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Oil not to blame for climate change: OPEC

PARIS (Reuters) - OPEC said oil was not to blame for climate change and consuming countries should pay to fight the threat, while the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell said drivers could help by not buying Hummer sports utility vehicles.

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GREENWASH – The drama and the reality

Posted on April 2nd, 2009

by Paddy Briggs 

“He’s a PR man. For an oil company. That’s bottom of the list!

 Below TV evangelist. Just above child molester.”

Michael in “Greenwash” by David Lewis

I have just been scanning through the last seven editions of “The Economist” newspaper – and as always it’s a very good read. And in these troubled times it is arguably an essential source to inform about what really might be going on in the world. The pointers to today’s realities come from The Economist’s excellent but anonymous correspondents, the letters and especially for the advertisements – or at the moment the lack of them.  The good news is that the “Greenwash” ads, which featured strongly in the newspaper until recently, have vanished! A year or so ago, and for some years before that, upmarket print media was full of mostly disingenuous corporate advertising from oil and energy companies with a common theme. In short Shell, BP, Total, Chevron and even ExxonMobil wanted to convince their “special publics” (as Shell called us) that they were public-spirited companies. In particular the message was that they had a unique contribution to make to the resolution of the world’s energy problems – global warming and all that. A common message was that the “proof” that Shell and the rest really cared was their alleged commitment to not just their traditional oil and gas businesses but also to a whole raft of non-traditional energy initiatives such as renewable forests, solar, wind, hydrogen and the like.  It wasn’t just former oil company insiders like me who were sceptical of these claims – all the NGOs and most of the other proponents of Renewables saw through the chimera and christened it “Greenwash”. read more

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Oil companies: underinvesting can spark price jump

Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Jeroen van der Veer said the crisis was causing the whole industry to under-invest in new oil and gas projects

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Shell CEO:09 Oil Sector Capex Likely To Fall By +12% On Yr

PARIS (Dow Jones)--Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDSB.LN) Chief Executive Jeroen van der Veer said Thursday that global oil industry spending this year is likely to fall by more than 12% compared with last year as the fallout builds from weaker oil prices and the global economic recession.

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BP axes 620 jobs from solar business

The London-based company said last year it was going to concentrate its alternative energy business on wind and solar in the US, while rival Shell has also been cutting back.

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McKillop’s move spares BP his blushes over RBS

He would have been the ideal devil's advocate if Tony Hayward, BP's chief executive, had suddenly wanted to bid for an international company with roots in the Netherlands - Royal Dutch Shell, say.

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Waning American dream weighs on Shell and BP

...a lake of unsold oil stored in refineries and ports across the country has swollen to its highest level in 16 years, according to figures unveiled by the US Energy Department.

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