NYT Op-Ed: “We Can’t Slow Climate Change Without the Energy Companies”
January 10, 2020
There is a real danger that the climate debate is
deteriorating into a game of name-calling, with oil and gas companies all too
often portrayed as opponents of climate progress. But polarizing the debate in
this fashion will not get us any closer to solving the problem. We can achieve
far greater and faster emissions reductions if environmentalists and energy
companies work together.
Most oil and gas companies recognize the threat of climate change and want to be part of the solution. As a sign of their seriousness, five of the largest — BP, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Shell and Total — have joined a broad coalition, convened by the Climate Leadership Council, which I run, in backing a concrete plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions in the United States by half by 2035. These oil and gas companies are not only lending their names to this environmentally ambitious solution; they are putting their money and lobbying muscle behind it.