive: Shell plans to exit California joint venture with Exxon Mobil – sources

REUTERS

Exclusive: Shell plans to exit California joint venture with Exxon Mobil – sources

By : JULY 1, 2021 

(Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to leave Aera, its California-based oil and gas-producing joint venture with Exxon Mobil Corp, four people familiar with the talks told Reuters.

Shell has divested numerous carbon intensive assets this year, selling its refinery in Washington state to Holly Frontier Corp and its stake in a Houston-area refining joint venture to Petroleos Mexicanos as it shifts new investments to renewables and power. read more

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Why are some investors still supporting the dying fossil fuel economy?

independent.co.uk

Clean energy is the future – so why are some investors still supporting the dying fossil fuel economy?

Institutional forces continue to prop up the fossil fuel economy, while both the market and public opinion are leaving it behind. This is as foolish as it is dangerous, writes Tom Steyer: 29 June 2021

As far as climate action goes, May 2021 was a big deal. The trend towards clean energy and away from fossil fuels exploded. Exxon Mobil, the biggest oil company in America, lost a proxy battle and now three climate activists will sit on its board. A Dutch court set new and stringent rules for energy companies, including Royal Dutch Shell. The German Supreme Court ordered all of Germany to step up its climate game significantly by 2030. read more

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Big Oil’s increasing number of climate lawsuits draws parallels to Big Tobacco

CNBC

Big Oil’s increasing number of climate lawsuits draws parallels to Big Tobacco

PUBLISHED FRI, JUN 25 20211:12 AM EDT: Sam Meredith
@SMEREDITH19

KEY POINTS
  • The prospect of a rising tide of climate litigation cases against heavy emitting businesses comes shortly after a landmark courtroom defeat for Royal Dutch Shell.
  • Since the turn of the century, more than 2,000 climate litigation cases were found to have been filed in a trend that is widely expected to have global implications for carbon-intensive companies.
  • Analysts believe this is merely scratching the surface of what is to be expected in the future — drawing parallels to the so-called tobacco trials of the 1950s and 1960s.

LONDON — Big Oil is likely to face an exponential increase in climate lawsuits over the coming years, a trend that analysts say is reminiscent of activists turning to the courts to take on the tobacco industry.

The prospect of a rising tide of climate litigation cases against heavy emitting businesses comes shortly after a landmark courtroom defeat for Royal Dutch Shell. read more

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How Pope Francis and Vatican activists helped rein in Big Oil on climate change

The Washington Post

How Pope Francis and Vatican activists helped rein in Big Oil on climate change

By Claire Giangravé | Religion News Service: June 22, 2021 at 1:13 p.m. GMT+1

VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Big oil companies in the United States and Europe were forced to come to terms with their role in climate change last month after shareholders, including large mutual funds and private equity firms, pressured the companies to shift their long-criticized environmental policies.

The shareholder rebellions at Chevron and Exxon made front-page news; what has been less reported is how Catholic groups, from the Vatican to orders of nuns to Catholic youth organizations, played a key role in holding Big Oil accountable, influenced by Pope Francis’ advocacy for justice and the environment. read more

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Groningen gas: 80% of the homes in this village are being demolished

DutchNews.nl

Groningen gas: 80% of the homes in this village are being demolished

June 14, 2021 – By Pierre Felcenloben

In Groningen, work is continuing to clear up the damage caused by extracting millions of cubic metres of gas from under the province. For the residents of the village of Overschild, this means demolishing and rebuilding almost every building. 

Thousands of people have been affected by damage to their homes due to subsidence in the region, which sits above Europe’s largest gas field and has been exploited by NAM, a joint venture set up by Shell and Esso, since 1963. read more

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Oil Companies Rejected by Supreme Court on Moving Climate Fight

Bloomberg Green

Oil Companies Rejected by Supreme Court on Moving Climate Fight

By Greg Stohr: 14 June 2021, 14:32 BST

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal by oil companies including BP Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp., leaving intact an important procedural ruling favoring two California cities suing for billions of dollars to address the impact of climate change.

The justices, without comment, refused to consider the industry’s bid to shift the lawsuit into federal court, where companies tend to fare better than they do before state tribunals. read more

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