The gravity of climate change was known since 1988, when Royal Dutch Shell analyzed global carbon dioxide emission through the oil, natural gas products and coal products. Recently, these documents have been uncovered by a Dutch journalist, Jelmer Mommers.
According to the documents, a report titled “The Greenhouse Effect” reached the conclusion that 4% of the global carbon dioxide emissions came from the Shell group. The report was warning us even then:
“By the time global warming becomes detectable it could be too late to take effective countermeasures to reduce the effects or even to stabilize the situation.”
In the report, it was said that scientists believed that we will see the effects in the late 20th to early 21st century.
They Knew It Long Before It Started Happening…
The working group that completed the report warned that their actions will have an impact on climate, environment, food, society, politics and so on. They have also warned that the sea levels will start rising and this meant that the Shell offshore installations, harbors, refineries and depots will suffer from it.
The report from 1988 estimated that in 1981 carbon dioxide emissions came from oil (44%), coal (38%), and natural gas (17%). It also stated the following:
“With fossil fuel combustion being a major source of CO2 in the atmosphere, a forward looking approach by the energy industry is clearly desirable”, but it also said that “the likely time scale of possible change does not necessitate immediate remedial action.”
On 5 April, Shell responded to the released report, stating the following:
“The Shell Group’s position on climate change has been a matter of public record for decades. We strongly support the Paris Agreement and the need for society to transition to a lower carbon future, while also extending the economic and social benefits of energy to everyone.”
They also said that it is a dual challenge which should be addressed by government policies and also a “cultural change to drive low-carbon choices for businesses and consumers. It requires cooperation between all segments of society.”