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Government issues nearly £2 bn for fossil fuels abroad... and 0.0005 as much for renewables

Government issues nearly £2 bn for fossil fuels abroad… and 0.0005 as much for renewables

New data shows: last year the UK government supported oil, gas and coal projects in other countries to a tune of £1.8 billion – through UK Export Finance (UKEF), a government department that purports to support UK businesses operating elsewhere. We’ve analysed UKEF’s annual list of loans and financial guarantees, and here’s some of the...
Of Turmeric and Truth – 'Fuel for Thought' and the struggle in Ogoni

Of Turmeric and Truth – ‘Fuel for Thought’ and the struggle in Ogoni

This blog is co-authored by Andy Rowell (Oil Change International) and James Marriott (Platform) Lazarus Tamana, Europe Coordinator of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), holds up a small round plastic container, an inch deep, two inches across. It is filled with a rich yellow-ochre coloured powder.   “This was grown...
Comunicado: No al fracking por empresas británicas en Patagonia

Comunicado: No al fracking por empresas británicas en Patagonia

En el día de hoy, una delegación de representantes del gobierno y del sector empresarial argentino se encuentra en Londres para tratar inversiones en fracking. Argentina Solidarity Campaign, Reclaim the Power y Fossil Free London se reúnen para oponerse a la expansión del fracking en Argentina, y al rol de las empresas y el gobierno...

Statement: don’t frack Patagonia

Today a delegation of Argentinian officials and businesses is in London to talk about fracking investments. Argentina Solidarity Campaign, Reclaim the Power, and Fossil Free London are coming together to protest the expansion of fracking in Argentina and the role of the UK Government and British companies in this venture. From Lancashire to Sussex communities...
UK-Argentina fracking talks targeted by protest

UK-Argentina fracking talks targeted by protest

For immediate release – 22 May 2019 Platform / Argentina Solidarity Campaign / Reclaim the Power / Fossil Free London Contact: Anna Markova +447942044472 [email protected] Supplementary images available: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b596qa3dxfky2pj/AAC5sqsJBeDBcKiPP2O5aeR_a?dl=0 Protestors’ statement in full: https://platformlondon.org/2019/05/22/statement-dont-frack-patagonia/  Talks between UK and Argentinian officials on investments in shale oil and gas became the target of a protest by climate...
Iraq, BP and the British Museum – look upon these works and hang our heads in shame

Iraq, BP and the British Museum – look upon these works and hang our heads in shame

I had read in advance the briefing that Culture Unstained had put out to accompany the planned action. The protest at the British Museum was to be against BP’s sponsorship of the exhibition ‘I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria’, a display of treasures from the land of Iraq. I read lines...
PHOTOS: ‘Fracking rig’ & 10-metre projection protests fossil fuel finance on doorstep of UK government export body

PHOTOS: ‘Fracking rig’ & 10-metre projection protests fossil fuel finance on doorstep of UK government export body

Contact: Eliana Harrigan, Fossil Free London, +44 7541507517. Anna Markova, Platform, [email protected], +447942044472 Images available, credit Alban Grosdidier. As G20 governments gear up for their summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the climate talks are set to get underway in Katowice, the UK’s export finance department (UKEF) was hit by protests yesterday over its financing of oil...
G20 summit: Major oil spill in Argentina leads to suspension of YPF/Schlumberger licence

G20 summit: Major oil spill in Argentina leads to suspension of YPF/Schlumberger licence

Photos, video available – see below. Ahead of this week’s G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentinian authorities have suspended the licence of a YPF/Schlumberger partnership at a shale well in the Vaca Muerta shale province. The suspension of the licence follows a major well blow-out at Bandurrias Sur block in Patagonia in October that contaminated...
UKEF: don't frack Patagonia, don't fund fossil fuels

UKEF: don’t frack Patagonia, don’t fund fossil fuels

The UK government pledges billions of pounds every year in finance for UK businesses abroad through UK Export Finance (UKEF). In 2017 UKEF announced a new £1 billion credit line for UK businesses working in Argentina, with then minister Greg Hands stressing that “the UK’s expertise in areas like infrastructure, green energy and healthcare” were...
To Bruce Mackenzie – For these and future memories

To Bruce Mackenzie – For these and future memories

  In the flurry of a Tuesday afternoon, I receive an unexpected e-mail from Vicki Carroll. The header has your name in it Bruce, and I know instinctively within an instant what the message holds. I hover a while and then open the text to read the inevitable. You have stepped over, passed through the...
G20 summit in Argentina clashes over climate, fracking continues backstage

G20 summit in Argentina clashes over climate, fracking continues backstage

By Observatorio Petrolero Sur, Buenos Aires, Argentina. – The G20 summit in Buenos Aires concludes Argentina’s G20 presidency. One of the year’s key themes and controversies has been climate change and the role of fossil fuels. In June the G20 energy ministers signed a communiqué highlighting the role of natural gas in “supporting transitions to lower...
BP Chairman: "fracking is a great opportunity" but don't ask us about the risks

BP Chairman: “fracking is a great opportunity” but don’t ask us about the risks

Today I attended BP’s annual shareholder meeting alongside Fernando Cabrera from OPSur (Argentina). Fernando came to challenge BP’s board on the dangers from their fracking operations. BP’s Argentinian arm Pan American Energy is using fracking frighteningly close to Patagonia’s freshwater supplies and fruit orchards (see our report “BP’s Fracking Secrets” for more on this). Here’s...