oil, gas, coal : how to make them look good
(The alternative pr awards)
This week we are featuring one of the countries biggest earning sectors
(an industry worth 10s of billions with hundreds of thousands of employees reference).
We are in a climate crisis. The fossil fuel industry is responsible for 75% of global CO2 emissions. We can’t burn the fossil fuels we already know about; 99% of fossil fuel companies’ investment is in more oil, gas & coal. They have known about the crisis since at least the 1980s but hidden it from the public. Their strategy is Greenwash, they use PR firms to lie, deflect and blame anyone but themselves. The PR Agencies do much of this work secretly, hiding it from the public and their employees.
This must stop. Stop talking green while acting dirty. Action is everything.
So, what does this huge industry do? helps businesses, organisations, governments etc tell their stories and makes sure they're told in a positive way. Of course that's most valuable when your business is not exactly a clean one.....
So if, for example, you are an oil and gas business it's a good idea to hire the best PR company you can to help you present an image that make you look like you're saving the planet instead of destroying it.
And there's so much money at stake almost all of the PR companies are involved with fossil Fuel Companies for clients.
And yes, it's a heap of Greenwash. A clever disguise ... but it's easy to see right through. Have a look on this page to see some of the more devious attempts at telling a dirty polluting story in a clean non-polluting way.
Yes it will Prime Minister. So why are you carrying on building new roads, destroying ecology with an unaffordable train, issuing licences for companies to drill for new oil in the North Sea, continuing to give tax breaks to Fossil Fuel companies, stopping grants for insulating homes, allowing the building of new road tunnels, incinerators and on and on.
It's not hard to see how history will judge this government.
Download and read the list of actions they are taking which are specifically going to make Climate Change worse. Download the "charge sheet"
and meanwhile, not forgetting SHELL
At the Science Museum in London Shell have sponsored an exhibition on Carbon Capture. And in so doing they are using the reputation of the Science Museum to create an impression that they are doing something about Climate Change when they are still exploring for new oil fields. Other organisations (the RSC and The British Museum for example) have cut ties with fossil Fuel Companies and are refusing to let their names be used in this way.
... we will contribute to a net-zero world, where society stops adding to the total amount of greenhouse gases emissions (GHGs) in the atmosphere.
This supports the more ambitious goal to tackle climate change laid out in the Paris Agreement: to limit the rise in average global temperature to 1.5°Celsius.
Shell recently announced a special “carbon neutral” shipment of fracked gas to Europe. Although there’s nothing unique about the liquified natural gas, Shell and its supplier, Cheniere, are somehow marketing the shipping of fossil fuels as carbon neutral. You can’t make this up.
In an article published by Salon, the author analyzed Shell’s shenanigans and those of a few other corporations that are practically pulling the strings of government in order to continue to produce fossil fuels that are still heating up our planet.
And Oil giant Shell and Siccar Point Energy are seeking permission from the UK Government to develop the Cambo oil field, West of Shetland, just months ahead of COP26. In the first phase, due to start in 2025, the companies expect to extract 150 million barrels of oil - the emissions equivalent of 16 coal-fired power plants running for a year. They anticipate operating the Cambo field, which contains 800 million boe, until 2050, by which time Britain has pledged to be net carbon neutral..
And it gets worse: The companies behind the Cambo Field are being paid to pollute. Between 2015 and 2019, Siccar Point paid effectively no tax. In 2019, the UK Government paid Siccar Point £41m. In 2020, the UK Government paid Shell £99.1m. We’re subsiding climate disasters like the Cambo Field every year. Read more here