British politics is awash with oil money – only when we flush it out can we save the planet


Oil executives gave £390,000 directly to the Tories after Theresa May became prime minister. Surprise, surprise, their 2017 manifesto included a commitment to build upon support for the industry

James Moore

Two headlines have caught my attention over the past week. The first concerned a frankly frightening report published ahead of this week’s UN climate action summit.

Backed by the world’s major climate science bodies, it found that commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions will need to be at least tripled if the world is to have any hope of meeting the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.

The consequences of not doing so are dire. We need to get carbon out of the air if we want to avoid having to deal with living in an oven.

For that to happen, we need to get money, and especially fossil fuel money, out of politics.

The problem it causes can be most obviously seen in the US, the world’s biggest CO2 emitter, where the ruling Republican Party sometimes seems to function not so much as a political movement as it does a joint venture owned by the Trump Organisation, the religious right and the fossil fuel industry.

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