Can’t say I was surprised, but I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed. One of the largest oil companies (and therefor also “one of the world’s largest polluters”), Royal Dutch Shell, has announced that they will stop investing money in windenergy. Shell CEO Jeroen van der Veer has said that wind energy is not profitable enough. Instead Shell will focus on programs where they just produce more polluting energy and bury that stuff in the ground until someone else figures out a way to clear their mess up (and pick their check up as well).
On their website you can still read the following: [shell windenergy is] generating emission-free electricity that saves around 1 million tons of CO2 a year compared to emissions from a coal-fired plant.
Climate Change Advisor flies around the world…
And Shell is quitting that because they’re not making enough dough in the process. I guess shooting Nigerians as they protest against you because you pollute their land with your waste oil is a lot more profitable. I wonder what their ‘Climate Change Advisor’, David Hone, had to say about this decision. Probably nothing. He was too busy travelling around South America and spending Shell’s dollars. (what the hell does ‘climate change advisor’ mean anyway?)
… instead of reducing Shell’s pollution
So, Shell, like many others, is only willing to try and help reduce pollution if they can make enough money on it. The fact that they actually owe the rest of the world a great deal of money since they got rich polluting it (and thus: stealing from us) doesn’t count. Jeroen van der V.: you are not a good person, I’m sorry.
Nigeria Added september 2010:
In the mean time, I think in the eye of the public BP will take the prize of ‘the biggest polluter among oil companies’, but Shell has been doing it’s best as well. As a result of which it’s been removed from the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index this month. Time for desperate measures. On Dutch television Allard Castellein, VP of environmental affairs (and thus David Hone’s boss?) agreed to do a television interview about what I’d like to call ‘the Nigerian situation’. Mr. Castellein did not look good. Which is understandable, since his story does not sell very well. Unfortunatelyy for Nigerians, their oil does.
If you happen to understand either Dutch or body language, you can see the interview below or on Youtube.