Wakeup call from Shell. Don’t expect too much from our politically correct Board Rooms

Probably paywalled in The Australian but I understand that there are ways to get access.

Shell — owner of the $20 billion Queensland LNG export facility and $US12bn ($17.3bn) Prelude floating gas project off the northwest coast — said energy companies face strong ideological opposition in Australian cities and called for the industry to band together and fight for its role in the energy mix.

“Our opponents are well orchestrated, well-funded and well drilled on tactics aiming to destroy an industry that has been an overwhelming force for good,” said Zoe Yujnovich, head of Shell Australia and chair of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.

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16 Responses to Wakeup call from Shell. Don’t expect too much from our politically correct Board Rooms

  1. Roger

    Yujnovich’s (frankly underwhelming) speech can be read at the Shell website, which, incidentally, reveals they are as PC a company as they come – “diversity is our strength”!

  2. stackja

    Gas doesn’t like being the ‘new coal’
    TERRY McCRANN

    Oil and gas companies thought they were very clever in abandoning their fellow fossil-fuel and CO2-emitting coal companies to — capital-C — Climate activists.

    To sacrifice coal to the campaigns of — to quote an industry insider — “wellfunded professional activists and armies of ideologically driven volunteers”.

    They did so for essentially two reasons, both of which were actually disgraceful and dishonest and ultimately something worse: just plain dumb.

    Virtue-signalling and the good old profit motive — more accurately, gouging — seemed the perfect partners. There were big bucks in being (pretend) virtuous.

    Well, Zoe, a few somebodies did “notice” that gas is only a somewhat less “dirty” — as in, emitting less clean, green CO2 — version of a fossil fuel than coal.

    Now those “professional activists” and “ideologicallydriven volunteers” are coming for gas companies as well, and the gas companies don’t like it.

    Who’s Zoe?

    Zoe Yujnovich, head of Shell Australia and chair of APPEA, the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. And those were her words I quoted at the start.

    But she wasn’t talking about “activists” and “volunteers” going after coal. Oil and gas people were happy to watch from the sidelines when they were.

    But hey, they are now coming after us; we’re supposed to be the planetsaving (and profit making) “good guys”, non genderspecific of course.

    IN a speech yesterday, Zujnovich said energy companies faced strong ideological opposition in Australian cities and called for the industry to band together and fight for its role in the energy mix.

    “Our opponents are well orchestrated, well-funded and well drilled on tactics aiming to destroy an industry that has been an overwhelming force for good,” she added. Further stirring stuff followed: “An increasing number of professional activists and huge armies of ideologically driven volunteers are waging a virtual war with religious zealotry.”

    But Zujnovich cautioned her fellow producers into being drawn into the “trap” of pitting oil and gas against renewables or domestic gas against export opportunities.

    Sorry Zoe, you really have to pay attention: The “activists” and the “volunteers” want zero CO2 emissions.

    All the gas has to stay in the ground just as much as all the coal.

    You guys — still non gender-specific — went missing when coal was being demonised. Now you’re on your own.

    The only advice I can offer you is to quote the words of a columnist at our sister paper The Australian: “Dry your eyes, princess.”

    And to be clear, these days, that’s also decidedly non gender-specific.

  3. The BigBlueCat

    Message to Shell: Coordinate yourselves, develop a clear and concise anti-AGW message, and bring it in the form of paid advertisements. Join with the coal industry if you like, but go in hard, rough and often with the facts, and nothing but the facts.

    And forget diversity – your industry doesn’t need it, and the feminists, in particular, don’t want to work there. Diversity of the wrong sort will destroy you.

  4. Fred

    Here’s an idea for our energy companies. Stop selling to the global warming crowd. No more electricity, gas or petrol.

    How will Zali fuel her 4WD?

  5. RobK

    Unconventional gas has been the Achilles heel of the gas business. It was to help renewables by facilitating low cost, inefficient, load following open cycle generators fired by low capex reserves. Take-off agreements for the large reserves went overseas to cover development cost.(it seems only WA had the foresight to reserve 10% at initial take-off prices)
    Shut-the-Gate caused various States to put a moratorium on gas/fracking. It has done wonders to destabilize energy policy. A gas explorer sitting on large fairly deep unconventional reserve in my area (coastal mid west WA) was buoyant about the demand (backed by ALCOA), only to find the State Government moratorium on all fracking has holted the works.

  6. John Constantine

    https://www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/corporate-morality-in-the-third-reich

    In order to better understand the policies of IG Farben’s predecessors Lindner devotes the heart of the book, more than half the total text, to extensively documenting managerial practices and the development of the workforce under National Socialism. He shows that senior plant managers collaborated with the regime, keeping in close touch with local Nazi officials. In some cases the managers were themselves enthusiastic Nazis who enforced what they saw as National Socialist work discipline and sometimes went beyond the laws of the regime to purge people (managerial colleagues, chemists, or other staff) they deemed unacceptable or politically unreliable. By wartime, resistance to the Nazi regime within the company had vanished, and exploitation of imported foreign workers had become common practice. Some corporate officials were already implicated in such criminal acts as the testing of drugs by SS doctors on concentration-camp prisoners, usually with fatal results. Lindner thus effectively undermines the picture of innocence or reluctant compliance that corporate leaders had tried to paint in postwar accounts.

    Crony fascism in australian boardrooms, to progress the revolutionary struggle and superprofit from the crushing of the whims of the masses deserves a modern day Nuremberg.

    Comrades.

  7. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now where have I heard that before?

    The Greens have no friends. They will eat their own when the time comes.

  8. Penny

    RobK, Alan Jones didn’t help either, with his insane ranting. I noted he was very quiet on Adani during the election campaign… now he has started up again

  9. Mother Lode

    “Our opponents are well orchestrated, well-funded and well drilled on tactics

    …and, this is all they do. Day in day out.

  10. Roger

    …and, this is all they do. Day in day out.

    Pace Gil Scott-Heron, the revolution not only will be televised, it is being subsidised.

  11. Kneel

    “Here’s an idea for our energy companies. Stop selling to the global warming crowd.”

    Alternately, add an extra 5-50% to the price, and plow any extra income from it into (tax deductible!) alternative energy research – “As clearly stated by the Greens, climate scientists have said we are not doing enough. Since government won’t do more, we will!”

    What would the green blob say about that?
    What would they change it to when they realised they were on the wrong end of a pitch-fork carrying, angry mob?
    And how would they get that changed message out with no internet, no radio, no TV and no newspapers (they all require electricity you know) – they may be “stuck” with their initial support!

    Simply, the only answer to green blobs madness is a demonstration of what their end goals mean to every day mums and dads, and the lifestyles of them and their kids. They’ve been getting away with it by slowly creeping up on it. Spring it in one go, and watch what happens!

  12. The twitter timeline of Zoe Yujnovich would suggest that her above comment in the Australian is an aberration, not the norm.

    She’s full left-tilt SJW.

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    It’s weird that these mining and oil guys are essentially calling on the mining and oil industry to fight the mining and oil industry and shut it down. Sort of like Christmas turkeys committing seppuku to save the farmer the hassle.

    I have no problem with their suicidal behaviour. It just means that mobs like Glencore and the Chinese will move in and take over. Shell and BHP can go off and grow pot or something instead.

  14. That Zoe sheila can go to hell.
    Shell and especially BP (Beyond Petroleum doncha know) went to bed with the worst of the greenie activists right from the start of this Climate Fraud.
    Now Zoe has been fvcked every which way but loose, she’s complaining.
    Supporting the climate fraud has cost and destroyed lives the World over. No access to cheap energy will do that.
    Go to hell bitch. Go directly to hell.

  15. Eyrie

    Add an optional levy at the pump for offsets/renewable research etc. See how many pay it. Publicise the results.

  16. Nob

    Kneel
    #3028984, posted on May 29, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Alternately, add an extra 5-50% to the price, and plow any extra income from it into (tax deductible!) alternative energy research – “As clearly stated by the Greens, climate scientists have said we are not doing enough. Since government won’t do more, we will!”

    What would the green blob say about that?

    Shell etc are already doing that.
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/dec/26/shell-says-it-wants-to-double-green-energy-investment
    It’s the 21st equivalent of buying mediaeval indulgences.
    http://courses.wcupa.edu/jones/his101/web/37luther.htm

    The greens are merely emboldened by this kind of acquiescence.
    It’s like giving in when a toddler holds is breath.

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