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Brits face a massive increase in energy bills. BP and Shell could be on the hook to pay

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Brits face a massive increase in energy bills. BP and Shell could be on the hook to pay

Updated 1221 GMT (2021 HKT) January 10, 2022

London (CNN Business)The UK government is coming under mounting pressure to increase taxes on oil and gas companies, including BP and Shell. The aim: to help British households cope with skyrocketing energy bills.

The main opposition Labour Party this weekend called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose a windfall tax on companies pumping oil and gas from the North Sea, saying that the money raised could be used to cut £200 ($272) from soaring household bills. read more

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Break up big oil, says former BP boss Lord Browne

THE TIMES

Break up big oil, says former BP boss Lord Browne

Emily Gosden, Energy Editor:

Oil majors should break themselves up into separate fossil fuel and low-carbon businesses to accelerate investment in the energy transition, the former boss of BP has said.

The comments by Lord Browne of Madingley will fuel debate over the strategies of Britain’s oil giants with Shell already facing calls from Third Point, the US activist investor, to break itself up.

Both Shell and BP have thus far argued that they are better off remaining as single companies so they can use the proceeds of their oil businesses to fund green investments. read more

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Want To Stop Climate Change? Buy Big Oil Stock

Forbes:

Want To Stop Climate Change?

Buy Big Oil Stock

Jeroen Kraaijenbrink: Contributor: Leadership Strategy: 3 JAN 2022

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In an age in which stock trading is no longer reserved to Wall-Street and a climate crisis is becoming a reality, sustainability-driven shareholder activism was bound to happen. And we see it happening, with increasing impact—especially in Big Oil, responsible for the largest share of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“Thanks to the votes of institutional investors for the Follow This climate resolutions, Shell, Equinor, BP, Phillips 66, and Chevron have reluctantly set climate ambitions covering Scope 3 already.” And, as Follow This announced in their recent investor briefing, they will file no less than eight climate resolutions in 2022, at Shell, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, Occidental Petroleum, ExxonMobil, and Marathon Petroleum. read more

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Was Shell’s response to Cambo reasonable?

Was Shell’s response to Cambo reasonable?

SOME THOUGHTS FROM A LONG-TERM CONTRIBUTOR TO THIS WEBSITE, A RETIRED SENIOR SHELL OFFICIAL, BILL CAMPBELL

Given that US and China dominate the world’s CO2 emissions you have to ask the question was the Shell response to Cambo reasonable?

UK with its total CO2 emissions just under 3% of the World with the oil and gas sector in the UK contributing circa 25% of UK emissions, but with transport and electricity generation accounting for just over 52%, it makes you wonder since the UK may have to import more oil in the near to medium future (increasing transport emissions) in so doing.  read more

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Shell’s decision to leave the Netherlands is about keeping investors on its side in difficult times

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Shell’s decision to leave the Netherlands is about keeping investors on its side in difficult times

BY KATHERINE DUNN: November 16, 2021 4:58 PM GMT

The Dutch government is scrambling to find a way to make Royal Dutch Shell remain royal and Dutch after the oil and gas giant announced Monday that it had decided to up sticks from its home in the Hague and move its headquarters to London.

The Dutch government’s eagerness to retain the giant firm is not surprising—and exactly how Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his cabinet are trying to do so says a lot about which of Shell’s stated reasons for moving is the most important one. read more

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Governments and Big Oil were first. The next wave of climate lawsuits will target banks and boards

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Governments and Big Oil were first. The next wave of climate lawsuits will target banks and boards

Sam Meredith@SMEREDITH19 :PUBLISHED THU, NOV 11 20212:26 AM EST

GLASGOW, Scotland — Financial institutions and individual board members could be the next targets of climate litigation cases, according to the campaigners who helped to secure a landmark courtroom victory against oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.

It comes at a time when countries are scrambling to reach consensus in the final days of the COP26 climate summit. Negotiators from 197 countries are taking part in discussions with the goal of keeping the all-important global target of 1.5 degrees Celsius alive. read more

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BP and Shell: Big Oil risks big embarrassment as profits roll in during COP26

London Evening Standard

BP and Shell: Big Oil risks big embarrassment as profits roll in during COP26

By Lucy Tobin World leaders this week gathered in Glasgow to discuss tackling climate change, which is driven in part by fossil fuel emissions. At the same time super majors like BP and Shell have announced billions in profits thanks to surging oil prices.

The timing was impeccable: as 30,000 COP26 delegates listened to UN Secretary-General António Guterres warn that “our addiction to fossil fuels is pushing humanity to the brink… either we stop it — or it stops us,” BP hurled billions of dollars at its investors via its third-quarter results.

The oil major pledged to return another $2.25 billion via buybacks and dividends this week thanks to Brent oil trading at $85 dollars a barrel, its highest since 2014. Boss Bernard Looney admitted BP was “a cash machine at these types of prices.” read more

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Bill Gates predicts oil companies ‘will be worth very little’ in 30 years — here’s why

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Bill Gates predicts oil companies ‘will be worth very little’ in 30 years — here’s why

Tom Huddleston Jr: Published Sat, Nov 6 20219:30 AM EDT

If you’re looking for an extremely long-term stock pick from billionaire Bill Gates, here it is: Avoid Big Oil.

As the world moves away from fossil fuels and adopts more clean and renewable energy sources, oil giants that have dominated markets for more than a century could be in trouble, the Microsoft co-founder said in a briefing at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Thursday. read more

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We’ll all pay for turning Big Oil into a pariah

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We’ll all pay for turning Big Oil into a pariah

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If nothing else, the apparent contradiction in aims highlights a basic truth about “Big Oil”; like it or not, the world remains overwhelmingly dependent on hydrocarbons for its energy needs; however fast we invest in alternatives, that’s not going to change for some time to come.

Both of Britain’s oil majors, BP and Shell, have ambitious plans to transform themselves into clean energy enterprises, yet to the fury of Extinction Rebellion activists, the bulk of their investment is still heavily focused on oil and gas. As it is, they are arguably not investing nearly enough in hydrocarbons. read more

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Shell and BP paid zero tax on North Sea gas and oil for three years

The Observer: Shell and BP paid zero tax on North Sea gas and oil for three years

Jon Ungoed-Thomas: Sat 30 Oct 2021 20.15 BST

Shell and BP, which together produce more than 1.7bn tonnes of greenhouse gases a year, have not paid any corporation tax on oil and gas production in the North Sea for the last three years, company filings reveal.

The oil giants, which have an annual global footprint of greenhouse gases more than five times bigger than Britain’s, are benefiting from billions of pounds of tax breaks and reliefs for oil and gas production. read more

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Break-up calls and congressional hearings: Big Oil faces growing pressure to change

The Washington Post

Break-up calls and congressional hearings: Big Oil faces growing pressure to change

Ahead of the COP26 Summit, oil executives made a historic appearance on Capitol Hill and Shell faced a hedge funds’s call to split up its business.

By Taylor Telford: 29 Oct 2021 5:18 p.m. EDT

On the eve of a pivotal global climate summit, the world’s oil giants have been swamped by calls from activists, investors and lawmakers to move faster to transform their businesses, cut down greenhouse gas emissions and take responsibility for their role in the climate crisis. read more

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Shell vs. Dan Loeb: It’s open season for the market on Big Oil’s future

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Shell vs. Dan Loeb: It’s open season for the market on Big Oil’s future

PUBLISHED THU, OCT 28 20213:00 PM EDT UPDATED THU, OCT 28 202111:07 PM EDT Eric Rosenbaum@ERPROSE KEY POINTS
  • Dan Loeb’s Third Point Management has begun another high-profile activist campaign this time against Big Oil, calling for the breakup of Royal Dutch Shell into a legacy oil and gas company and separate business for renewable energy, among other units.
  • The Shell battle is at the heart of how an energy giant of the future shapes its business model during the energy transition and balances higher return fossil fuel projects with clean energy investment.
  • Former BP CEO John Browne said at the CNBC ESG Impact summit on Thursday that oil companies are now speaking the right language about carbon reduction, but the plans have no real meaning yet.

The surprise win earlier this year by activist firm Engine No. 1 of board seats at Exxon Mobil was a watershed event in Big Oil’s ability to control the climate narrative as investors push for change. But the stake revealed this week in Royal Dutch Shell by Dan Loeb’s Third Point Management activist investor firm may say more about how energy giants balance business models in the future to hang on to higher return, cash-generating legacy fossil fuel projects while investing in renewable energy. read more

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Polluting oil giants BP and Shell still using cloak and dagger activity to target perceived enemies

Introduction by John Donovan: Printed below is a news story published by openDemocracy with links to related coverage by City AM and The Times. The Sunday Times published a related article in 2001 headlined MI6 ‘Firm’ Spied on Green Groups. That undercover activity targeted Greenpeace and other perceived enemies of Shell and BP. Like BP, Shell is also still using covert intelligence activity. SEE Shell’s failed blundering attempt to kill my royaldutchshell.website

Also related: Top spy takes early retirement from MI6… only to be hired by BP… read more

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Shell likely to miss own emission reduction goals, shareholder group says

Seeking Alpha

Shell likely to miss own emission reduction goals, shareholder group says

Oct. 22, 2021 12:32 PM ETRoyal Dutch Shell plc (RDS.A)RDS.BBy: Carl SurranSA News Editor

  • Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.ARDS.B) is on track to miss its own emission reduction targets in the coming decades, according to a new analysis by Global Climate Insights.
  • Shell’s energy transition strategy “is still materially driven by fuels that will increase emissions, producing a growth strategy that will not truly align with a decarbonizing world,” the study says, as reported by Bloomberg.
  • The research casts doubt on Shell’s own climate goals as well as its ability to comply with a landmark Dutch court order earlier this year to cut emissions 45% by 2030 from 2019 levels.
  • Shell already had pledged to cut GHG emissions by 20% by 2030 and to net-zero by 2050, but GCI says the company will not meet the target established by the court ruling “and will instead increase net emissions by 4.4%.”
  • If Shell is to align with the 2015 Paris Agreement’s goals of keeping global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius, it needs to pursue growth beyond gas more aggressively, according to the report.
  • Seeking Alpha contributor Portfolio Navigator says the focus of Shell’s management on rapidly growing the dividend is “a boon for investors.”
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    Shell’s head of gas and renewables to leave company after 25 years

    Shell’s head of gas and renewables to leave company after 25 years

    Tom Wilson in London:  OCTOBER 15 2021

    Royal Dutch Shell’s head of gas and renewable energy is leaving the business after 25 years, the latest shake-up in the teams leading the transition towards cleaner fuels at Europe’s energy majors. Maarten Wetselaar will be replaced as director of integrated gas and renewable and energy solutions by the current head of upstream Wael Sawan, the company said on Friday.

    FULL FT ARTICLE

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    Britain’s fossil fuel dilemma in the spotlight as climate talks near

    Britain’s fossil fuel dilemma in the spotlight as climate talks near

    By Shadia Nasralla: Oct 19, 2021

    EXTRACTS

    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain faces a fossil fuel dilemma: it can burnish its green credentials by halting new oil and gas development in the North Sea, yet doing so will leave it more reliant on imported fuel.

    Britain’s Oil and Gas Authority said gas extracted from the British North Sea had an average emission intensity of 22 kg carbon dioxide equivalent per barrel of oil equivalent, while imported LNG had an average intensity of 59 kg. read more

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