Why Shell’s plan to tackle climate change doesn’t stack up

'Kayaktivists' who opposed Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic blockaded the company's Polar Pioneer drilling rig in Seattle. The company subsequently abandoned its Arctic drilling ambitions. Photo: Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com

Question: How do you convince the world your business plan won’t cause disasterous climate change?

Answer: Make up some numbers to pretend it’ll be fine, while not actually changing anything.

That’s pretty much what Shell did when it released a new climate change scenario in March 2018. Known as the ‘Sky’ scenario, the report outlines how the company thinks the world can prevent warming of more than two degrees while handily still consuming lots of fossil fuels. Continue reading