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Democrats call on oil companies to testify on climate disinformation

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Democrats call on oil companies to testify on climate disinformation

PUBLISHED THU, SEP 16 20212:54 PM EDT UPDATED THU, SEP 16 20213:59 PM EDT Emma Newburger@EMMA_NEWBURGER KEY POINTS
  • The committee called on top executives at ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, Shell and lobbying groups American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to testify before Congress next month.
  • The committee also requested documents on the reported role of the oil and gas industry in a long-term campaign to spread climate disinformation and undermine climate policy.

The House Oversight Committee on Thursday expanded its investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s involvement in spreading disinformation about the role fossil fuels play in causing climate change.

Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., and Subcommittee on the Environment Chairman Ro Khanna, D-Calif., called on top executives at ExxonMobilBPChevron, Shell and lobbying groups American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to testify before Congress next month. read more

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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

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

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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

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

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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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Guardian Newspaper: we will no longer accept advertising from fossil fuel extractive industries

Extracts from an email John Donovan received from the Guardian newspaper on 4 February 2020: 

…we will no longer accept advertising from fossil fuel extractive industries. 

We are the first major global news organisation to turn our backs on the oil and gas industry. The move will cost us money. But we felt obliged to act… 

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Big Oil’s filthy legacy in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria

Image from Amnesty International UK

IMAGE SOURCE: Slick PR can’t disguise Shell’s devastating oil pollution in Nigeria

ARTICLE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

The Fisherwomen, Chevron and the Leaking Pipe

Oil companies like Chevron, Shell and Eni have made billions in profits in the vast Niger Delta region in the last decades. But now some are pulling out — and they are leaving utter ruin in their wake, according to government monitors and environmental and human rights organizations. The delicate ecosystem of the Niger Delta, once teeming with plant and animal life, is today one of the most polluted places on the planet. read more

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

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

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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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Big oil and gas kept a dirty secret for decades. Now they may pay the price

The Guardian

Big oil and gas kept a dirty secret for decades. Now they may pay the price

Chris McGreal: Wed 30 Jun 2021 08.00 BST

The environmentalist Bill McKibben once characterized the fossil fuel industry’s behavior as “the most consequential cover-up in US history”. And now for the first time in decades, the lawsuits chart a path toward public accountability that climate activists say has the potential to rival big tobacco’s downfall after it concealed the real dangers of smoking.

“We are at an inflection point,” said Daniel Farber, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley and director of the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment. read more

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Oil and gas firms could face fresh legal action by activist groups

Oil and gas firms could face fresh legal action by activist groups as investors demand stock market-listed firms align with Paris climate goals

Major oil and gas firms including BP and Shell could face fresh legal action by activist groups as investors demand stock market-listed firms align with Paris climate goals.

The wave of potential lawsuits could also target Chevron and Exxon and other heavy industry majors such as Ineos, the petrochemicals giant controlled by billionaire Jim Ratcliffe, and biomass power firm Drax. read more

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

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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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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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