City Diary: Martin Waller
January 25, 2008
A curious letter from Jeroen van der Veer, the Shell chief executive, has been acquired by the royaldutchshellplc website, which is nothing to do with the company but often seems to receive internal stuff in error. It is about how we get out of needing more energy but creating less CO2. As readers may know, internal memos at Shell are not always entirely transparent. Van der Veer sets out two scenarios, Scramble, which “resembles a race through a mountainous desert”, and Blueprints, which “develops like a cautious ride on a road that is still under construction”. Puzzling stuff.