Oil companies have a long history of uniting with other organisations to spread doubt about the seriousness of climate change and fuel climate science denial. Continue reading
Fossil fuels are big money, and those who manage the companies which extract them aren’t exactly known for turning down their multi-million-dollar bonuses. Continue reading
Senior executives at Shell knowingly took part in a vast bribery scheme that robbed the Nigerian people of $1.1 billion. Now, the company and its staff are on trial in what is perhaps the biggest corruption case the oil industry has ever seen. Continue reading
Global climate change has already begun, and the scientific consensus is that it is largely caused by burning fossil fuels and deforestation. Allowing temperatures to keep rising unabated would push the world further into climate crisis, so in 2015 governments agreed to limit warming to under 2 degrees Celsius – while acknowledging that even that wouldn’t avoid many severe impacts across the world.
If countries are serious about meeting that limit, approximately 80 percent of the fossil fuels we already know about will need to be left in the ground. Continue reading
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