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Exxon vows new emissions curbs

Oil giants face increasing pressure from activists and investors to take stronger steps on climate.

Dec 14, 2020 - Energy & Environment
BP’s climate reinvention dodges politics

In an interview with "Axios on HBO," the oil CEO says the world shouldn't "dwell in the past."

Oct 13, 2020 - Energy & Environment
Coronavirus hastens Big Oil's Atlantic divide on climate change

European firms are evolving, while U.S. producers are sticking with oil and gas.

Aug 6, 2020 - Energy & Environment
Big Oil lobby showing subtle shifts on climate change

It shows the oil industry's gradual embrace of climate change as a problem the government should address.

Dec 11, 2019 - Energy & Environment
Why climate change is so hard to tackle: Our stubborn energy system

Our dependence on fossil fuels has remained about the same for 30 years.

Aug 26, 2019 - Energy & Environment
The U.S. is exporting oil to 31 countries

The number was essentially zero before 2015.

Aug 2, 2019 - Energy & Environment

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jun 9, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Shell vows faster climate push after Dutch court ruling

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Shell said Wednesday it would accelerate its clean energy and climate efforts following a major Dutch court ruling last month that ordered faster greenhouse gas emissions cuts.

Why it matters: CEO Ben van Beurden's announcement signals how the landmark court ruling could tangibly affect one of the world's most powerful oil giants, even though Shell plans to appeal the decision.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jun 7, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Putting Big Oil's green spending in context

Reproduced from IEA; Chart: Axios Visuals

An International Energy Agency report puts some context around how much the world's largest oil companies are investing in clean energy.

The big picture: The chart above shows the combined investments of a collection of roughly 20 giants, including Shell, Exxon and BP, but also state-controlled companies like Saudi Aramco and China National Petroleum Corp.

Climate activists score a third ExxonMobil board seat

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In a further blow to Exxon management, updated shareholder vote tallies showed that an activist investment firm scored a third board seat at the company's annual shareholder meeting on May 26, Exxon announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The hedge fund Engine No. 1, which owns less than 1% of Exxon's stock, succeeded in its bid to install board members who will push Exxon to more aggressively consider climate change in its business planning.

Interior Dept. suspends oil and gas leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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The Interior Department suspended nearly a dozen oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, the agency announced.

Why it matters: The move, which will require a new environmental analysis, will undo former President Trump's most significant environmental actions in his final days in office.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
May 28, 2021 - Energy & Environment

What's next after this week's escalation of climate pressure on Big Oil

Oil pumpjacks operating in Long Beach, California, in April 2020. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

The dust is still settling after Wednesday brought new legal and investor pressure on some of the world's biggest oil companies to get more aggressive on climate.

What we're watching: Via Bloomberg, the group that won a major Netherlands court ruling against Royal Dutch Shell is now laying the groundwork for cases against more fossil fuel companies.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
May 27, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Big Oil's climate earthquake

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

A rat-tat-tat burst of events Wednesday could mark a turning point in pressure against Big Oil to act more aggressively on global warming.

Catch up fast: In a span of hours, ExxonMobil shareholders voted to add at least two new board members nominated by activist investors (a third nominee's vote is outstanding).

Biden administration backs Trump-era Alaska oil drilling plans

An aerial view of Nuiqsut, Alaska, near the oil drilling project. Photo: Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Biden administration on Wednesday defended in the U.S. District Court for Alaska a massive ConocoPhillips oil and gas project approved during the Trump-era, per the New York Times.

Why it matters: President Biden has pledged to move away from fossil fuels. But the project has the backing of officials including Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) — who's viewed as a potential ally for Biden in his attempts to push through policies in an evenly divided Senate, NYT notes.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
May 25, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Exxon pledging to add directors ahead of showdown with activist investors

Vehicles refueling at an Exxon Mobil Corp. gas station in Houston, Texas, in October 2020. Photo: Callaghan O'Hare/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Exxon is pledging more board additions ahead of a showdown with activist investors pressing for more aggressive moves on climate change and capital discipline on oil development.

Why it matters: The move comes just ahead of Wednesday's annual meeting, when shareholders will vote on whether to approve four board members nominated by the investment group Engine No. 1.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
May 24, 2021 - Energy & Environment

The showdown over Exxon's climate future is here

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Exxon's annual meeting Wednesday will bring the most closely watched shareholder votes on global warming in Big Oil's history.

Driving the news: Activist investors Engine No. 1 have nominated four board members who would seek to make Exxon more aggressive on climate.

Dion Rabouin, author of Markets
May 18, 2021 - Economy & Business

No end in sight for rising oil prices

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Oil prices have continued to rise, gaining again on Tuesday after rising to the highest in two years on Monday.

Why it matters: Inflation worries and concerns that prices have run past reasonable valuations have weighed on equities recently, but bullish oil traders continue to be handsomely rewarded this year.

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