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And the Scummy goes to…
SHELL!! AGAIN!!!

For its impressive lack of control over oil

We know, we know - Shell just received an esteemed Scummy in April for its role in driving up energy prices during the California energy crisis, but what can we say: it really just might be the best at being the worst! It earned their second Scummy for its pesky inability to keep its crude contained in May. Shell was responsible for around 21,000 gallons of oil spilled near the Northern California city of Tracy this month, due to a pipeline crack. This spill comes less than two weeks after Shell dumped nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. One oceanographer investigating the damage compared it to another infamous Big Oil oopsie: “We saw porpoises in the oil, we saw balls of bait fish in the oil. From the air, you would have thought you were in the Deepwater Horizon spill.
                               

It was Exxon’s “change-or-die” moment, as a significant group of shareholders sought to force Exxon Mobil to acknowledge the growing threat from climate change at the company's AGM last week.
 
As the meeting kicked off, the granddaughter of an Exxon scientist stood up for her grandfather’s research on climate change, asking the CEO of Exxon about the company’s record.
                  
So what was the outcome? A big shrug. Though Exxon has acknowledged that climate change is a serious risk, eight of the nine climate shareholder solutions introduced at last week’s shareholder meeting were dismissed. That’s like if Exxon had lung cancer, but kept smoking a carton every day, because, like, what else could it do?
                
The one resolution that DID pass at the shareholders meeting would allow for minority shareholders to nominate outsiders for seats on Exxon’s board, meaning a climate activist could eventually become a director at the world’s largest publicly traded oil company.  
                                 
After all that, we’re thinking Exxon is mighty relieved to have the shareholder meeting in the rearview.
                                  
A new set of documents provides further evidence that Big Oil studied climate change and methods to reduce carbon emissions...and then chose to invest in climate denial instead of solutions. Sorry planet!
                                 
And in an even more ridiculous Exxon twist, state officials are being investigated over their investigations into Exxon. Huh.
                                 

Fracked Up

 
Offshore drilling for oil and natural gas is going to resume off California’s coast, after two federal reviews gave a quiet go-ahead to the practice last week. That’s bad news for the Paris Agreement - seeing as most experts agree that the only way to keep warming under 2 degrees Celsius is to keep fossil fuels in the ground.
                                 
Disadvantaged communities face most of the health and safety risks from fracking - not just in California, but across the U.S. This may not be a coincidence, as many believe the industry chooses drilling sites in low-income and minority communities on purpose.
                                 
Good news: Alameda County’s ban on fracking will move forward.
                                                       
OPED: Oil regulators increasing risk of earthquakes in California.
                                                      
What’s the true cost of fracking? This eye-opening infographic may surprise you.
                                 
105K gallons of saltwater-oil mixture spills in North Dakota.
                                 
 

Big Oil Oopsies

By now you’ve heard all about the Shell-operated underground pipeline that spilled 21,000 gallons of oil in Northern California, just weeks after spilling nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. If that Tracy spill sounded familiar, it’s probably because the same pipeline had a break in a similar location last September that ALSO spilled about 21,000 gallons of oil. We’d call it a coincidence, but it seems to just be par for the course.
                                 
An investigation into the May 2015 Santa Barbara oil spill found that the pipeline’s operator “failed on multiple levels to prevent, detect and respond to the incident.” Investigators described the failures as completely unacceptable, and we agree.
                                 
When those 143,000 gallons of oil leaked out of a corroded pipeline off the coast of Santa Barbara, one resident had a realization: so long as we keep using oil, we’ll keep having oil spills - regardless of the laws and regulations. 
                                 
Some people only believe in climate change after it hits close to home. For Donald Trump, that means the golf course.
                       
Stuck with it: atmospheric CO2 may have topped 400 PPM for good.
                     
Oil vs. environmentalists: A fight within the Democratic party in California.
                    
The Sacramento Bee tried to connect the donor dots in California outside spending campaigns. You’ll never guess whose name came up.
                    
Oil company records from the 1960s reveal patents to reduce CO2 emissions in cars. What happened to those?!
                    
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