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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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Bloomberg: Oil CEOs at Davos debate tougher CO2 cuts as pressure mounts

The bosses of some of the world’s biggest oil companies discussed adopting much more ambitious carbon targets at a closed-door meeting in Davos, a sign of how much pressure they’re under from activists and investors to address climate change.

The meeting, part of a World Economic Forum dominated by climate issues, included a debate on widening the industry’s target to include reductions in emissions from the fuels they sell, not just the greenhouse gases produced by their own operations, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. 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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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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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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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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THE GUARDIAN: Royal Dutch Shell may fail to reach green energy targets

Royal Dutch Shell is at risk of falling short on plans to invest up to $6bn (£4.6bn) in green energy projects between 2016 and the end of 2020, with its slow progress likely to raise concern that oil companies are not moving fast enough to help tackle the climate crisis.

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CHURCH TIMES: Oil company shares? Time to move our investments elsewhere?

by PAUL VALLELY: 03 JANUARY 2020

HERE we are, in 2020, at the start of not just a new year but a new decade. It is one that could prove make-or-break for the dominant challenge of the 21st century: climate change. Will it be a decade of delivery or a decade of disaster?

So, what is the way forward? The director of new energies at Shell, Maarten Wetselaar, outlined its $2-billion plan to transition from fossil-fuels to low-carbon energy. Yet it is still spending $25 billion on oil prospecting.

The world of finance, which holds large amounts of oil-company shares, must exert pressure for that to change. The trouble, says the outgoing governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, is that financial firms are “not moving fast enough” away from fossil-fuel investments. Many of those investments, which could rapidly become worthless, are lodged in the pension funds of ordinary people. Perhaps it is time for us to demand that our pension funds move our investments elsewhere. read more

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EXPRESS: Pension funds for millions of Brits could end up ‘worthless’, warns Bank of England chief

PENSION FUND managers still investing in fossil fuels despite aims for the UK to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 risk millions of Britons assets becoming “worthless”, Bank of England governor Mark Carney told BBC Today.

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