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Thursday, March 13, 2003

Shell chairman Sir Philip Watts has called for global warming sceptics to get off the fence and accept that action needs to be taken "before it is too late".

He also said that "we can't wait to answer all questions [on global warming] beyond reasonable doubt" and that "there is compelling evidence that climate change is a threat".

Speaking that the Shell Center for Sustainability at Rice University in Houston Sir Philip said that Shell had "seen and heard enough" to believe there is a problem related to the burning of fossil fuels and because of this "we stand with those who are prepared to take action to solve that problem ... now ... before it is too late ... and we believe that businesses, like Shell, can help to bridge differences that divide the US and Europe on this issue".