Andy Rowell
Exposing Shell’s Blood Money in Nigeria PDF Print E-mail
Andy Rowell: 28 August, 2012

Hats off to our friends at Platform, the oil industry watch-dog. For the last few years, they have been digging around Shell’s dirty dealings in the Niger Delta. Last week they released a briefing paper, co-published by SpinWatch, which showed that Shell is still at heart of the vortex of violence that continues in the Delta.

The briefing paper, called Dirty Work, examined Shell’s security spending in Nigeria. It revealed that the oil company spent $383m over three years protecting staff and installations in Niger delta region. This represents about 40 per cent of the $1 billion Shell spends globally on security.

Shell’s vast operations in the Niger Delta are guarded by over 1,300 government forces, including 600 police and Mobile Police,  known locally as the ‘kill and go’ and 700 soldiers from the Joint Task Force (JTF), a combination of the army, navy and police.
And the Winner is... PDF Print E-mail
2 December, 2010

German energy giant RWE (npower), and embattled bank Goldman Sachs (coupled with dodgy derivatives lobby group ISDA) have been given the dubious honour of being named the Worst EU Lobbyists of 2010.

The results of the dual climate and finance categories of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010 were revealed during a ceremony outside the ISDA office in Brussels this morning.

RWE was the clear winner of the climate category, winning 58 per cent of the vote. It had been nominated for claiming to be green while lobbying to keep its dirty coal- and oil-fired power plants open.

Brussels based lobby group, BusinessEurope, nominated for its aggressive lobbying to block effective climate action in the EU while claiming to support action to protect the climate, took second place with 24% of the total votes and Arcelor-Mittal, the steel Industry “fat cat”, came in third with 18% of the total votes.
Beware of the Lobby Cleaner!! PDF Print E-mail
19 November 2010

With just under a week to go to end of the voting for the EU Worst Lobbying Award, some of the nominees have started receiving visits from the infamous Brussels “Lobby-Cleaner”.

To see how the Lobby Cleaner team gets on with a visit to the lobby group, BUSINESSEUROPE, watch the video:

And to see how the Lobby Cleaner team try and attend a hedge fund industry event watch this one:
Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010 – VOTE NOW PDF Print E-mail
15 October 2010

Business attempts to undermine effective European action on climate change and finance regulation have once again been exposed by the launch of the Worst EU Lobbying Awards 2010.

From now until 25th November 2010, you can vote online here  for the most deserving ‘winner’ in this year’s two very topical categories – climate and finance.

The nominees for this year's award are:

- in the climate category, supported by: Climate Action Network Europe, Oxfam, World Development Movement,

- BusinessEurope: Nominated for its aggressive lobbying to block effective climate action in the EU while claiming to support action to protect the climate.
Monsanto Wins Angry Mermaid Award PDF Print E-mail

15 December 2009

The controversial biotech company, Monsanto has won the Angry Mermaid Award 2009.

At a press conference this morning at the UN climate talks, the award-winning writer and journalist Naomi Klein anounced the biotech giant had won with 37% of the total vote.
Oil giant Shell took second place (18%) in the Award for lobbying to sabotage effective action on climate change, followed by the American Petroleum Institute (14%).

 Ten thousand people voted in the Angry Mermaid Award, named after the iconic Copenhagen mermaid who is angry about corporate lobbying on climate change.

Beware Sceptics Bringing “Balance” to the Climate Debate PDF Print E-mail
The climate sceptics are riding high this week as the leaked emails from the University of East Anglia continue to make news.

Riding the crest of the wave is the ex-British Chancellor Nigel Lawson, who is rapidly re-inventing himself as a climate sceptic cause célèbre.

The timing of the leaked emails this week could not have come at a better time for Lawson, who launched his new policy think tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation yesterday in the House of Lords.

Lawson calls the new think tank an “all-party and non-party think tank” and has registered it as an educational charity.

The Angry Mermaid Strikes Back PDF Print E-mail
16 November 2009

All the news reports this morning are that a deal at Copenhagen is dead. Barack Obama has said that we had run out of time to secure a deal in December.

This will please the corporate lobbyists no end.  The longer they can delay action on climate the better.

But now Copenhagen’s iconic mermaid is striking back. She is pissed off with climate change and the lobbyists.

So a group of NGOs, including SpinWatch, has launched an award  – called the Angry Mermaid – to highlight how corporate lobbyists are sabotaging action on climate, whether it be at Copenhagen or domestically in the US.

Financial Sector has European Commission in Stranglehold, argues new report PDF Print E-mail
A ground-breaking new analysis undertaken by the ALTER-EU Coalition has found that the vast majority of financial ‘experts’ advising the European Commission represent the very same companies responsible for the global economic crisis.

The Captive Commission report, which examines the role of the Commission’s finance ‘Expert Groups’, the groups which give advice to the Commission shows:

• There are more corporate employees helping draft Europe’s financial policies than Commission civil servants: with at least 229 corporate advisors compared to 150 DG Internal Market policy-making staff.
Boris and the Brown-Nosing Banker PDF Print E-mail

Practically every politician of every persuasion may have it in for the banks, but not our Boris. The heavy-weights of London’s financial services industry have been schmoozing the London Mayor to assist them in their fight against EU regulation of the industry.

Particularly in the lobbyists’ sights is the EU’s AIFM Directive which intends to tighten up regulation on hedge funds and private equity, both of whose antics are seen to have contributed to the financial crisis.

Simon Walker the CEO of the BVCA – or British Venture Capital Association – that represents 95 per cent of all UK-based venture capital firms, has been working to butter up Boris nicely to help them make their case.

European Commission Expert Groups Dominated by Industry PDF Print E-mail

 31st March 2008

Industry lobbyists are dominating parts of the European law-making process, according to a new report launched this month by Alter-EU that analysed the membership of a number of Commission Expert Groups.

The report "Secrecy and corporate dominance - a study on the composition and transparency of European Commission Expert Groups" reveals that industry representatives have a disproportionate influence on a number of the Commission's most controversial Expert Groups, including advisory groups on issues such as biotechnology, clean coal and car emissions.

Expert Groups are established by the Commission to provide advice on the development of new laws and policies, giving group members considerable power over EU legislation, the report says.

The report author Yiorgos Vassalos of Corporate Europe Observatory said: "Expert Groups are responsible for shaping policies on some of the most controversial issues being dealt with by the European Commission. Information about who has access in this crucial initial stage of decision making is not made public, but our research shows that industry representatives are playing an important role. These groups should act in the public interest, but it appears that some are being allowed to further their own commercial interests."

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