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While ordinary Brits struggle BP and Shell shareholders celebrate Putin-war pay-day

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While ordinary Brits struggle BP and Shell shareholders celebrate Putin-war pay-day

Today BP announced it had made £7.1bn in profit over the last three months. Tagged onto their profit figures was the announcement that the oil giant would initiate a new round of share buybacks totalling $2.5 billion.

By DR GEORGE DIBB

Share buybacks, which involve a company repurchasing its own stock to artificially boost its overall share price, were illegal in the UK until 1981 because they were considered a form of market manipulation. Last week, Shell also announced it would spend nearly half of its $9.5 billion profits on a bumper $4 billion buyback programme for shareholders. At the same time, the oil multinational revealed it hadn’t paid a single penny of the windfall tax in the UK. read more

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Governments urged to act after oil giants accused of misleading public

The Guardian

Governments urged to act after oil giants accused of misleading public

Documents suggest Shell and BP staff privately downplayed public commitments on climate crisis

Alex Lawson Energy correspondent: Fri 16 Sep 2022 16.42 BST

Campaigners have urged governments to intervene after oil companies were accused of misleading the public about their commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

Oil and gas companies including Britain’s Shell and BP were urged to “stop their deception” this week as the US House committee on oversight and reform released documents showing that oil industry executives privately downplayed their public messages on efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

The memo claimed that internal BP documents highlighted how carbon capture and storage (CCS) – a nascent technology that involves inserting CO2 emissions into underground rock formations – could “enable the full use of fossil fuels across the energy transition and beyond”.

Congressional investigators also unearthed an internal Shell email discussing carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) in which an executive said: “We want to be careful to not talk about CCUS as prolonging the life of oil, gas or fossil fuels writ large.” read more

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Criticism intensifies after big oil admits ‘gaslighting’ public over green aims

The Guardian

Criticism intensifies after big oil admits ‘gaslighting’ public over green aims

Fury as ‘explosive’ files reveal largest oil companies contradicted public statements and wished bedbugs upon critical activists

Oliver Milman: Sat 17 Sep 2022 11.00 BST

Criticism in the US of the oil industry’s obfuscation over the climate crisis is intensifying after internal documents showed companies attempted to distance themselves from agreed climate goals, admitted “gaslighting” the public over purported efforts to go green, and even wished critical activists be infested by bedbugs.

The communications were unveiled as part of a congressional hearing held in Washington DC, where an investigation into the role of fossil fuels in driving the climate crisis produced documents obtained from the oil giants ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BP.

“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they wish bedbugs on you, then you win,” said Varshini Prakash, executive director of Sunrise. The organization accused Shell of a “legacy of violence and of ignoring the wellbeing of communities across the globe”. read more

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Big Oil Companies Are Greenwashing, Congress Committee Says

Big Oil Companies Are Greenwashing, Congress Committee Says

A House congressional committee said internal documents from Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp., Shell Plc, and BP Plc reveal that their public promises to fight climate change amount to greenwashing.

A cache of emails, lobbying and preparation materials for senior executives obtained by the Committee on Oversight and Reform show that Big Oil climate pledges rely on “unproven technology, accounting gimmicks, and misleading language to hide the reality,” Subcommittee Chair Ro Khanna said in an emailed statement. read more

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Shell’s £80m boss Ben van Beurden preparing to join stream of FTSE100 bosses heading for the door

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Shell’s £80m boss Ben van Beurden preparing to join stream of FTSE100 bosses heading for the door

The £80million boss of Shell is preparing to join the stream of FTSE100 bosses heading for the door. 

Ben van Beurden – who, it emerged in March, bagged £4.6million in bonuses on top of his £1.4million salary last year, taking his total pay and bonuses to almost £80million during his nine years at the helm – could step down as soon as 2023 as the oil giant begins its search for a replacement. 

His departure will mark the end of an era for Shell, as it tries to toe the tricky line of boosting Britain’s energy security with embracing sustainable technologies. While Van Beurden’s legacy includes a commitment to reduce oil production, he has been criticised for failing to take more drastic action. read more

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REVEALED: UK ‘fat cat’ power bosses pocketed £30million last year

MailOnline

REVEALED: UK ‘fat cat’ power bosses pocketed £30million last year as struggling households are warned energy price cap could hit £7,700 in April

  • Bosses of Shell, BP and National Grid are among the top earners of seven energy and utility firms in the FTSE 100 index of leading companies on the stock market

  • The five energy and power companies make up £23million of the total

  • Ben van Beurden, the chief executive of Shell, made £6.2m in pay and bonuses 

  • Nadhim Zahawi warned that earners on £45k may need help with energy bills

The bosses of Britain’s biggest energy and utility companies pocketed an eye-watering £30million in pay between them last year as hard-pressed families nationwide face an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis.

The bosses of Shell, BP and National Grid are among the top earners of seven energy and utility firms in the FTSE 100 index of leading companies on the stock market. read more

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PURE GREED: How fatcat energy bosses will bank a staggering £15 MILLION as terrified hard-up Brits choose heating or eating

The Sun

PURE GREED: How fatcat energy bosses will bank a staggering £15 MILLION as terrified hard-up Brits choose heating or eating

IT is High Noon for the energy fatcats today as they drag their expensively-dressed behinds into showdown talks with the Chancellor.

As The Sun revealed yesterday, Nadhim Zahawi has summoned gas and electricity bosses in to explain just how much cash they are making out of the energy crisis.

It comes as energy experts at Auxilione revealed energy bills could reach over £5,000 next year and Martin Lewis warned the crisis could put lives at risk.

Zahawi and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng wil also demand to know what investment they plan to make with their soaring profits. read more

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£7.5bn taxpayer handout for oil titans Shell and BP

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Shell and BP to share in huge giveaway that will blow hole in gains from windfall tax: £7.5bn taxpayer handout for oil titans

  • Energy giants already receive Treasury incentives to invest in the North Sea 

  • Fresh changes have been ushered in that will turbocharge the subsidies 

  • Plans introduced at same time as Government’s £5bn ‘windfall tax’ 

  • City sources describe exceptionally high incentives as ‘beyond believable’ 

Oil and gas titans are set to reap a mammoth taxpayer giveaway of up to £7.5billion despite making record profits.

BP and Shell are among the firms that will benefit from new tax breaks, despite BP boss Bernard Looney comparing his firm to a ‘cash machine’.

Energy giants already receive Treasury incentives to invest in the North Sea, but fresh changes have been ushered in that will turbocharge the subsidies. The plans have been introduced at the same time as the Government’s £5billion ‘windfall tax’ – billed as taxing energy firms to help pay for the cost-of-living crisis. read more

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Shell staff get profits bonus as energy bills soar

BBC NEWS

Shell staff get profits bonus as energy bills soar

4 August 2022

Energy giant Shell is to give its workers a one-off 8% bonus after the company reported record profits from high oil and gas prices.

Most of the 82,000 staff it employs worldwide will get the pay boost but top executives will be excluded.

Shell said the award reflected its financial success and was “not a response” to the rising cost of living.

Energy firms’ bumper profits have prompted calls for tougher taxes to help families with rising bills. read more

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Exclusive-Shell Wants to Share More of Its Blockbuster Profits, CEO Says

REUTERS

Exclusive-Shell Wants to Share More of Its Blockbuster Profits, CEO Says

By Ron Bousso

OXFORD, England (Reuters) – Shell is considering boosting shareholder returns on the back of bumper profits from soaring energy prices, while the extra cash will also help it shift more swiftly towards renewables and low-carbon energy, the chief executive said on Thursday.

Europe’s largest oil and gas company, as well as rivals including BP, have seen profits surge this year following two years of declining revenues due to the pandemic. read more

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Climate pressure from employees, shareholders rattles Big Oil

The Washington Post

Climate pressure from employees, shareholders rattles Big Oil

By : May 27, 2022 at 9:09 a.m. EDT

Five years ago, Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden sat down for an interview with The Washington Post and said “we believe that climate change is real. We believe that the threat of climate change is real. And we believe that action is needed.”

Then he added: “It doesn’t mean we have to kiss hydrocarbons goodbye. In fact, we can’t. But it does mean that we have to make more intelligent choices.”

Today, however, Shell and other oil companies are under fire from those who don’t believe industry leaders are making intelligent choices. Dissident shareholders sought to use annual meetings to press their cases this week. And at Shell’s annual meeting in London on Tuesday, dozens of climate activists wore “Christian Climate Action” T-shirts and rhythmically chanted “we will, we will stop you,” forcing the company’s chairman to halt the proceedings for over an hour. read more

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Shell: ‘We understand worry for millions – but windfall tax creates uncertainty’

CITYA.M.

Shell: ‘We understand worry for millions – but windfall tax creates uncertainty’

 and : FRIDAY 27 MAY 2022

Shell has slammed the government’s windfall tax, saying while it “understands the worry for million” about the cost of living it will creates “uncertainty” about investment.

This follows Chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing a so-called Energy Profits Levy, a 25 per cent surcharge on North Sea oil and gas sector profits, which could last for up to three years.

The Treasury expects the tax will raise around £5bn over the next 12 months – which will help fund a £15bn package to save the country’s most vulnerable households £1,200 this year.

After BP said the tax may force it to reconsider its UK investment plans, Shell is the latest energy giant to come out against the levy.

A spokesperson told City A.M. : “We understand the worry for millions of people about how high energy costs are challenging their household budgets – and the need for support to help make ends meet.” read more

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Windfall Tax on Oil Giants BP & Shell?

Mirror.co.uk

Oil giants’ profits for three months would be enough to give every household £450

Analysis by shadow Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband shows that Shell and BP made combined profits of £12.37billion in the first quarter of 2022.

By Mikey Smith: Whitehall Correspondent: !4 May 2022

Profits made by oil giants in the first three months of this year were enough to give every household £450 towards soaring energy bills.

Analysis by shadow Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband shows that Shell and BP made combined profits of £12.37billion in the first quarter of 2022. read more

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Windfall tax on Energy Giants Shell and BP?

The Telegraph

Energy bosses are provoking Sunak into another ruinous tax raid

BP chief executive may live to regret calling his company a ‘cash machine’: Shell unveiled a quadrupling of profits and a bumper payout for shareholders. Chief Ben van Beurden sounded cock-a-hoop. It had been “a momentous year”, he declared.

: CHIEF CITY COMMENTATOR:

You’ve got to hand it to the bosses of Britain’s energy giants. The response of the industry’s top figures to growing calls from the Labour Party, trade unions, and eco-activists for a windfall tax has been so risible that a Conservative Government is now said to be warming to the idea, having repeatedly ruled it out. read more

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‘Carbon bombs’ set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown

The Guardian

Revealed: the ‘carbon bombs’ set to trigger catastrophic climate breakdown

Exclusive: Oil and gas majors are planning scores of vast projects that threaten to shatter the 1.5C climate goal. If governments do not act, these firms will continue to cash in as the world burns

by Damian Carrington and Matthew Taylor: Wed 11 May 2022

The world’s biggest fossil fuel firms are quietly planning scores of “carbon bomb” oil and gas projects that would drive the climate past internationally agreed temperature limits with catastrophic global impacts, a Guardian investigation shows. read more

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Big Oil braces for shareholder revolt over climate plans in proxy voting season

CNBC

Big Oil braces for shareholder revolt over climate plans in proxy voting season

Sam Meredith@SMEREDITH19

  • Oil and gas majors on both sides of the Atlantic are scheduled to hold their annual general meetings in the coming weeks.
  • The forthcoming proxy season comes amid intensifying pressure on Big Oil to set short- and medium-term targets in line with the landmark Paris Agreement.
  • At present, not a single oil and gas major is aligned with the Paris Agreement’s goal of curbing global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

LONDON — Some of the world’s largest corporate emitters face the prospect of a shareholder rebellion this month, with climate-related votes poised to spike throughout the proxy season.

Oil and gas majors on both sides of the Atlantic are scheduled to hold their annual general meetings in the coming weeks. Existing climate strategies are up for votes alongside a range of investor-led resolutions targeting emissions reductions. read more

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