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Shell’s CEO Thinks We’re Dumb

Big Oil executives want us to know we need them.

In an interview with Axios on HBO on Sunday, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said that corporations like his must be an integral part of the transition away from the polluting energy they’ve made billions off of.

“What quite often I think is insufficiently understood is that companies like us are absolutely needed for the solutions that the world needs,” he said.

Indeed, without their expertise at ruining the climate, how could we ever actually save the climate? Shell has spent more than 100 years producing dirty energy. Among investor-owned oil companies, Shell is responsible for the second-largest share of carbon pollution emitted since 1885. It knows a thing or two about the mess we’re in. And look, van Beurden said Shell is already working on cleaning it up.

“I think what people need to take away ultimately is that we mean what we say and we are actually making progress” on climate change, he said. Sure, Shell knew of the deadly effects of its products decades ago. But let’s focus on the present, people. Just last year, the company announced it had a plan to “net zero emissions energy business” by 2050.

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Source: Gizmodo

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