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Should oil and gas companies release their cleantech patents into the public domain?
Releasing cleantech patents into the public domain will positively affect the image of the companies.
Releasing cleantech patents into the public domain may improve the image of major oil and gas companies and deter activists from leading
Oil and gas companies have
climate change, and have
damaged the environment. By releasing cleantech patents into the public domain they will demonstrate that they regret their past, and want to make amends.
Oil companies have been making
. There is no reason for them to be concerned with how some activists perceive them.
fuel tax protests
in France demonstrate that citizens care more about access to cheap energy than the environment. Oil and gas companies should not assume that the views of environmental activists represent the views of the public.