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Report: ‘A Constellation of Risks’: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development

Report: ‘A Constellation of Risks’: How Public Accountability Is Slowing Tar Sands Development

Material Risks: How public accountability is slowing tar sands development (pdf) By: Tom Sanzillo (IEEFA), Lorne Stockman (Oil Change International), Deborah Rogers (Energy Policy Forum), Hannah McKinnon (Oil Change International), Elizabeth Bast (Oil Change International), and Steve Kretzmann (Oil Change International)

October 29, 2014 Read More →

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IEEFA update: The investment rationale for fossil fuels falls apart

An outdated mindset that no longer lives up to its hype

For decades, the fossil fuel sector literally fuelled the global economy and powered the world’s investment markets. This is no longer the case. The long-standing and now outdated investment thesis around fossil fuels—that such holdings would make large and reliable annual contributions to institutional funds—has crumbled. The sector now lags the broader market, and the […]

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IEEFA update: PREPA privatization law invites more contracting scandals

The door is wide open for conflicts of interest and political hires; New law will not lead to much-needed transformation of energy generation mix

The law that Puerto Rico enacted last month to privatize the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has many flaws, including labor protections that are too weak, an unnecessary restructuring of the Puerto Rico Energy Commission and a lack of commitment to strong energy planning. And it is likely to lead to more contracting scandals […]

Battery Firm Sonnen Gets Big Cash Infusion From Shell

Reuters: FRANKFURT—German solar battery maker sonnen has secured 60 million euros ($71 million) in funds from Shell Ventures and existing shareholders to expand at home and abroad. Shell Ventures, a unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil major that has been boosting its investments in solar and other renewables, was a lead investor in the latest funding […]

May 23, 2018 Read More →

Major Oil Companies Aren’t the Investment They Used to Be

Bloomberg: For generations of investors, ExxonMobil Corp. has been a cornerstone of fund managers’ portfolios alongside the biggest names in corporate America. Not so much anymore. From leading the S&P 500 Index a decade ago, the company has dropped to the ninth-largest in a top 10 now dominated by technology giants. Its rivals Royal Dutch Shell […]

April 25, 2018 Read More →

Shell Oil Knew of Climate-Change Likelihoods Decades Ago

InsideClimate News: Internal company documents uncovered by a Dutch news organization show that the oil giant Shell had a deep understanding, dating at least to the 1980s, of the science and risks of global warming caused by fossil fuel emissions. They show that as the company pondered its responsibility to act, Shell’s scientists urged it […]

April 5, 2018 Read More →

Shell Expands Investment in U.S. Green Energy Sector

Houston Chronicle: Shell Oil Co. plans to plow around $200 million into a Tennessee solar company, the latest deal that finds a major oil company investing in renewable energy as the industry prepares for a day when crude demand plateaus. A unit of Houston’s Shell Oil will purchase almost half of Silicon Ranch Corp., a […]

January 16, 2018 Read More →

IEEFA Update: A Growing Sense Across Energy Markets, and Among Market Players, That Change Is Gaining Pace

Peak Oil Demand; a Blockbuster Wind Deal; Battered Coal

Two stories this week got some bombshell play still ricocheting around. First was Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden saying the company, second only to Exxon Mobil among the oil majors and the biggest energy outfit in Europe, sees peak demand for oil occurring sooner than anticipated, contrary to the comparatively stodgy and widely […]

July 28, 2017 Read More →

As Global Energy Economy Shifts, Royal Dutch Shell Lays Out ‘Pessimistic Vision’ for Oil Industry

Wall Street Journal: Royal Dutch Shell PLC laid out a pessimistic vision for the future of oil on Thursday, even as the company reported success in generating cash during a prolonged downturn. Shell has cut costs and said it is preparing for a world in which crude prices never return to precrash levels and petroleum […]

July 27, 2017 Read More →

Oil Industry Begins to Acknowledge Peak Oil

Sarah Kent and Brian Spegele for the Wall Street Journal: This month, European oil company MOL Group delivered a stark message to investors: Demand for fuel in its key markets is bound to fall. So-called peak oil demand is a mind-bending scenario that global producers such as Royal Dutch Shell PLC and state-owned Saudi Aramco […]

November 28, 2016 Read More →

‘Oil Companies Incensed by the Idea That They May Be the Next Lehman Brothers’

From The Economist: Oil companies have been incensed by the idea that they may be the next Lehman Brothers. Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell, talks of financial regulators trying to “weaponise financial markets against oil and gas”. Patrick Pouyanné, the boss of Total, has urged Mr Carney to “take care of […]

November 28, 2016 Read More →