Shell Influenced European Renewable Energy Targets. Is That Bad?

business_ethics_highlights_2The story below (from The Guardian) reveals that Shell successfully lobbied the European commission with regard to the methods that would be required to achieve the EU’s new renewable energy goals. That is to say, Shell had an idea, and that idea was implemented. Nothing in the article below has anyone saying that the idea was a bad one. But do note the loaded term “undermine” in the headline! >>>

Shell lobbied to undermine EU renewables targets, documents reveal

Shell successfully lobbied to undermine European renewable energy targets ahead of a key agreement on emissions cuts reached in October last year, newly released documents reveal. ….

Note: the ethics of lobbying raises deep philosophical problems. For a primer, see some of these blog entries on the ethics of lobbying.

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