2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #46

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2020A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, Nov 8, 2020 through Sat, Nov 14, 2020

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Two U.S. Oil Companies Join Their European Counterparts in Making Net-Zero Pledges

Occidental Petroleum and ConocoPhillips define their net-zero goals differently, and neither is signaling a shift to clean energy, as some European companies are.

OXY (Occidental Petroleum) Building

Occidental Petroleum announced on Tuesday that it will reach net-zero emissions for all the oil and gas it produces by mid-century. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images</>

The past few years have brought a widening gap between American oil companies and their European counterparts when it comes to pledging to address global warming. But two recent announcements may signal a change.

Occidental Petroleum announced on Tuesday that it will reach net-zero emissions for all the oil and gas it produces by mid-century, becoming the first major American oil company to make such a pledge. The target aligns the company with the position of an incoming Biden administration that has made addressing climate change a central part of its agenda.

News of the company’s pledge came just weeks after ConocoPhillips announced a goal of zeroing out its direct greenhouse gas emissions, which are much less than the emissions that come from burning the oil and gas the company sells. Taken together, the two corporate pledges could increase pressure on ExxonMobil and Chevron, the nation’s largest oil companies, which have yet to announce such far-reaching goals.

Click here to access the entire article as originally published on the InsideClimate News website.

Two U.S. Oil Companies Join Their European Counterparts in Making Net-Zero Pledges by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News, Nov 12, 2020


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