Exxon’s dangerous status bought in the best way of its industry-wide carbon seize proposal

Environmental activists rally for accountability for fossil fuel companies outside of New York Supreme Court on October 22, 2019 in New York City.

Enlarge / Environmental activists rally for accountability for fossil gasoline firms outdoors of New York Supreme Courtroom on October 22, 2019 in New York Metropolis. (credit score: Drew Angerer / Getty Photographs)

ExxonMobil has been the prime goal of activists and politicians angered by the oil {industry}’s efforts to dam motion on local weather change. Now, newly disclosed paperwork affirm that the oil firm’s reputational woes have prolonged into the {industry} itself and threatened to derail Exxon’s greatest local weather proposal up to now.

Final 12 months, Exxon struggled to achieve assist from its friends when it proposed a cross-industry effort to construct a carbon seize and storage hub in Houston, in keeping with paperwork launched by the Home Committee on Oversight and Reform, which has been investigating the oil {industry}. Prime executives at Shell, specifically, nervous that becoming a member of with Exxon would current an “unacceptable danger” to the European oil main’s status.

“I’m not fascinated with taking part with any advocacy effort led by” Exxon, wrote Krista Johnson, Shell’s head of US authorities relations, in a July 2021 electronic mail to Gretchen Watkins, president of Shell USA. Johnson stated their competitor was persevering with to attract adverse headlines and that “zero firms” had been ready to hitch an Exxon-led consortium at the moment.

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