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Al Gore “Mistake” to think big oil, gas are part of a climate solution

Al Gore takes on banking and the oil industry: Climate activist’s bold stance. Will banks shift from fossil fuels?

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Al Gore, the climate crusader, took a fiery swing at the banking bigwigs, accusing them of raking in moolah from the oil and gas behemoths, even as the world grapples with a climate crisis supposedly triggered by these very oil and gas giants.

In a candid chat with Bloomberg, this prominent climate warrior didn’t mince words. He flat out said those bankers were “rolling in the dough” by bankrolling and counseling oil and gas titans. But wait, there’s a twist – Gore’s no starry-eyed dreamer. He knows it’s a tall order to expect the fossil fuel big shots to swoop in and save the planet, especially when they’re cashing in on the status quo. He’s got a point, right?

Gore drops a truth bomb that you can’t help but nod to. Expecting the banks to just slam the brakes on financing the oil and gas juggernaut? Well, that’s a tad unrealistic too. The world doesn’t work that way, folks.

But here’s the plot twist: In the ever-evolving saga of the oil and gas industry, there’s a shift in the winds. These energy giants are dialing back on the whole green hype and doubling down on their bread-and-butter business. BP, for one, spilled the beans earlier this year when its big boss admitted that the green ventures weren’t exactly hitting the jackpot. Shell chimed in, saying they won’t be scaling back their oil and gas production plans as much as they’d planned.

And why? Well, it’s simple economics, dear reader. The demand for the black gold and natural gas is standing tall and strong. Last year, the prices went through the roof, making these energy monsters pocket billions in extra cash. And guess what? They’re not hoarding it all – they’re tossing some of that loot to their shareholders.

Hold your horses, though. Gore and his league of eco-warriors say this needs to change – and change fast. The name of the game? Slicing human CO2 emissions down to zilch by 2050. But, it won’t be a walk in the park. According to the brainiacs at BloombergNEF, banks need to pump in four times more money into clean, green energy by 2030 than they’re currently dishing out to oil and gas. Right now, for every cool million dollars heading toward oil, they’re tossing a mere $800,000 to wind, solar, and the green gang, BloombergNEF reveals.

But guess what? Some banks are already flipping the script. BNP Paribas, France’s banking titan, made headlines this year by saying no to funding new oil and gas projects. Barclays? They pledged to back away from oil sands projects.

And the pressure cooker is hissing on Wall Street too. Activists are cranking up the heat on the big banks to pull the plug on oil and gas funding. It’s gotten so hot in here that even financial titans like BlackRock and Vanguard are trimming their sails. They’ve decided to ease off on supporting climate-related proposals at this year’s shareholder meetings and jumped ship from the net-zero asset managers’ club.

So there you have it, folks – it’s a whirlwind of change, controversy, and cash in the world of banking and energy. Buckle up, because this ride is just getting started.

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