It is clearer than ever that the climate crisis requires a rapid and managed phase-out of fossil fuel production. Reducing the wasteful practice of emitting methane into the atmosphere does not give the gas industry a pass. They need to clean up and wind down. And they need to start now.
“Until Biden reins in Big Oil’s deadly expansion that’s locking in decades of global fossil fuel pollution, his legacy will remain one of failing to confront reckless U.S. oil and gas production that’s killing the planet,” said Collin Rees.
“CCUS is a dangerous distraction from rapidly and equitably phasing out fossil fuels. Giving more public money to prolong Big Oil’s political power and profits is the wrong approach and a poor use of public funds,” said Collin Rees.
The report finds the oil and gas majors are involved in over 200 expansion projects on track for approval from 2022 through 2025. If they go forward, these companies’ investments could create an additional 8.6 billion tonnes (Gt) of carbon pollution – equivalent to the lifetime emissions of 77 new coal power plants.
Despite an array of new ‘net zero’ pledges released in the past two years, the climate promises of major U.S. and European oil and gas companies still fail to meet the bare minimum for alignment with the Paris Agreement, according to a new study.
The American Petroleum Industry’s greenhouse gas reporting template obscures the U.S. oil & gas industry’s massive responsibility for the climate crisis.
More than 500 organizations called on policymakers in the U.S. and Canada to reject Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a dangerous distraction and to end the “carbon capture of climate policy.”
Five decades on from the first CCS project, the technology remains riddled with problems, unproven at scale, and not fit for purpose. It is beyond time to focus on the real solutions to the climate crisis and injustice that the fossil fuel industry has wrought. Neither CO2-rich gas or LNG qualify.
Last year, we rated ExxonMobil as “grossly insufficient” on all ten of the criteria. There are tiny steps forward in the new announcement, but nothing that changes any of our ten metrics from “grossly insufficient” to “insufficient,” let alone to even “partial alignment.”
Organizations from frontline communities – where Americans that are most impacted by climate change and the fossil fuel industry live – and organizations working in solidarity with them, are urging lawmakers to reject the FUTURE Act (S.1535) and the Carbon Capture Act (H.R.1379) – and to oppose its inclusion in a tax policy package.