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There is no magic money tree, except for handouts for BP

There is no magic money tree, except for handouts for BP

The UK government paid oil companies $312 million to drill in the North Sea during the fiscal year 2016-2017 according to a new report by the HMRC, The Times reports. Successive UK governments insist “there is no magic money tree” to fund public hospitals and schools, or to insulate cold homes. But apparently the magic...
Hackney Council as the climate vanguard - or is it just a laggard?

Hackney Council as the climate vanguard – or is it just a laggard?

Hackney Council is voting tonight on its investment policy regarding fossil fuels and climate change. After years of campaigning by Divest Hackney and lots of media attention, this Tuesday is the big day for the Pensions Committee. But despite the hype and the repeated delays, the proposals are pretty disappointing. Hackney Council has £42 million in fossil...
A secret military subsidy - pirates and oil corps

A secret military subsidy – pirates and oil corps

New Internationalist featured a blog from Platform on our new briefing A Secret Subsidy: Oil companies, the Navy and the response to piracy. Here’s what we wrote: This week the Combating Piracy Conference has been taking place in London, behind closed doors. This industry-organised event brings together representatives from European Union, NATO and oil and...
Tangled up in US cables: an intern’s view

Tangled up in US cables: an intern’s view

  This post was written by Platform intern, Pip Brown. Back in October 2011, I gladly accepted the task of working together with Platform researchers and sifting through the US Embassy cables to find information on oil and conflict in the Niger Delta. How many could there be? I typed the words “Shell” and “Nigeria”...
Submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry: "British foreign policy and the 'Arab Spring': the transition to democracy"

Submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry: “British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy”

Platform made a submission on Libya to the Foreign Affairs Committee enquiry, “British foreign policy and the ‘Arab Spring’: the transition to democracy” on 30 November 2011. AS 15 Written evidence from PLATFORM SUMMARY 1. UK foreign policy on Libya focused excessively on improving relationships with the Gaddafi regime and promoting British business interests, at the expense...
Shell's Big Dirty Secret - insight into the world’s most carbon intensive oil company and the legacy of CEO Jeroen van der Veer

Shell’s Big Dirty Secret – insight into the world’s most carbon intensive oil company and the legacy of CEO Jeroen van der Veer

This report rates the carbon intensivity of the top international oil companies, revealing that Shell is the most carbon intensive oil company in the world based on its total resources. Research for the report was conducted by Platform, Greenpeace UK, Oil Change International and Friends of the Earth. Download the report (pdf) or read online below....

Falling oil price opens new doors for BP & Shell

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 11.   The falling oil price will significantly reduce the bargaining position of oil producing countries. The dramatic crash from an all-time high of $147 a barrel in summer 2008 to $34 in January 2009 has already reversed the trend of resource sovereignty seen...

The Next Gulf – London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria.

“the writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society’s weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved shaping its present and its future.” Ken Saro-Wiwa (1941-1995) The Next Gulf – London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria. Written By: Andy Rowell, James...