Shell, Exxon and Statoil face censure in The Netherlands over ad claims that gas is clean energy

Earlier this month The Guardian reported on a ruling by the Dutch Advertising Code Authority, holding that advertisements for natural gas by fossil fuel companies containing “the absolute term ‘cleanest fossil fuel’ [are] not in line with the MRC [Dutch advertising code].”

"It will be the second time this summer that the Netherlands advertising standards board has ruled against the fossil fuels industry, after it slapped down Statoil in June for calling gas a 'clean energy' and 'low emissions fuel'.”

So, natural gas burning isn't quite so "clean" as the fossil fuel industry (and MIT CUP) would have us all believe.  

Remember that Shell, ExxonMobil, and Statoil are all members of the MITEI; home of the Low-Carbon Energy Centers that are the (self-described) key to MIT's Plan for Action on Climate Change.

"Paul de Clerk of Friends of the Earth Europe, which co-filed the complaint with Milieudefensie, said: 'This clear ruling by the advertisement standards board is of great importance. Time after time we see how oil and gas companies are misleading citizens and politicians.

They want us to believe that gas is clean and they support the transition to renewable energy. Behind the screens we see how the same companies lobby against this transition. To prevent catastrophic climate change we need to end the dependency on all fossil fuels – including gas.' "

The real punchline in the story came after its acknowledgment that natural gas emits far more CO₂ than renewable fuels, when it was further revealed that methane is secretly being released by U.S. natural gas companies at levels substantially greater than those being reported to government environmental regulators...

"Natural gas emits around half as much carbon dioxide as coal when burned, although this is still far more than from renewables.

But the picture is less clear when it includes methane – a short-lived but much more potent greenhouse gas – which one recent study found was being emitted by gas plants at levels up to 120 times higher than reported to US regulators."

This is MIT's idea of "action on climate change"?

The Article can be found at this link:


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"... one recent study found

"... one recent study found [methane] was being emitted by gas plants at levels up to 120 times higher than reported to US regulators."

For a good explanation of the problem of fugitive methane (from Queensland, Australia):

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