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Shell and Exxon are aiming for multi-billion dollar green subsidies

English translation of an article published today by the Dutch Financial newspaper, the FD.

Shell and Exxon are aiming for multi-billion dollar green subsidies

Carel Grol: 16 November 2020

Four multinationals that want to store the greenhouse gas CO₂ in an empty gas field off the Dutch coast will apply for a subsidy at the end of this month. According to estimates, this subsidy could amount to around € 1.5 billion.

In brief

  • Four multinationals, including Shell, want to participate in a large-scale CO₂ storage project in a gas field under the North Sea.
  • It is estimated that a subsidy of € 1.5 billion will be applied for.
  • If the subsidy is paid, there will be less money for solar energy.

Four multinationals, including Exxon and Shell, will apply for a subsidy for CO₂ storage in a gas field under the North Sea. This grant is controversial as it is a huge amount for something that has never been done on this scale. There are less than 25 active large CO₂ storage projects worldwide. The so-called Porthos project in the North Sea should really be a breakthrough for Europe. read more

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Shell Climate Change Ads Axed From Facebook

Shell Climate Change Ads Axed From Facebook

Greg Winterton: 16 November 2020

Extracts

Some Shell advertisements, including for its electric vehicle-charging firm Greenlots, have been removed from Facebook over concerns around transparency of environmental policies and climate change.

Shell’s advertisements – part of rebranding efforts to place emphasis on its renewable energy divisions – were labelled as sponsored, but did not include a disclaimer stating they were paid for by the firm.  read more

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Sneaky online censorship move by Shell Climate Change VP John MacArthur

Sneaky online censorship move by Shell Climate Change VP John MacArthur

When I revisited MacArthur’s Linkedin page yesterday, I discovered that all trace of his remarks and the adverse comments they had attracted have vanished.

By John Donovan

John MacArthur leads Shell’s Group Carbon strategy, climate change and energy policy and carbon innovation. See screenshot below downloaded on 06 Nov 2020 from here

John is not having a good week.

A few days ago he posted comments on his Linkedin page promoting Shell’s new climate change campaign on social media. read more

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Oil giant Shell tries to hand off the climate-change fight to consumers and gets roasted

Oil giant Shell tries to hand off the climate-change fight to consumers and gets roasted by AOC, Greta Thunberg and thousands more

By Rachel Koning Beals:

We welcome the #energydebate, the oil major counters

Royal Dutch Shell PLC had a poll for consumers this week: What habits are individuals willing to give up to cut emissions, it asked.

A stampede of Twitter responses had a follow-up for the oil-and-gas super major: Are you serious?

Some comments, which eventually topped 4,000 as of Tuesday, made note of the less than 200 poll responses (for an account that has some 550,000 followers) to this four-answer query: read more

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Shell faces backlash on social media after deciding to wade into the debate on climate change and how best to tackle it

Shell faces backlash on social media after deciding to wade into the debate on climate change and how best to tackle it

  • Shell tweeted to ask users what they were willing to change to reduce emissions
  • Oil company seemed to suggest that other people’s behaviour was to blame
  • Climate campaigner Greta Thunberg, 17, called Shell out for its part to play 

Shell has faced a backlash on social media by deciding to wade into the debate on climate change and how best to tackle it.

The oil company, one of the biggest in the entire world, seemed to suggest that other people’s behaviour was to blame for damages to the environment. read more

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Shell’s Twitter fail: We want YOU to solve climate change!

Shell’s Twitter fail: We want YOU to solve climate change!

 

It’s Election Day, and that means it’s time to choose people to solve the world’s biggest problems, like climate change. The oil giant Shell, however, wants to know how you are going to fix it.

On Monday, Shell put a poll on Twitter, asking “What are you willing to change to help reduce emissions?” The options: Offset your emissions, stop flying, buy an electric car, or choose renewable electricity.

Of course, that last choice — the most popular response by far — would be made a lot easier if Shell and other oil and gas companies decided to help. If they ditched fossil fuels and pivoted to clean energy sources, we wouldn’t even have a choice: Renewable electricity would become the default for everyone. read more

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Shell’s climate poll on Twitter backfires spectacularly

Shell’s climate poll on Twitter backfires spectacularly

Oil giant accused of gaslighting after asking users: ‘What are you willing to change?’

Damian Carrington Environment editor: @dpcarrington: Tue 3 Nov 2020 13.09 GMT

A climate poll on Twitter posted by Shell has backfired spectacularly, with the oil company accused of gaslighting the public.

The survey, posted on Tuesday morning, asked: “What are you willing to change to help reduce emissions?”

Though it received a modest 199 votes the tweet still went viral – but not for the reasons the company would have hoped. The US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was one high-profile respondent, posting a tweet that was liked 350,000 times. read more

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Revealed: BP And Shell Back Anti-Climate Lobby Groups Despite Pledges

Revealed: BP And Shell Back Anti-Climate Lobby Groups Despite Pledges

An Unearthed and HuffPost investigation identified at least eight trade associations the companies failed to disclose in transparency reports.

By Zach Boren: Alexander C. Kaufman: Lawrence Carter, HuffPost US: 28/09/2020 10:45 BST

Earlier this year, oil giants BP and Royal Dutch Shell assessed the climate lobbying done by trade associations they have been involved with, and publicly quit a handful of high-profile industry groups campaigning to undermine regulations to reduce greenhouse gases. read more

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Big Oil’s green makeover

Big Oil’s green makeover

By Steven Mufson: September 15, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. GMT+1

Every so often, corporations confront questions of life or death.

IBM did it in the 1990s, when its hulking mainframe computers faced the challenge of next generation PCs. A new chief executive successfully shifted IBM to services and software. Netflix did it — three times. It first played the role of disrupter, offering movie DVDs by mail and then mastering the business of online streaming. Then it changed again, generating its own content.

Now, BP, one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies, is aiming to ride the waves of disruption instead of being crushed under them. read more

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Extinction Rebellion activists arrested after Shell’s London HQ vandalised

Extinction Rebellion activists arrested after Shell’s London HQ vandalised

Staff writer: 8 September 2020, 5:17 pm BST

Several Extinction Rebellion activists have been arrested after the Shell Centre in central London was vandalised.

Green graffiti reading “stop ecocide” was sprayed on the outside of the building. One arrestee was seen with green hands.

Earlier, around 100 protesters had gathered in Jubilee Gardens opposite Shell’s London headquarters to demonstrate against the oil and gas company.

Some demonstrators also dropped a banner from Westminster Bridge which read “Shell = Death”. read more

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Two Climate Protesters Arrested in London as Demonstrations Resume

By Reuters: Aug. 28, 2020, 7:54 a.m. ET

LONDON — Police arrested two climate activists on Friday as the resumption of Extinction Rebellion’s protests following a coronavirus-forced hiatus saw the pair target oil firm Shell’s main London office.

They had painted the word “lies” in large green letters on the glass front doors of the building as other protesters held up a banner.

“Officers attended and two women aged 33 and 47 were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. Both remain in custody,” a police spokesman said. read more

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Extinction Rebellion protest outside London HQ of oil giant Shell

Extinction Rebellion protest outside London HQ of oil giant Shell

At least one protester was arrested after demonstrators representing climate advocacy group, Extinction Rebellion, gathered outside Shell Centre, the London headquarters of the major oil firm, and spray-painted the word “LIES” on the building entrance.

The activist group had planned the demonstration for early Friday but minutes into the protest the graffiti painter, a young woman wearing a white painter’s uniform with the XR logo on the back, was arrested by police. read more

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Tell Shell to take real action against climate change and not go to COP Paris

In a surprising turn of events, Shell’s board of executives has officially endorsed a SumOfUs-backed resolution committing the company to take action against climate change.

Still, Shell is lobbying UN representatives to block any kind of real climate solutions in the run-up to the UN climate talks in Paris this year.

We can’t let Shell’s stated commitment to fight climate change be mere greenwashing. If Shell’s executives are really serious about tackling climate change, then they have to stop meddling with the climate talks. And with Shell responding to our pressure for the first time, we’re in a real position to force them to act. read more

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Shell offsetting carbon in Scottish forest is ‘greenwashing’, Government official warned

Shell offsetting carbon in Scottish forest is ‘greenwashing’, Government official warned

Forestry and Land Scotland accepted £5m to partner with Shell to offset emissions despite warning from senior employees of ‘greenwashing’

Shell’s plan to use Scottish forests for carbon offsetting is “greenwashing”, Government officials warned before accepting £5million for the scheme to go ahead.

The team at Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) said that the money was “small beer” for the oil giant and said that they were at risk being “worked over by Shell’s formidable PR machinery”. read more

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NEW YORK INTELLIGENCER: Shell Is Looking Forward

EXTRACTS (Entire New York Magazine article can be read here)

Since 2017, when I published a book about American millennials, I’ve had the occasional cold call from corporations to come talk about my work, all but one of which I’ve turned down. But last fall, the Shell Scenarios team — as in Royal Dutch Shell, one of the biggest oil companies in the world — offered me £2,000 in exchange for a 15-minute talk and my participation in a group exercise. Its internal corporate think tank was holding a daylong conference about how generational change would affect the hopefulness projected in what the company calls the “Sky Scenario,” which it describes as “a technically possible but challenging pathway for society to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.” I’m not a climate expert, but apparently I qualify as a generational whisperer, at least to Shell, and to talk to me about global warming, the giant energy conglomerate wanted to fly me to London from Philadelphia, business class. I warned them that I couldn’t keep their money and asked if I’d need to sign an NDA. When they said no, I saw an opportunity to report on the oil company, undercover while in plain sight, without technically lying to anyone. It was too good to pass up. I said yes, then I emailed my editor. read more

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Reuters: UK advertising watchdog investigates Shell’s “drive carbon neutral” campaign

By Matthew Green and Andrew R.C. Marshall: Reuters March 2, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s advertising watchdog has opened an investigation into claims by Shell <RDSa.L> that customers at its petrol stations can “drive carbon neutral”, after receiving complaints from members of the public, the regulator said on Monday.

Shell said in October that it would become the first petrol retailer in Britain to offset the carbon dioxide emissions from customers’ fuel purchases at its service stations at no extra cost by backing forestry schemes. read more

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