Shameful oil and gas realities

Amy Hiller, Kew, Apr 5, 2024

In an era of accelerating global heating it is vital to shine a light on the oil and gas industry (“Environment: Oil and gas making massive profits now but stormy waters ahead”, Pearls and Irritations, 17/3). Despite the International Energy Agency clearly stating back in 2021 that there is no need for any new investment in fossil fuels, gas and oil production is still expanding. That energy export companies who produce oil and gas contribute just one per cent of global clean energy investment shows where the priorities of these companies remain. Although both dire climate predictions and economics point to the need to, in Peter Sainsbury’s words, “plan their own disappearance”, the lure of more short term profits is too great. What devastating consequences this has for all life on earth.


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