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Oil Majors Won’t Come Running to Help World Facing Energy Crunch

Exxon, Shell, Chevron are passing windfall profits on to shareholders and restraining capital spending despite soaring prices

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Explain This: Europe's Energy Crunch

The world’s biggest energy companies are producing the most cash in years, but don’t expect them to spend it on bringing on fresh supplies of oil and natural gas to combat shortages in Europe and China this winter.

Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp. confirmed this week that, for the most part, they’ll spend their windfall profits on share buybacks and dividends. Capital expenditures will rise next year, but the increases come off 2021’s exceptionally low base and within frameworks established before the recent surge in fossil-fuel prices.