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The Demise of Teflon John

As speculation intensifies about who will lead BP after boss John Browne’s retirement in two years time (see notes from Gog and Magog), with it comes the question of Browne’s legacy in the company – This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web Newsletter, Issue 5. Browne’s leadership has been defined by his branding...

Alcatraz on the Gulf

BP exploits migrant workers in the Emirates, by Mafiwasta – This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web Newsletter Issue 5. In the United Arab Emirates, unrestrained capitalism operates without the tiresome inconveniences of democratic institutions and media intrusion. Not surprisingly the world’s multinationals have flocked to its shores, lured by low set-up costs, tax-breaks and...

BP’s Christmas ruined as Turkey is delayed

Safety failures delay the opening of BP’s BTC pipeline by a year – This report was first published in Platform’s carbon web newsletter, issue 3. BP’s reputation faces a battering as completion of its flagship Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline (BTC) has been delayed by more than a year. The pipeline will not come on stream before April, due to...

BP’s stranglehold on Azerbaijan

This interview was first published in Platform’s carbon web newsletter, issue 2.   There are few independent and publicly critical voices emanating from Azerbaijan. With the current regime of President Ilham Aliyev – like that of his father Heydar before him – enforcing its hegemonic control through both brute force and a strong hold over...

The End of the Empire of Gog & Magog

Presentation at `Desire Lines` conference on Arts & Ecology, Dartington College, Totnes, Devon. Saturday 10th September 2005. James Marriott. THE END OF THE EMPIRE OF GOG & MAGOG (Slide showing on screen at start : Robin Territories at Dartington 1935 – 1945) First of may I say thank you to Alan (Bolden), Lara (Riley) and...

Development aid or oil industry subsidy?

This report was first published in Platform’s Carbon web newletter, issue 1.   As the G8 meeting has brought Africa and climate change to the fore, a report by Platform Research reveals that British development aid is being spent on oil projects that exacerbate both climate change and poverty. ‘Pumping Poverty’ details how the government’s...

BP’s Caspian pipeline – an end or a beginning?

This report was first published in Platform’s carbon web newsletter, Issue 1. BP’s official inauguration of its BakuTbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) oil pipeline in May contained in a nutshell the controversy of the last ten years – and a glimpse of what can be expected over the next forty. As BP’s PR machine was telling positive stories...
Degrees of Capture - Universities, the Oil Industry and Climate Change

Degrees of Capture – Universities, the Oil Industry and Climate Change

This report examines the relationship between the oil and gas industry and the UK higher education sector, and assesses this in the context of climate change. It asks if some parts of the higher education sector have been ‘captured’by the industry. The report looks in detail at how much influence oil and gas companies have...
Some Common Concerns: Imagining BP’s Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Pipelines System

Some Common Concerns: Imagining BP’s Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Pipelines System

Some Common Concerns was written by PLATFORM and published with Corner House, Friends of the Earth & Kurdish Human Rights Project in October 2002. The book imagines what the proposed Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline system would be like if it were built. It recounts the 13 years of planning, the political positioning of the three host countries...