Waiting for the corporate jet to pull up to the gate
Shell has been forced to leave a Prince of Wales climate change project which it helped found after a row over the oil company’s controversial drilling programme in the Arctic.
The departure from the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leader Group is another embarrassing setback for the oil and gas company, which has been battling to preserve its reputation in the face of a vociferous and growing campaign against its operations in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska…
The exit was announced in a short note on the climate change programme’s website, based at Cambridge University, which said: “As of September 2015 longstanding member Royal Dutch Shell is no longer a member.”
Sources said there had been a falling out with other companies unhappy about Shell exploring for more fossil fuels in the Arctic.
Many experts believe that some existing oil and gas reserves cannot be burned if CO2 levels are not to rise to dangerous levels. They feel further drilling is not needed, especially in such high cost areas.
A Shell spokesman declined to comment on why the company had left the group which includes Unilever, Tesco and others, saying it was a matter for the other members to explain. He said: “We can confirm that we are no longer a member of the Corporate Leaders’ Group, of which we were a founder member in 2005…”
The spokesman defended the company’s stance on Alaskan drilling which was recently given the go-ahead by Barack Obama but which has been opposed by Democratic leadership hopeful, Hillary Clinton, and many others.
OTOH, the fossil fuel barons – intellectual and political fossils on their own – have the Republican Party and other conservative parties around the world lining up to protect their corporate butts from environmental responsibility.
Individually and collectively, it is worth recording which side our politicians come down on in this part of the fight for a cleaner planet, a better life. Who defines success in terms of quality of life – and who chooses profiteering from environmental degradation.