There seems to be a rather childish insistence out there that climate change is someone else’s fault. It’s not us, we, we who like cooked food, getting around or warm homes, that is driving the broiling of Flipper i those fumes of the last ice floe. Nope, it’s those damn capitalists, the Big Oil companies that’re doing it to us.
This becoming apparent in Shell asking the following:
📊 What are you willing to change to help reduce emissions? #EnergyDebate
— Shell (@Shell) November 2, 2020
Good question. You prepared to cycle to work instead of drive? Move south so as to require less heating, but not too far south so as to need airconditioning? What is it that you are going to change in your life so as to reduce that 10 tonnes of CO2-e a year or so that is the output of an average rich world consumer?
The actual answer is blame someone else:
What am I willing to do? Hold you accountable for 2% of cumulative global GHG emissions, equivalent to those of my entire home country of Canada. When you have a concrete plan to address that, I'd be happy to chat about what I'm doing to reduce my personal emissions.
— Prof. Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe) November 2, 2020
Shell doesn’t emit 2% of all global emissions. The people who use Shell’s products do. That’s us.
Or, as we might adapt Billy S. The fault lies not in our oil companies but in ourselves.
Come on, think about capitalism, just for a moment. The aim is to make profits, profits are gained by getting ahold of other peoples’ money. For which you have to provide those peeps with something they value more than the money. People do tend to value hot food, warm houses and the ability to nip off to Montreal for a dirty weekend more than the money this costs them. But it’s the nosh, nesting and nookie that produces the emissions, not the company taking our money.
If we didn’t want oil and gas then Shell wouldn’t exist. Thus they’re our emissions, not Shell’s.