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Shell Pressured to Sever Ties With ALEC

Royal Dutch Shell's Olympus tension leg platform sailing from Ingleside, Tex., to the Gulf of Mexico
Royal Dutch Shell's Olympus tension leg platform sailing from Ingleside, Tex., to the Gulf of MexicoPhotograph by Eddie Seal/Bloomberg

A science advocacy group is pressuring Royal Dutch Shell to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a political organization that has long worked against policies to address climate change.

Shell, on paper, may be one of the most progressive oil giants on climate issues. Last month, it joined a group of businesses calling on European leaders to target a 40-percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. And in April, Shell signed the Trillion Tonne Communique, which urges governments worldwide to significantly cut carbon emissions in order to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.