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Sorry Environmentalists, Shell's Arctic Decision is All About the Money

September 30, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland

Shell and Arctic Drilling

Environmentalists can hardly contain themselves with news that Royal Dutch Shell abandoned oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic for “the foreseeable future.” To be sure, the oil companies are under tremendous pressure to keep carbon “in the ground.” But that is not what triggered Shell’s decision.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Beyond Shell-BG, Oil Company Merger Activity is Down

July 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Oil Company Mergers

The second quarter of 2015 exhibited the largest amount of oil companies' merger and acquisition (M&A) activity by value since fourth-quarter 2012. The announced merger between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group in early April accounted for $84 billion of the $115 billion quarterly total.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Big Oil Addresses Climate Change

February 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Big Oil and Climate Change

This speech is important. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden says that it is time for the oil industry to join the debate over climate change. Shell has long advocated for a price on carbon, but in a speech Thursday in London he took the message farther.[read more]

The Real Reason Shell Halted Its Ukrainian Shale Operations

June 25, 2014 by Igor Alexeev

Shell and Ukrainian Shale

Royal Dutch Shell has blamed air strikes by the government in Kiev against its own citizens as the reason it decided to halt its shale oil projects in the region. The truth may be that company is disappointed with the viability of what it once thought was a large shale deposit, and is looking for a way out.[read more]

Shell Oil Self-Imposes Carbon Pollution Tax High Enough To Crash Coal, Erase Natural Gas's Value-Add

November 25, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Carbon Pricing and Shell

Royal Dutch Shell includes a high price for carbon dioxide when evaluating new projects. The $40 a metric ton price that Shell uses would — if widely adopted — reshape domestic and international energy consumption and investment trends.[read more]


Oil industry insider exposé: what it took to wake some of them up on climate.

November 19, 2010 by David Lewis

I’ve just read Challenged by Carbon: The Oil Industry and Climate Change, which was written by Dr. Bryan Lovell, a former senior executive at British Petroleum. Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, a former CEO of Royal Dutch/Shell, appears on the first page in a reviewers blurb and tells us this book is “an authoritative insider’s view”.  It is....[read more]

It’s all in the context . . .

October 30, 2009 by David Hone

After a short telephone interview yesterday, I was quoted in the Guardian newspaper today, but unfortunately completely out of context. Based on the interview, The Guardian chose to position Shell as opposing action in Copenhagen, which couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact the conversation was about the application of a floor...[read more]

David Hone of Royal Dutch Shell on The Energy Collective

April 16, 2009 by MarkLazen

It gives me great pleasure to welcome an important new voice to our community today.David Hone is Climate Change Advisor for Royal Dutch Shell, and also a board member and Vice Chairman of the International Emissions Trading Association. David's first two Energy Collective posts provide an auspicious taste of what we can look forward to...[read more]