Oil and gas companies are spending millions of dollars on campaigns to fight climate regulations at the same time as touting their dedication to a low-carbon future, according to a joint analysis by the Guardian and InfluenceMap. Their global PR campaigns on social media promote a commitment to a green, low-carbon future, but across the US in particular, specific local campaigns are obstructing tighter regulations on fossil fuel extraction. In many cases, oil and gas companies are using direct advertising but some targeted lobbying appears to be more opaque. It is channelled through so called “community” groups – which are being funded by fossil fuel companies.
Guardian 10th Oct 2019 read more »
The Guardian today reveals the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era. New data from world-renowned researchers reveals how this cohort of state-owned and multinational firms are driving the climate emergency that threatens the future of humanity, and details how they have continued to expand their operations despite being aware of the industry’s devastating impact on the planet.
Guardian 9th Oct 2019 read more »
The world’s 50 biggest oil companies are to pump 7m extra barrels a day over the next decade, a major new investigation has found. Independent forecasters have calculated a dramatic uptick in output of the world’s most ubiquitous fossil fuel just as scientists urge massive cuts in carbon emissions. Rystad Energy, a Norwegian consultancy commissioned by The Guardian newspaper, is predicting production will rise 8% between 2018 and 2030. The United States – where President Donald Trump is refusing to sign international carbon reduction accords – will be the centre of the increase. Americans already consume three times much carbon per capital as Scots and more than twice as much as the Chinese. Texas alone will produce more oil than Saudi Arabia by 2030, the firm said.
Herald 10th Oct 2019 read more »