My Axios colleague Amy Harder passes along this dispatch that's born out of her latest Harder Line column...
The debate about who bears blame and responsibility for global warming has faced new concerted attention over the past couple of years as ExxonMobil, America's largest oil company, faces attorney general investigations about whether it's covered up what it knew about fossil fuels' impact on climate change for decades.
Quoted: In my recent interview with Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, top sustainability officer for Norway-based Statoil, I asked Sverdrup about to what degree he thinks his company bears a moral responsibility to address climate change. Here's his take, edited for clarity and length:
It's fair to recognize that energy systems are an important part of the carbon emissions and global warming. But most of the emissions are related to consumption, and now there are more than seven billion people on the planet. We're on a pathway to become nine billion people.
When all these people would like to either have food or light or heating or cooling or even some of the richest people in the world would like to travel around, that puts a big toll on nature and climate and the energy we use also does the same.
We are part of that problem but we are also part of the solution. We take very seriously the accountability of all of our emissions.