Chevron’s Solar Project Bulls#%t!

Written by Jenn Breckenridge

Topics: Oil

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Rainforest Action Network is bringing back our popular web TV show Greenwash of the Week. This week our charismatic hosts Nick and Brianna investigate the recent solar announcement by oil giant Chevron, dubbed “Project Brightfield.” Is it Project Brightfield or Project Bulls#%t? Let us know what you think in the comments section of this article.

Stay tuned for more riveting episodes of Greenwash of the Week, sponsored by the We Can Change Chevron campaign at RAN. In the meantime, if you see an example of greenwashing that we should feature on the show, send it to us asap! You can:

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2 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Mark Edwards says:

    You made some good points but also had some flaws in your analysis which would change your conclusion that this solar installation is greenwash.

    Yes, renewable energy expenditures are a small percentage of Chevron’s overall expenditures. It’s good to keep advertisements in check with reality. However, the press releases on this solar installation seem to be matter of fact and don’t make claims that Chevron is predominantly a renewable energy company.

    Yes, heavy oils are generally more carbon-intensive to produce than light oils. You can assume that the oil facility being powered by the solar panels will continue to operate REGARDLESS of the solar installation. The press releases indicate that this project is net-metered. The oil facility using the solar energy was already buying electricity from the grid. Therefore, the solar power offsets the power from the grid. This means that this project is resulting in a reduction of CO2 emissions.

    Yes, oil, coal, etc. use should be reduced to reduce climate change. Yes, you should keep keep Chevron, California’s largest greenhouse house gas emitter, in check. There are plenty of things to criticize about Chevron and plenty of things within the company that should be reformed.

    Even though this project is a “drop in the bucket” compared to Chevron’s oil operations, the project helps the solar industry grow by testing new solar technologies in a real world environment. This is a boon for solar startups trying to survive in the ultra-competitive PV manufacturing industry. Chevron is not a solar manufacturer but they are one of the largest solar installers in California so it makes sense that they are testing out new solar technologies. I imagine that manufacturing new solar technology is a lot more difficult that being a “youtube” commentator. You should be careful to separate the wheat from the chaff – do your part to reform the dirty parts of Chevron’s business but be careful not to criticize things that help the solar industry.

  2. John Miller says:

    Chevron is just trying to make it sound like that they’re doing good things. If you see he truth behind it it’ll show you Chevron is just trying to get popularity. Retards!!

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