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Will Shell Leave ALEC?

ShellThe Union of Concerned Scientists is pressuring Shell to leave the American Legislative Exchange Council, a coalition of corporations and state legislators that opposes environmental regulations and clean energy policies.

In a blog post, the science advocacy group says the oil giant’s rhetoric doesn’t match its involvement with ALEC. The blog quotes Shell CEO Ben van Beurden: “Let me (be) very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” Despite this, Shell is a member of ALEC’s Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force, whose model bills include legislation to repeal renewable energy standards and regional climate initiatives.

Last month Occidental Petroleum, a major oil and natural gas company, cut its ties to ALEC.

The move followed a recent exodus of tech companies, including Facebook, which dumped ALEC in late September, along with Google, which cut its support to ALEC saying the group was “literally lying” about climate change. Microsoft cut ties and all financial support to ALEC in September for the same reasons.


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