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biffvernon



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:55 pm    Post subject: Corporate influence on governance Reply with quote

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The EU abandoned or weakened key proposals for new environmental protections after receiving a letter from a top BP executive which warned of an exodus of the oil industry from Europe if the proposals went ahead.

In the 10-page letter, the company predicted in 2013 that a mass industry flight would result if laws to regulate tar sands, cut power plant pollution and accelerate the uptake of renewable energy were passed, because of the extra costs and red tape they allegedly entailed.

The measures “threaten to drive energy-intensive industries, such as refining and petrochemicals, to relocate outside the EU with a correspondingly detrimental impact on security of supply, jobs [and] growth,” said the letter, which was obtained by the Guardian under access to documents laws.

The missive to the EU’s energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger, was dated 9 August 2013, partly hand-written, and signed by a senior BP representative whose name has been redacted.

It references a series of “interactions” between the two men – and between BP and an unnamed third party in Washington DC – and welcomes opportunities to further discuss energy issues in an “informal manner”.

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The Green MEP Molly Scott Cato said that the UK’s robust advocacy of BP’s positions was a cause of deep shame, and illustrated how Brexit would increase the power of fossil fuel firms.

She said: “It reveals how the arm-twisting tactics of big oil seek to undermine the EU’s progressive energy and climate policies. BP’s covert lobbying, combined with threats of an exodus of the petrochemicals industry from the EU, are nothing short of blackmail.

“This document paints a disturbing picture of the degree to which global corporations subvert the democratic process, influence the commission and threaten the vital transition to a cleaner, greener Europe.”


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/20/eu-dropped-climate-policies-after-bp-threat-oil-industry-exodus
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Corporate influence on governance Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
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She said: “It reveals how the arm-twisting tactics of big oil seek to undermine the EU’s progressive energy and climate policies. BP’s covert lobbying, combined with threats of an exodus of the petrochemicals industry from the EU, are nothing short of blackmail.

“This document paints a disturbing picture of the degree to which global corporations subvert the democratic process, influence the commission and threaten the vital transition to a cleaner, greener Europe.”


http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/20/eu-dropped-climate-policies-after-bp-threat-oil-industry-exodus

Is it black mail or just a presentation of likely outcomes based on facts? If the Brexit would indeed cause energy companies to move elsewhere for economic reasons then those contemplating that decision should be made well aware of the facts.
My only question is why the unnamed PB executive chose to convey that message privately as apposed to declaring it in a public forum.
If it is the truth it will withstand the sunlight of public inspection.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think this is Brexit related.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most predictions are not based on facts, just beliefs.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2016 2:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Green MEP Molly Scott Cato said that the UK’s robust advocacy of BP’s positions was a cause of deep shame, and illustrated how Brexit would increase the power of fossil fuel firms.


If BP were relying on the the UK's advocacy how would a Brexit increase the power of fossil fuel firms? Surely without the backing of the UK government inside the EU BPs position would be weakened. Weird logic!!
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