Scientists call out Science Museum over ties to big oil

  • A group that includes many leading climate scientists have today lodged a formal complaint with the Science Museum
  • The museum is accused of ‘undermining its integrity as a scientific institution’ by partnering with BP, Shell and Statoil despite their continued contribution to climate change
  • The complaint presents new evidence showing the museum knew about sponsors’ ties to corruption and climate disinformation but signed deals regardless
  • Today is the first day of Shell’s flagship science event Make the Future Live at Olympic Park, which has been labelled ‘greenwash’

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Statoil/Equinor spends millions on lobbying

A decorated oil rig behind a basketball court, next to Beverly Hills High School in Los Angeles. Statoil/Equinor is a member of a lobby group that pushes more oil extraction across the US. Photo by Sarah Craig/Faces of Fracking (Creative Commons)

Statoil’s rebranding as Equinor is part of its wider efforts to present itself as a ”clean” oil company. But like BP and Shell, it is part of industry lobbying groups that are pushing for access to ever riskier and dirtier fuels and blocking cleaner alternatives. Continue reading

Statoil’s ties to corruption

A worker rebrands a Statoil hat with the new Equinor logo, May 2018. Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor

Unlike its competitors, Statoil/Equinor has managed to sustain a cleaner, more responsible image. While Shell, Exxon and BP are renowned for their major environmental impacts, Statoil has, to some extent, avoided being tarred with the same brush.

However, Statoil has often found itself in the spotlight over its business dealings.

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Why oil companies are on a collision course with a safe climate

Photo: Spencer Thomas cc

Global climate change has already begun, and the scientific consensus is that it is largely caused by burning fossil fuels and deforestation. Allowing temperatures to keep rising unabated would push the world further into climate crisis, so in 2015 governments agreed to limit warming to under 2 degrees Celsius – while acknowledging that even that wouldn’t avoid many severe impacts across the world.

If countries are serious about meeting that limit, approximately 80 percent of the fossil fuels we already know about will need to be left in the ground. Continue reading

Why Statoil was sued by its own human rights advisor

Equinor has just launched a new partnership with the repressive Azerbaijan government. Image: Equinor

In 2010, Statoil (now Equinor) was sued by its own human rights advisor, Mitra Forouhar. Ms Forouhar claimed that the company had essentially given a false job description, misrepresenting the Human Rights Advisor as a meaningful position when in fact it was just a PR role. Continue reading