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  • Gifts from the Sea

    Gifts from the Sea

    The Oil Machine in Cromarty The Stagecoach bus judders and swerves as it takes the bend past Braehead and Davidston, past the fields of stubble and grazing sheep. The driver knows these empty roads on The Black Isle intimately and is eager to reach the journey’s end. Suddenly, over the crest of the hill, Cromarty…

    7 Feb 2023 james
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  • The Lie of the Land

    The Lie of the Land

    The Oil Machine in Inverness The words of Sir David King, head of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group, haunt me. Speaking at the launch of The Oil Machine film, he explained his view on what has been taking place since 2019. “What we have experienced in the last three years is a series of extreme…

    16 Nov 2022 james
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  • Enough is Enough!

    Enough is Enough!

    Medway’s resistance to an unjust transition. Down the canyon of Chatham High Street comes the march. Banner of Medway Trades Council proudly to the fore. Chants and shouts echoing off the shopfronts and the buildings above. “Enough is Enough! Enough is Enough!” Past the pound shops and the charity shops. Past the boarded up windows…

    24 Oct 2022 james
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  • Who Owns the Wind?

    Who Owns the Wind?

    The promise of a publicly owned renewable energy system The North Westerly gale billows and shakes the heavy white pvc of the marquee on the Portsoy harbourside, Aberdeenshire. Festival goers drift from stall to stall, under the pallid light of sun through plastic, dithering over the t-towels and pots of honey. At one end of…

    3 Oct 2022 james
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  • The Cardinal’s Song

    The Cardinal’s Song

    In honour of Suzi Gablik and her bright bold inspiring words

    26 May 2022 james
  • ‘Oil is the poison’

    ‘Oil is the poison’

    Action is the antidote’ – sixteen days in the movement to end fossil fuels. At 8.25 on Friday 15th April, as the rush hour traffic poured off the M4 at Chiswick, four activists stepped out in front of an Eddie Stobart oil tanker. Two held up a banner declaring ‘Just Stop Oil’ whilst two others…

    22 Apr 2022 james
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  • Tectonic shifts – the energy crisis and the leap beyond – The Economic War, part 4

    Tectonic shifts – the energy crisis and the leap beyond – The Economic War, part 4

    Shell declares it may go back into Cambo and the oilfield’s exploration license is extended by two years. The British government pushes for renewed drilling in the UK North Sea. There is public outcry at the Chancellor’s failure to defend households from the attack on living standards driven by price inflation. The Russian government announces…

    4 Apr 2022 james
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  • Time to kick Oil out of Football? – The Economic War, part 3

    Time to kick Oil out of Football? – The Economic War, part 3

    Roman Abramovich under sanctions! Chelsea up for sale! Scandal engulfs Everton FC as a key donor Alisher Usmanov is added to the UK government’s list of ‘named Oligarchs’. The Economic War has opened a new front on the pitch. Football is pulled into the Russian invasion of Ukraine just as Western corporations and the oil…

    23 Mar 2022 james
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  • Hail to the dockworkers! A Tale of Three Tankers – The Economic War, part 2

    Hail to the dockworkers! A Tale of Three Tankers – The Economic War, part 2

    You can track them still on MarineTraffic.com … the MV Seacod, the MV Boris Vilkitsky and the MV Pearl. Three ghost ships of the energy system, the spirits of the Economic War. All three of these vessels broke out of the fog that normally swathes the constant trade in oil and gas. All three neared…

    10 Mar 2022 james
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