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WIRED: A Surge of New Plastic Is About to Hit the Planet

Companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, and Saudi Aramco are ramping up output of plastic — which is made from oil and gas, and their byproducts — to hedge against the possibility that a serious global response to climate change might reduce demand for their fuels, analysts say.

SCIENCE: 01.20.2020 10:00 AM

As public concern about plastic pollution rises, consumers are reaching for canvas bags, metal straws, and reusable water bottles. But while individuals fret over images of oceanic garbage gyres, the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries are pouring billions of dollars into new plants intended to make millions more tons of plastic than they now pump out.

Companies like ExxonMobil, Shell, and Saudi Aramco are ramping up output of plastic — which is made from oil and gas, and their byproducts — to hedge against the possibility that a serious global response to climate change might reduce demand for their fuels, analysts say. Petrochemicals, the category that includes plastic, now account for 14 percent of oil use, and are expected to drive half of oil demand growth between now and 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says. The World Economic Forum predicts plastic production will double in the next 20 years. read more

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OilPrice.com: Is This The End For Big Oil Dividends?

Since 2010, the five largest oil majors have spent vastly more than they have generated when including shareholder payouts. ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, Total, and Royal Dutch Shell have dished out a combined $536 billion in dividends and share buybacks since 2010, a figure that far exceeds the $329 billion in free cash flow over the same period, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

That comes out to a gap of $207 billion, or about 39 percent of the total that was given to shareholders. The shortfall had to be made up somehow. According to IEEFA, the oil majors bridged the gap by selling off assets and taking on debt. read more

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Output at Europe’s giant Groningen gas field plunges in Dec, dents Dutch stocks

Natural gas output at Europe’s largest onshore gas field, the Netherlands’ Groningen, continued to fall sharply in December following the Dutch government’s tightening of the production quota, with volumes down 43% year on year.

The rapidly declining output at the field has eaten away at Dutch gas stocks, which have now fallen below Gas Year 2018 levels and are well below the European average.

A production cap has been put in place to prevent earthquakes linked to gas extraction at Groningen and the Dutch government plans to phase out gas extraction at the field completely by mid-2022. read more

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The Washington Post: We live in an age of climate disaster. Now what?

By Ishaan Tharoor with Ruby Mellen

This week, U.S. scientists confirmed what anyone who has been paying attention would probably already know. The 2010s were the hottest decade ever recorded on the planet. 2019 was the second-hottest year ever measured, and the evidence was brutally on show: We saw swaths of Greenland’s ice cap melt into the sea, heat waves blaze through northern Europe, extreme storms and floods batter vulnerable islands and coasts, and epic wildfires scorch vast drought-ridden stretches of the globe. read more

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Insurers praised for cutting fossil-fuel ties

Extracted from an article by Ryan Smith published by InsuranceBusinessMag.com: 17 Jan 2020

Activist groups have been pressuring financial institutions to cut ties with fossil fuel, and firms like AXA, Allianz, Swiss Re and SCOR have been among the first to respond. All four pledged not only to divest from fossil fuels, but to phase out the insurance and underwriting of coal and other fossil-fuel-related businesses, SIGWATCH said.

Energy companies such as Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil were among the most criticized brands, according to SIGWATCH. read more

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investors CHRONICLE: Shell’s LNG bet looks sound despite glut

Mark Robinson

When Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB) launched its £35.6bn bid for BG Group, it was easy to appreciate the strategic rationale. At a stroke, the Anglo-Dutch energy giant not only bolstered its reserves, but also shored-up its position in a global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market which had grown rapidly since the turn of the millennium.

Shell wasn’t alone in increasing its exposure to the sector, but investors may now be questioning whether long-term prospects in gas markets warrant the massive capital allocation. A supply glut, most noticeably in the US Permian basin, weighed on gas prices last year, and there are few signs of respite as new fields in Australia and Russia come online. read more

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TIME MAGAZINE: The Reason Fossil Fuel Companies Are Finally Reckoning with Climate Change

Shell must grapple with its own existential crisis: How should a company that generates most of its profits by serving the world’s enormous appetite for oil navigate a long-term future in which shifting political and economic tides threaten to make fossil fuels obsolete?

BY JUSTIN WORLAND

A peculiar theme park in the Hague celebrates the history of the Netherlands through a series of miniature models. The Madurodam features little canals, old-fashioned windmills, tiny tulips and, amid it all, an homage to Royal Dutch Shell, the oil giant that is the biggest company in the country and, by revenue, the second largest publicly traded oil-and-gas company in the world. There’s a Shell drilling platform, a Shell gas station and a Shell natural-gas field, complete with a drilling rig. The display is at once odd–energy infrastructure in a children’s theme park–and entirely fitting: Shell has been, for decades, one of the most powerful players both in Dutch politics and on the global economic stage. read more

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Chron: ‘A sector in disarray’: Oil majors live beyond their means on investor payouts, study finds

“Investors are gradually moving away from energy stocks. A look behind the dividend payments of the leading companies helps explain why. For the core business of these companies, there is more money going out than coming in.” 

The largest oil and gas companies for years have lived beyond their means and paid more money to investors than they can reasonably afford, according to a new report.

The study from the Cleveland-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis found that the five largest Big Oil majors — Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, BP and Total — spent $536 billion on shareholder dividends and stock buybacks since 2010 while bringing in just $329 billion in free cash flow. read more

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CityAM: Channel 4 under fire over BP Paralympics sponsorship

Sunday 12 Jan 2020

Channel 4 has come under fire from climate activists after it announced that BP will sponsor its coverage of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Environmental evangelists have taken aim at the broadcaster for accepting money from the oil giant, which is one of the world’s largest contributors to fossil fuel emissions.

Read more: Boris Johnson complaint over Channel 4 melting ice sculpture rejected by Ofcom

The deal means Channel 4 will carry BP branding on its coverage of the Paralympics across live TV, online viewing and social media. Toyota is the other main sponsor of the event. read more

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The Times: BP and Shell won’t be abandoning fossil fuels any time soon.

The oil majors, particularly in Europe, are ploughing billions into green energy projects. However, their efforts to reduce emissions often look like window dressing.

Royal Dutch Shell spends about $3 billion on its low carbon and electricity businesses, which is roughly a tenth of its research and development budget.

BP said this week it hoped to create five billion-dollar green energy businesses by 2025. But many of its green initiatives are designed to prolong the life of its oil and gasfields, by boosting productivity at wells and managing carbon more efficiently. BP and Shell won’t be abandoning fossil fuels any time soon. read more

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Bloomberg: BlackRock joins $41 trillion investor climate campaign

Last year, BP agreed to report in detail on how its investments are compatible with the Paris climate agreement after shareholders supported a resolution proposed by the activist group. It has also extracted pledges from Royal Dutch Shell and commodities giant Glencore. “This announcement from BlackRock will lead to some uncomfortable shuffling in the board rooms of Big Oil…

BlackRock added its considerable heft to a group of investors that’s pressing the world biggest emitters of greenhouse gases to change their ways.

The addition of the world’s largest fund manager is a significant milestone for Climate Action 100+, bringing total assets under management by its members to more than $41 trillion. The group already has some notable victories in its campaign of engagement with corporate giants that account for more than two-thirds of global industrial emissions.

Last year, BP agreed to report in detail on how its investments are compatible with the Paris climate agreement after shareholders supported a resolution proposed by the activist group. It has also extracted pledges from Royal Dutch Shell and commodities giant Glencore. read more

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The feeble arguments presented by Shell to Greta Thunberg

Extracts from a letter published by The Independent on 8 Jan 2020.  

Donnachadh McCarthy highlights the feeble arguments presented by Shell to Greta Thunberg in defence of their policies (Oil companies like Shell could destroy humanity as we know it – but not if we make fossil-fuel investments illegal, Voices 8 January).

The blood of middle East wars is on the hands of major oil companies, but ours too, as we are lazily dependent on cheap dirty energy.

Our planet didn’t choose to self-harm. We are the ones who became addicted to oil, electricity and plastic… read more

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REUTERS: Barclays pressured by shareholders to cut fossil fuel financing

The move comes just days after outgoing Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the financial services industry had been too slow to cut investment in fossil fuels.

Reporting by Lawrence White and Simon Jessop: JAN 8, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – A group of Barclays (BARC.L) shareholders coordinated by responsible investment lobby group ShareAction want the bank to phase out financing fossil fuels, stepping up pressure on one of Europe’s biggest funders of the sector.

Eleven institutional investors have filed a resolution to be voted on at Barclays’ annual meeting in May, requiring the bank to set out plans to stop providing all financial services to firms not aligned with the Paris climate agreement. read more

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THE SUNDAY TIMES: British Museum freezes out BP as sponsor of show

Extracts from an article by

Dipesh read more

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Lawsuit to Hold Big Oil Accountable for Costs of Climate Change

January 6, 2020 – SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, co-leading a coalition of 13 states, filed an amicus brief supporting the State of Rhode Island in its lawsuit State of Rhode Island v. Shell Oil Products Company LLC et al. In the lawsuit, the state seeks to hold oil companies accountable for their actions contributing to climate change and the resulting harms from sea-level rise, changes to the hydrologic cycle, and increased air and ocean temperatures. read more

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OilPrice.com: Are Oil Stocks ‘Too Toxic To Trade’

Now the next great ‘sin stock’ sector—Big Oil—faces challenges in convincing investors and society that it could still be part of the solution, not the problem, in a world which is increasingly sensitive to the impact of climate change on the planet and people.

By Tsvetana Paraskova – Jan 02, 2020, 4:00 PM CST

Amid growing concerns about climate change, activists, shareholders, and many investors have started to see oil companies as the next ‘Big Tobacco’ set of toxic stocks because of Big Oil’s continued investment into fossil fuel-derived energy.

Despite climate activists’ demands that oil firms ‘leave it in the ground’, Big Oil are not getting out of their core oil and gas business, nor they are planning to do so, because the world will continue to need oil and gas in the foreseeable future, Shell’s chief executive Ben van Beurden says. read more

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