Shell Doubles Down on Gas and Oil Despite Looming Climate Disaster

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Citizens protested Shell's Arctic drilling plans with the 'Paddle in Seattle' near Shell's oil drilling rig on May 16. (Photo: Jason Redmond/Reuters)

May 18, 2015· 1 MIN READ
TakePart Staff

Under CEO Ben van Beurden, oil company Royal Dutch Shell has refined its public position on climate change to better align with certain real-world conditions—including acknowledgment that climate change is happening and is caused by human activities, reports The Guardian.

But the company’s business strategy has not strayed from a path that may contribute to global temperatures rising nearly 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) in the coming decades, an internal Shell document acknowledges.

Shell continues to sink millions into Arctic Ocean and tar-sands drilling and recently acquired a natural gas exploration company, giving the corporation an even larger stake in ongoing fossil fuel development. One expert quoted by The Guardian says the deal “shows that big oil’s growth strategy over the last 10 years is bust.”

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