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RBS goes Arctic

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 11. In mid-March 2009, after the most recent bailout, RBS financed exploration work in previously untouched regions of Greenland’s Arctic. Acting as joint bookrunner with Merrill Lynch on March 11, RBS placed shares worth £116 million for Cairn Energy, a Scottish oil company. Although...

The Oil and Gas Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland has long ploughed money into fossil fuels – but now we own it, shouldn’t it stop? Kevin Smith looks at the campaign to get the bank to take responsibility for climate damage. First published at http://www.redpepper.org.uk/The-oil-and-gas-bank/ by Kevin Smith. One of the main causes of the current banking crisis has been the...

A green economy could be ours

The government should use its shareholder position in the newly recapitalised banks to push for proactive change from within – This article was first published at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/nov/21/banking-crisis.     In early November, representatives from 20 different organisations from around the world gathered in Spain as part of the BankTrack network to lay out a response to the banking...

Banks need to clean up their green act

Before they benefit from any kind of bail-out, banks should commit to reducing their investment in fossil fuels. – This article was originally published at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/oct/08/fossilfuels.banks.   On the same day as it became apparent that RBS would need billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money to save it from collapse, the government’s climate change watchdog warned that we should...

The Living Memorial: an update from Remember Saro-Wiwa

Sept/Oct 2008 – SABLE literary magazine – Ben Amunwa – The Living Memorial: an update from Remember Saro-Wiwa – feature article on Remember Saro-Wiwa Text & pdf to follow.

Life in the Landscape of Hydrocarbons – Exit Strategy III

By James Marriott – This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 10. How was it that the marshes of Hoo St Werburgh – so good for grazing cattle and sheep, so rich in birdlife – were turned into a site for Kingsnorth Power Station – with its chimneys and access roads,...

A view from Tbilisi

The Russia-Georgia conflict and the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline by Manana Kochladze – This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 10. A new Cold War. Punishment of Georgia’s pro-western tendencies. Reincarnation of a strong Russia. A return to a multipolar world. What all these narratives miss is that the Great Game is old,...

Conflict in the Caucasus

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 10.     British troops dispatched to Georgia to protect the flow of Caspian crude oil from Baku from the encroaching Russian threat. This was 1919, when Britain took control of the Black Sea ports of Batumi and Poti, the outlets through which Azeri...

Oil & Violence in Turkey

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 10. At 11pm on 5 August, a major explosion ruptured the BTC pipeline near Yurtbashi village in Turkey’s eastern Erzincan province. The blast sent flames shooting up to 160 feet in the air. Nearby residents told PLATFORM that they heard explosions, before a plume...

The ‘Oil for war’ deal – Iraq

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 10. In 2002 the future Oil Minister of Iraq, Ibrahim Bahr al-Uloum, enthusiastically described the occupation as both a “sort of life insurance for continuing the social and political changes” and “a great incentive for attracting the international oil companies”. On one hand, the...

Preventing an industrial tipping point

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 10. BP, Shell & the Canadian tar sands Under the pristine boreal forest in Northern Alberta lie the Canadian tar sands, a vast carbon time bomb that if ignited will dramatically increase the chance of passing a climate change tipping point. While a rational...

INTERVIEW: Kevin Smith of PLATFORM – Unravelling the Carbon Web

Fossil fuels are the primary cause of climate change, which threatens catastrophic damages including massive sea-level rise, rising incidences of flood, drought and other extreme events, major water and food supply reductions, and the spread of disease. PLATFORMs Unraveling the Carbon Web focus is to reduce the environmental and social impacts of oil and to...
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