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WSJ: Italy’s Oil King Fights to Preserve His Legacy

Chief of country’s second-largest company faces accusations that he approved bribery payments to Nigerian officials

By Sarah McFarlane and Eric Sylvers:

By some measures, Claudio Descalzi is one of the most influential chief executives to lead Italian oil giant Eni E -0.93% SpA. But after 39 years with the company—the last six as CEO—he is on trial, facing charges that he orchestrated the company’s payment of $1.3 billion for drilling rights in Nigeria with the understanding that most of the money would be paid out in bribes.

As Mr. Descalzi fights the charges in a Milan court, he is vying for a third three-year term as Eni’s CEO. He defends his tenure leading Italy’s second-largest company and denies taking part in any illegal activity. He wants another term, he said, to continue transforming Eni and grooming its future leadership. read more

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OilPrice.com: Behind Closed Doors: Big Oil Talks Broader Emission Cuts

By Tsvetana Paraskova – Jan 22, 2020, 2:00 PM CST

Several of the world’s largest oil companies talked behind closed doors on Wednesday about the potential adoption of more stringent emission reduction targets that could include emissions from the products they sell to end consumers, sources with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, where climate change and the urgency to act has taken center stage this year, the top executives of oil companies Chevron, BP, Shell, Total, and Saudi Aramco, among others,  met to discuss whether the industry should start accounting for and drafting emission reduction targets not only for their respective oil production, but also for emissions ‘at the pump’, or the emissions from the fuels they sell. read more

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The green revolution is inevitable

Nicholas Tucker, Columnist:

As the fight against climate change continues, it gets easy to view the issue as a direct two-sided conflict. It seems to be the idea of many that fossil fuel companies are trying to keep oil, coal and other nonrenewable resources, which have been the mainstay of the American power network, firmly in place at the top of energy production. However, this doesn’t seem to be the case. The real fight isn’t over whether or not the world goes green, it’s about when it does and who gets to hold or gain power in the revolutionized world that is fast-approaching. The green revolution is inevitable. read more

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The Motley Fool: Ethical investors can avoid energy stocks, but should they?

James J. McCombie | Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020

There is plenty of evidence that human activity is causing climate change and the Global Risks Report 2020 from the World Economic Forum has revealed that it is the number one long-term concern of the interviewed stakeholders.

Willingness to do more to safeguard the environment, particularly encouraging the slashing of emissions seems to be growing among the investment community.

BlackRock, a US-based global investment manager, will be offering more sustainable investment funds, and some individual investors globally are shunning the shares of polluters. Putting your capital in ‘green’ companies supports the efforts of those firms to make a difference and could mean that ‘dirty’ companies change their ways in response, or suffer if they do not change. read more

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Real reasons Trump left the Paris Climate Summit?

Letter to the editor published by the News Tribune

Jan 22, 2020

From Mike Barnhill

Ashland

Dear Editor:

Time Magazine’s recent article on “Can the oil-and-gas industry survive the climate-change fall-out?” may explain why President Trump left the Paris Climate Summit.

The Netherlands oil giant, Royal Dutch Shell, is the country’s biggest business. As oil flirts with the prospect of decline, Shell is diversifying by expanding its plastics business and diversifying into electrical power. Some firms such as America’s ExxonMobil, are positioning themselves to squeeze the last lucrative years from the oil economy while attempting to convince shareholders that they will be able to sell all their oil. read more

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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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yahoo! finance:Shareholders expect oil companies to be ‘responsive’ to climate change

Sara Dramer: Associate Producer: Yahoo Finance: Jan 17, 2020

Climate change emerging as the urgent issue of the day. Last year was the second-hottest year on record and the 2010s being the warmest decade on record.

And for the first time, climate-related issues dominated the top-five likely risks over the next decade, according to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) new annual “Global Risks Report,” which ranks the most urgent risks currently facing the globe.

One oil industry watcher says big oil companies need to adopt better climate change policies or face repercussions from shareholders. 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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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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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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THE INDEPENDENT: Oil companies like Shell could destroy humanity as we know it

The climate column: Compulsory and voluntary carbon exposure declarations are a joke. It is time for governments to unite and take the kind of action the planet desperately needs

But instead of listening to its own scientists, it continued to invest billions in fossil fuels...

“It is now too late to leave”…

Imagine living in East Gippsland, Australia, with your family and hearing this message in the middle of an apocalyptic Australian fire-storm.

But this emergency warning delivered to terrified Australians trapped by fires on beaches in pitch blackness, with ash and fiery embers raining down on them, is also a message to humanity.

We are teetering on the edge of the climate precipice; it may already be too late to pull us back.

The rate that we are increasing fossil fuel usage rather than slashing it, means that our remaining carbon budget to avoid breaching a 1.5C rise in global temperatures will be bust in just eight years. read more

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