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Liam Denning

Shell Just Sent Lobbyists a Message on Climate Change

Publicly breaking with a trade group sets a precedent rivals may soon follow.

An oil company not having a position on carbon emissions is like Cookie Monster not having a position on crumbs.

An oil company not having a position on carbon emissions is like Cookie Monster not having a position on crumbs.

Photographer: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Royal Dutch Shell Plc just fired a shot across the bow of oil lobbyists. More of a slingshot than a cannon, but significant nonetheless.

The Anglo-Dutch oil major released a report Tuesday summarizing its relationship with 19 industry associations on the subject of climate-change goals. The company says it has some “misalignment” with nine of them and “material misalignment” with one, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers. As a result, Shell intends to let its membership of AFPM lapse in 2020.