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Arctic Anxiety: BP, British foreign policy and the rush for polar oil

Arctic Anxiety: BP, British foreign policy and the rush for polar oil

Friday 25 March 2011: In the wake of Thursday´s arbitration ruling that has delayed BP´s Arctic alliance with Rosneft, Foreign Office minutes sourced through FoIA and a new report published by PLATFORM and Greenpeace UK reveal ongoing high-level support for BP without a formulated policy position or any public or parliamentary debate. Campaign groups are...

Fossil Fuel Finance – Divest/Invest

The climate transition changes everything. The next decade will require a wholesale recalibration of how our society and economy function. This creates opportunities to place democracy and social justice at the heart of our future political and economic structures. Platform data research and analysis shows that UK local government pensions are worth nearly £300 bn...
From Glass Box to Smoke Filled Room - How BP secretly renegotiated its Iraqi oil contract, and how Iraqis will pay the price

From Glass Box to Smoke Filled Room – How BP secretly renegotiated its Iraqi oil contract, and how Iraqis will pay the price

During the second half of 2009, Iraq held two auctions of its largest oilfields, awarding them to multinational companies such as BP, Shell and ExxonMobil to operate under 20-year contracts. Between them the oilfields account for over 60% of Iraq’s reserves. The contracts were service contracts rather than the companies’ preferred production sharing agreements, which...
Off The Deep End - Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

Off The Deep End – Foreign Policy and the dash for offshore oil and gas

This Platform report provides in-depth analysis of these trends and alerts policy makers to the environmental and safety concerns around present and planned offshore drilling in the UK North Sea and the Falkland Islands. It exposes significant capacity shortfalls in government inspection agencies and highlights key areas where better regulatory oversight is urgently required to...

Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria

Platform coordinated this letter in the Observer newspaper, originally published on 4 July 2010. Oil firms must compensate the people of Nigeria Grilled in Congress, shares down to £3 and forced to pledge billions of dollars in compensation, BP is paying the price for the damage it has caused in the Gulf of Mexico –...

Unprecedented coalition from the arts condemns BP-sponsorship of the Tate

171 figures from the arts sign letter on the day Tate celebrates 20 years of BP funding A letter today was published in the Guardian today signed by 171 figures from the art world condemning BP’s sponsorship of cultural institutions in the UK. The letter has been published on the day that Tate Britain is...

Remember Saro-Wiwa Newsletter – June 2010

remember saro-wiwa DEEPWATER HORIZON: COMMENT & ANALYSIS Dear RSW supporters, We present fresh analysis of what the BP disaster could mean for the Niger Delta. You can add your opinion here. Media enquiries: Ben Amunwa on +44207 357 0055, [email protected]   The $20 Billion Question On day 57, the US government forced BP to allocate $20 billion...
C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture

Newspaper-catalogue for Platform’s major exhibition and 50-day season of events at Arnolfini, Bristol, Oct/Nov 2009. Contains essays and schedule of events, workshops, courses, art-interventions, film screenings, courses and performances on issues of climate justice in the run-up to the Conference of the Parties on Climate Change – COP 15 – in Copenhagen. Download the C Words...
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....

Delays underline flawed strategy in Canadian Tar Sands

This article was first published in Platform’s Carbon Web newsletter, issue 11. The collapse in the oil price in the autumn of 2008, tumbling from $147 to $40 per barrel, saw a corresponding rout in one of the most high-cost oil provinces in the world – the Canadian tar sands. From September to April, week...

Iraq backs down to oil company pressure

Carbon Web Newsletter, Issue 11. The falling oil price has pushed the Iraqi government onto the back foot, allowing foreign oil companies to demand greater concessions. The Iraqi government has had to slash its 2009 budget from $80 bn to under $60 bn – and even this revised figure is based on an optimistic $50...

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...