We have the new BP boss’s lofty climate promises … but where’s ...

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We have the new BP boss’s lofty climate promises … but where’s the detail?

Is the oil major’s net-zero strategy a game-changer or just greenwashing? We got some reactions

Ed Clowes

When BP’s new boss posted his first picture on Instagram last week, few would anticipate the vitriol that awaited.

“I am looking forward to sharing what I am up to,” chief executive Bernard Looney innocently wrote. The caption was paired with a professional photo of him smiling. Someone immediately replied in the comments section: “Great to know who should get the guillotine for greenwashing a fossil fuel company that’s killing our planet!”

Dozens of similar messages followed shortly after. If Looney didn’t already know what was riding on his company’s grand climate plan, and the magnitude of the task he faces in changing the public perception of his 111-year-old company, he certainly does now. So, when he took the stage at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last Wednesday, people held their breath...

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