Total is the only western energy giant that hasn’t announced plans to quit Russia. Shell is shedding its ties, BP is going beyond Putin, and Exxon announced it's exiting too.
Simply put, Total’s greed is enabling Putin’s war.
But if enough of us raise our voices we can make Total divest from Russia, and get Europe to speed up going fossil-free – cutting off the stream of cash from gas projects and pipelines in the Russian Arctic that feed right into Putin’s war machine.
Tell Total to divest from Russia’s oil and gas sector, and Europe to go fossil-free.
Total (now TotalEnergies) has invested billions into climate-wrecking fossil fuel projects in Russia – and didn’t stop even when Putin annexed Crimea in 2014.
France’s Finance Minister told journalists he’ll talk it over with Total’s CEO this week. But so far, that’s only led to Total saying it’s not going to invest more in Russia. Not good enough.
Now that Total’s peers have announced plans to quit Russia, the financial press and governments are watching what Total will do. But their focus will shift again, and we don’t have much time to act.
The European Parliament this week condemned Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, but instead of resolving to get the EU off fossil fuels as fast as possible, most MEPs voted for building more liquefied natural gas infrastructure in Europe.
The situation looks desperate, but public pressure can work -- and especially if the timing is right. SumOfUs members like you helped make Total and Chevron quit Myanmar over human rights abuses there. And our governments can be moved too, when we fight together: Just last year SumOfUs members, together with activists from 350, and Friends of the Earth France made Macron abandon his plans to finance Total’s new gas megaproject on Russia’s pristine Arctic coast.
Reuters. 2 March 2022.