Assaad Razzouk is the author of “Saving the Climate Without the Bullshit” published by Atlantic Books and in bookstores from 1 September 2022.
Assaad Razzouk is the author of “Saving the Climate Without the Bullshit” published by Atlantic Books and in bookstores from
1 September 2022.
In the midst of a global climate crisis touching everyone and everything, there are new, sophisticated and dangerous forms of greenwashing making the rounds, courtesy of the oil & gas industry and their stooges. The Angry Clean Energy Guy exposes two particularly pernicious ones: oil companies “announcing” renewable energy projects to fund more oil & gas; and “carbon management”, aka carbon capture and storage + direct air capture, an elaborate and insidious excuse to keep pumping more oil and gas and worsen the climate crisis, while almost always using other people’s money: yours.
Many people struggle with climate anxiety – the feeling of distress, uncertainty and loss of control which is a natural reaction to the magnitude of the climate crisis and how apparently little our individual actions matter in fighting it. Climate anxiety highlights the enormous importance of the following question: what can an individual do that would actually make a real, tangible, measurable difference in the fight against climate change? We need action and a sense of achievement when facing seemingly intractable environmental problems. In this podcast, the Angry Clean Energy Guy shares five ways anyone can use to take climate action. These include announcing his new book, “Saving the Planet Without the Bullshit”, in bookstores near you in September; as well as the launch of a platform he co-founded, Reneum.com, built to allow anyone to take tangible, transparent and measurable climate action by participating in a movement to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy worldwide.
There is something sordid taking place out there. Over the past few weeks, shareholders – that is, investors, asset management firms, banks and pension funds – blocked proposals to accelerate carbon emission reductions at oil & gas producers including BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, Shell and TotalEnergies. But, wait: aren’t we in a climate emergency with clarion calls by the IPCC and the IEA to have zero new oil, gas and coal developments anywhere in order for the world to have a chance to reach net zero by 2050? The Angry Clean Energy Guy on why a far harsher light should be shone on what institutional investors are actually doing, rather than wasting time listening to their rivers of words about climate “action”, “responsible” investing and ESG “policies”