Carbon offsets –> more gas flaring in Nigeria

Another reason why CDM and carbon offsets is not the way (or even an efficient way) to deal with climate change. Flaring gas from oil projects in Nigeria (and elsewhere) is a crazy practice and a human rights abuse, causing acid rain, sickness and heavy local pollution, as well as enormous carbon emissions. There are proposals that oil...

Oil corruption in Congo (Brazzaville) – documentary

Yet another strong documentary from Al-Jazeera’s People & Power series, this time on oil corporations operating in Congo (Brazzaville), corruption and gas flaring.   Congo Brazzaville is one of the poorest countries in the world, despite the fact that it produces nearly 300,000 barrels of oil a day.Denis Sassou Nguesso, the country’s president has been in...

Pacific Environment challenge offshore drilling in USA

Pacific Environment are organising to challenge offshore drilling in the US: On his way out of Washington, former President Bush pushed through a plan that would sell off almost all of Alaska’s Arctic waters to Big Oil and would also open California’s coastlines to drilling. This plan continues the U.S.’s unmatched contribution to greenhouse gas emissions...

“We’ve shut the bank down!”

This news also came in on Tuesday via the climate camp twitter: “climatecamp: 12 climate campers have just blockaded RBS. Go campers go! Big group about to leave for Bank of England too” “climate camp: Up to 20 campers inside rbs. On second floor too. Dressed as construction workers. More info as it arrives!” “climatecamp: Cyclists...

Stealing the “S” from Shell – tar sands activists hit London

Most of my news from this year’s Camp for Climate Action arrived by twitter: “climatecamp: Balcony of Shell building occupied, big ‘Shell’ sign now reads ‘hell’…” “climatecamp: Tarsands activists are now giving speeches at bp headqrtrs having stopped by at national portrait gallery in Trafalgar square” “climatecamp: Bp is one of the biggest players in the extracion...

Secret documents uncover UK’s interest in Libyan oil

PLATFORM generated two articles in Sunday’s Observer that highlight the collaboration between the Foreign Office and Shell over Libya. The documents referred to show the deep and long-term foreign policy backing provided by the British government to Shell in its efforts to break into Libya. Corporate executives have easy access to the highest level of...

Methane gas seeps from seabed off Svalbard…

A warning of accelerated climate change to come. This not the Svalbard of Philip Pullman’s warrior polar bears, but the non-fictional Norwegian Arctic. While government and oil corporations focus on the Arctic’s potential as a great new oil province. (See BP’s own brochure for boasts of “a solid Arctic track record”.) The ice in the Barents Sea...

BP & Shell support ‘astro-turfing’ climate blockers

Lobby groups funded by BP & Shell are organising public rallies in the US to oppose proposed legislation that would cap carbon emissions. The American Petroleum Institute (API) provided “upfront resources” to pay for an events company to organise public protest meetings. The tactic of “astroturfing” has been used by corporations since the 1990s to...

BP piggybacks on London Olympics to generate social acceptance

BP brand hypocrisy continues, with Marketing Magazine reporting on the company’s plans for the London Olympics in 2012. Energy company BP has appointed agencies Landor and Ogilvy to handle its sponsorship of London 2012. Tony Hayward, executive director of BP, said that […] as BP is the UK’s biggest company with headquarters in London, the 2012 Olympics...

BP keeps digging deeper under Caspian

The main workhorse of Azeri oil production – the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field – will peak in 2010, due to BP and consortium members driving an aggressively fast extraction programme. As the revenues poured in over the last eight years, the state budget soared, covering military expansion, President Aliev’s opulent lifestyle and doubtful infrastructure projects including a...

The Fight for the Mountains & the Forests

AlJazeera International (in English) recently broadcast several investigative programmes on popular movements opposing destructive fossil fuel projects, as part of its People & Power series. The shows cover local resistance to Barrick Gold in Argentina/Chile, Talisman’s oil operations in the Peruvian Amazon and mountain removal coal mining in the Appalachians. What the film-makers didn’t realise...

Community resistance in Rossport continues

Maura Harrington – imprisoned for her opposition to Shell: “We all have successes and failures. I was a teacher, my failures work inside the gates at Glengad and Bellanaboy, my successes are outside the gates”. Second email from George, supporting the community resistance against Shell’s gas plans in Rossport, Ireland: I drove over to Rossport with Paul...