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Shell Hides Behind Canada’s Big Oil Lobby

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Here are three ways Shell’s climate principles are just greenwashing:  

  1. Shell “supports” the Paris Agreement on climate change, limiting warming to 1.5 degrees C., and Canada achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. And in the last federal election, CAPP lobbied for a rollback of environmental protection and a massive expansion of oil and gas development that would increase Canada’s carbon emissions by more than 100 million tonnes by 2030. You know what isn’t a pathway to zero emissions? Increasing them a lot.

  2. Shell “supports” an energy transition with a larger role for renewables: CAPP’s laughably vague and weak approach to addressing climate change discusses no other forms of energy other than oil and gas. Someone should tell CAPP, and Shell, that fossil fuels cause climate change rather than provide solutions to the crisis. Meanwhile, Shell decided that another industry association it belongs to, WindEurope, was offside with its principles because WindEurope takes a cautious approach to techno fixes like carbon capture and storage and the potential for forests to absorb fossil’s fuels’ carbon emissions. You can’t make this stuff up.
  3. Shell “supports” transparency when dealing with the government and public: And yet in the middle of the pandemic, CAPP sent a secret memo to the federal government with a long list of demands, including the suspension of lobbying rules so that meetings between Big Oil and the government could be undertaken in secret. The irony is palpable. CAPP had many other egregious demands including suspending environmental monitoring, deferring the implementation of Indigenous rights, and delaying the implementation of rail safety regulations for oil trains. 

And lo and behold, CAPP ended up forming a secretive committee with the federal government to discuss environmental and energy policy during the pandemic, which government officials initially lied about when contacted by the press.

It’s time for the public to ignore Big Oil’s greenwashing

CAPP’s actions directly contradict Shell’s corporate sustainability principles. As long as Shell remains a member, the public should know that its principles are an empty PR exercise.

Oil giants like Shell keep saying publicly they want to be part of the climate solution, but lobbying groups like CAPP work behind the scenes to block climate action on their behalf. You should be wary of claims you see from Shell and other big oil players…this case shows their claims can be a lot of greenwashing.

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Shell Canada says it really cares about climate action. Really not. It keeps telling us how much it cares so it really should.

And yet, as the old saying goes, “Tell us who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are.” One of Shell Canada’s longest-lasting relationships is with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP), an industry lobby group that is possibly the biggest obstacle to climate action in Canada.

Shell reviews its membership in industry associations every year. in 2019 and then in 2020, Shell found that the CAPP was out of step with Shell’s principles due to a lack of support for climate policies such as the Paris Agreement and carbon pricing. More than 15,000 Canadians sent letters to Shell telling the company it was time to sever ties with CAPP.

And then, last month Shell decided that it would continue to be a member for at least one more year. A real head scratch. Despite Shell’s insistence that it is a climate champion, it has chosen to ally with CAPP, whose toxic, covert effects have killed laws designed to protect public health, cut pollution and curb carbon emissions. or have reduced – including during COVID-19. Problem.

Here are three ways Shell’s climate theory is just greenwashing:

  1. Shell “supports” the Paris Agreement on climate change, limiting warming to 1.5°C, and Canada achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. And in the last federal election, CAPP lobbied for a rollback of environmental protection and a massive expansion of oil and gas development, which to head Canada’s carbon emissions will exceed 100 million tonnes by 2030. You know what’s not the path to zero emissions? Increasing them a lot.
  2. Shell “supports” an energy transition with a bigger role for renewable energy: CAPP’s ridiculously vague and weak approach to addressing climate change does not discuss other forms of energy Other than oil and gas. Someone should tell CAPP and Shell that fossil fuels cause climate change rather than provide a solution to the crisis. During this, Shell decided That another industry association, WindEurope, differed from its principles because WindEurope takes a cautious approach to technological improvements such as carbon capture and storage and the ability of forests to absorb the carbon emissions of fossil fuels. You can’t make this stuff.
  3. Shell “supports” transparency when dealing with government and the public: And yet in the midst of the pandemic, the CAPP did a . Sent secret memorandum With a long list of demands to the federal government, including the suspension of lobbying rules so that meetings between Big Oil and the government could be held in secret. The irony is worth seeing. There were many other serious demands including suspension of environmental monitoring of CAPP, suspension of implementation of indigenous rights and delay in implementation of rail safety rules for oil trains.

And lo and behold, the CAPP took a . Formed secret committee with the federal government to discuss environmental and energy policy during the pandemic, which Government officials initially lied When the press approached.

It’s Time for the Public to Ignore Big Oil’s Greenwashing

CAPP’s actions directly contradict Shell’s corporate sustainability principles. As long as Shell remains a member, the public should know that its principles are an empty PR exercise.

Oil giants like Shell keep publicly saying they want to be part of the climate solution, but lobbying groups like the CAPP work behind the scenes to stymie climate action on their behalf. You should be wary of the claims of Shell and other big oil companies…the case shows that their claims could be a lot of greenwashing.

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