Don't waste your breath. It's futile to try to work with energy giants on environmental issues at least according to one of Britain's leading environmentalists, Jonathon Porritt, who has thrown in the towel after years of trying to work with companies such as BP and Shell.
Jonathon Porritt said “hydrocarbon supremacists” at the companies had successfully ousted reformers wanting to diversify into green energy.
The founder director of non-profit consultancy Forum for the Future (FFF), said: “We came to the conclusion that it was impossible for today’s oil and gas majors to adapt in a timely and intelligent way to the imperative of radical decarbonisation. We felt we had no option but to end our long-standing partnerships with both Shell and BP.”
“With BP the moment [for transition] came and went under the leadership of John Browne and with Shell, it pretty much died after Mark Moody-Stuart moved on,” Porritt wrote in the Guardian. “In both companies, the hydrocarbon supremacists rapidly regained the ground they’d lost: doing renewables as Corporate Social Responsibility was fine, but anything that threatened to go seriously ‘beyond petroleum’ was deemed to be deviant heresy.”
It strikes me that if bullies like Kinder Morgan intend to treat us like ants to be crushed under their corporate boot, then it's time we responded like ants, fire ants in particular, and swarmed them. They pick on a few, make examples of them, to intimidate the rest. The target isn't those they sue, it's all of us. At some point you have to take sides.