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Fresh update on "bp" discussed on The Larry Elder Show
"Elder show anger special guest host. Carl jackson filling in for the great l. turkey. And here i am. I just created a crisis for myself. I had Article an article. That i had saved right between my formally fingerprinted fingertips and now all of a sudden. I have misplaced it all right anyway. Listen let me go through some information from you just some old school stuff in and again. One of the things that i've done in this is driving me nuts but one of the things that i've done is i've literally printed out articles from this stuff in the past. Because i believe having seen what the left has done having seen what big tech has done. They wiped out as much information as possible. They made it hard to find Obviously some individual sites may Will still carry on their sites but for the most part they were trying to hide this stuff. And i was like you know what they're to get rid of this stuff. I'm just gonna print out some stuff. I'm going to create some files. I'm going to file it away so that we have proof that this stuff actually did occur. That joe biden was corrupt as all. Get out that. He and His son hundred biting colluded together. I mean i have a whole entire time. Line of the uk ukraine's scandal when it comes to the democrats but let me take you back. This is a daily wire column. This was back october. Fourteenth twenty twenty Biden lied about not having spoken to honor biden about his business dealings so this was back october. Fourteen twenty twenty. So we're taking a trip down memory lane remember. They create the crisis. They blanked conservatives for the crisis. This is what they what they do. They create the crisis blamed conservative crisis. They distract they continue with the crisis as they're doing with a j six a newly released e mail allegedly shows that then. Bp joe biden now. The democrat nominee for president met with a top executive at burris burris ma ukrainian gas company that his son was working for less than a year before he pressured the ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor was investigating the company. We need to bring those audio clips. Back with joe biden was like you know and i said this and that and then what are you know. They fired The email come from a laptop computer that was dropped off at a computer repair store. Last april and biden's home state of delaware. The person who brought the laptop into the store never pay for service and never retrieved the device that was hunter biden. We later found out. Federal law enforcement officials reportedly seized the laptop in december after the store. Owner alerted them to it but not before the store. Owner made a copy of the hard drive. I'll end there will continue this on the other side and how the democrats are destroying the economy intentionally. Heavily carl jackson will be back on. The larry elder show..
Brianna Widen on the Benefits of Farming
"When did you. How did you decide to like be full on farmers. Because what i'm seeing here is you guys are living the real legit like farm family life right. Yeah so we made the choice. We actually Moved here in two thousand seventeen and originally our plan had been just to raise our own food we wanted in our big goal was just to reconnect with where our food came from and Prior to that we always bought food from local as much as we possibly could But we realized that there there was a gap between consumers and farmers and my husband just kind of fell in love with what he was doing and one day he came home from his day job and just said hey. I'd like to do this. I'd like to actually do this for a living. And i'm the kind of person that if he makes the like if he's decided that that's what he wanted to do. I don't wanna be the one that hold him back from it. So i was like all right. You drove him all sell it. So that was like one of these. Classic stories of hobby turned into yes career. Yes and you know. We haven't been doing this for very long but we definitely we brought business since into it so we knew that this wasn't we definitely took it and ran with it from the beginning. Yeah what kind of work could you both been doing. Prior and so i had built a business prior to this. And so i knew the ins and outs of what it took to build something that had a great volume of sales and i was willing to. Social media was something that was willing to tackle. My husband is he. He works for bp so he's great. He has a lot of skills and he welds and he can build and he. He's just very skillful. So i knew that he you know. We weren't lacking in in the effort. We had the desire so yeah. And what was it like. Then when you made that decision. He made that call. You're going to go for talk about what you've been through to realize you know everything that you have accomplished so far. Yeah so we. We really tackled this as as much as we possibly. Can you know we didn't want to put a toe in in In new you. You really can't make a living off just a little.
NASA Is Digging Into a Problem
"Unlike rounded weathered rocks on earth the dust and dirt particles on the moon are irregularly shaped crushed rocks with sharp angles the abrasive nature of lunar regular creates a host of challenges for landers robots and scientific equipment sent to the moon but nasa researchers are digging into the problem with the help of an earth stimulant that has similar properties to moon dirt be one an economical commercial byproduct of certain mining operations comes from the black point lava flow in northern arizona from surface experiments to vacuum chambers nasa uses bp one to help researchers better understand the interaction between rocket exhaust and the lunar surface one hundred twenty tonnes of the stimulant can be found at nasa kennedy space center in a lab area nicknamed the big ben where they test how robots will perform on the moon ground tests using the stimulant help. Researchers validate predictive models of plume interaction and determine which instruments will get left in the
Former CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan on the Importance of Title 42
"Let's explain this house this on our show already. What is title forty two is. Why was it important. And is it really still in place. So they answer last. Says it's not an. I'll get to that so title forty two again. This was not immigration policy. This is very important. It was a public health policy from. Cdc as part of their containment mitigation strategy to reduce the further introduction of cova nineteen from outside our borders into the country. They told each s you. Shall you will border patrol. Those that are illegally entering. You're gonna stop the border processes of the border. Return them to mexico. You're not going to bring them in your open. Air concord settings like those pictures show that are basically tolbert super superstars. And you're sure is a heck not release them into the united states impact the making the job of c. bp possible possible and protecting the american people okay and they just look so white house just technically extended title forty two and and cdc is still putting out the same stuff that it's dangerous ripe for those who are illegally in the country. These just said it but yet this administration has released almost two hundred thousand families and single dolt into this country wachovia. Cdc order was still in place so let me ask you a naive question. You've been a marine. You've been a law enforcement officer. You've been commissioned if khasan border protection is this administration breaking american law apsolutely unequivocally breaking the law and multiple elements and. I'll go further. Look at and i know. It's tough but i simply the the. The president is abdicating. His producer duties under article two and oracle for a section for as well to enforce the rule of the law to protect this nation So not only. Do i believe the president's do padeas is doing. They are actually what they're doing is actually counter to the still law. The tells them what they should explain that. So look it. I'll give you an example. Really great one. Because a lot of times we talk about the border. Bullish shifted in tier. Two ice ice is by. Ns we use words like xiao. You shall remove people you shall go and arrest people. This administration with their interior enforcement. Priorities are actually telling ice not to enforce the law
Activists Protest Shell Museum Sponsorship
"Chris before we talk about the specific actions last weekend. Can you set the context of the oil sponsorship at the science museum and recent events. Sure so there's a long history of oil sponsorship at the science museum as the energy gallery. Which a lot of people go to but some refers fl was actually designed in close collaboration with a team from ep and so when the science museum director is constantly saying there's no editorial influence or anything like that actually not an accurate picture till and at this point in time. Show is the real focus of the campaigning. Because it's the sponsor of this new exhibition of future planet on climate solutions on things like carbon capture and storage which fossil fuel companies often overstate in order to keep drilling from all oil and gas. But they're not the only one say back. The science museum opened one lab which is actually one allowed. The equitable battery and ecuador is the norwegian state oil and gas company and they have recently said. We're gonna continue increasing all out over the coming decade. The basically have no intention of getting to where we need to be to. Climate change anthon. Bp also remains a partner. The science museum is actually helping. Trading sunset Since stem education as well so the fossil fuel industry is deeply embedded in the museum and the director is very happy to defend and maintain relationships.
BP's EVP of Sustainability Giulia Chierchia on Divestments in Polluting Assets
"Potential strategy for a company in order to have their company appear to be much more. Environmentally friendly is to sell off their most polluting assets. What is to stop companies from doing that. And where do you think. There is a place for leadership in trying to make sure that that is visible in the industry to the investors. I think divestments is as we've shed one of a critical elements actually of all strategy. The way we actually look at divestment says one of the critical elements strategies that divestments basically helps in our case advanced world towards netzer and the reason for readers were actually divesting assets and we all reinvesting the percy's into creating a low-carbon supply so it's not five for the second time Divestments in reinvestments into low carbon supply and so that actually advances the world in the energy transition in the sense of actually bringing in that capacity that additional common capacity in solution online.
BP's Role in a Net-Zero Carbon World
"What is it about that you think differentiates them in this space that it's quite progressive to say that you're you think that an oil and gas firm is exact right place to be in looking at decarbonization the energy transition. I actually think that if we want to play a critical role getting to the paris alignments the carbonized energy systems. We need to walk energy companies. I think that's the first element brooches you conscious decarbonize energy systems by walking with companies. But if we really want to get the pass alignment winnie talks support such as us which energy plus industry transport represents seventy percent of global emissions. So we need to really work with companies such as Gas companies to actually help them decarbonised in. Go along that journey. So i i don't see joining a company such as vpn Gas company which is committed to she decarbonising as a progressive jenny. I think it's actually very much lines towards the ambition on the purpose in terms of what is unique about ep. When i actually had my first conversation with the time when i was actually considering jet joining the had already involved on a series of multiple conversations with multiple types of stakeholders from institutional stakeholders eeg governments. They called as with investors across the world and with less obvious stakeholders such as ngos and some of the most challenging gio so there was a whole process of listening which was going on and that person of listening actually very much shaped his perspective and also the l. tease perspective leadership teams perspective. So what. I was actually struck by the super superstrong alignment within the whole leadership team within the company itself on this ambition to transition at the end of the day. If you're actually working in the morning gas company and your delivering energy to the world he also wanna feel good about what you're doing and in equivocally we all delivering energy to the world's anna frame of the energy transition we have capabilities in the skills to continue doing so trudy energy transition and and towards the low-carbon well
"bp" Discussed on Switched On
"Company perspective last year. Bp announced a net zero target for the company which was organized into five points. Net zero across bp's operations on an absolute basis by twenty fifty or sooner net zero carbon mvp's oil and gas production on an absolute basis by twenty fifty or sooner a fifty percent cut in the carbon intensity of products bp cells by twenty fifty or sooner installation of methane measurement at all of the major oil and gas processing sites by twenty twenty three and to reduce methane intensity of their operations by twenty fifty and lastly to increase the proportion of investment into non oil and gas businesses overtime. In order to accomplish these aims a few new teams were formed including a strategy and sustainability team. That is led by julia so today we speak with julia about ep and why she thinks they are well position to achieve this important target. Her views on some of the most disgust technologies and the energy transition and a little bit about her and how she came to find herself last year in this newly formed role. Bf research on the energy transition can be found on the bloomberg terminal at benef- goes on left up on or the be enough mobile app as a quick reminder we do not provide investment or strategy advice. And you can hear a more complete disclaimer at the end of the show and now let's speak with julia about the energy transition..
Police Say Nearly 250 Arrested in Minnesota Pipeline Protest
"People turned out in pretty large numbers in northern minnesota this week. More than a thousand people there to protest the construction of a new multi-billion dollar oil pipeline a pipeline that among other things would cross through the delicate headwaters of the mississippi river. The protesters are trying to block that new pipeline and all the environmental hazards that it brings with it. A separate group of protesters made their way into one of the new pipelines pump stations. That's currently under construction. They piled a whole bunch of stuff including a vote at the entrance way so nobody could get in or out. The demonstrators then started locking themselves to the construction equipment bodily at at that site that had the effect of shutting down all work on on the pipeline for the day. Eventually police showed up. They started dragging protesters through the dirt to arrest them. About two hundred. People were arrested just at the pump station but the response by law enforcement wasn't just a local one in terms of local minnesota police officers. Look at this. This is a helicopter belonging to the federal government. Us customs and border patrol cv. Pista flew this helicopter. Really low dangerously low over this pipeline protest using the rotor wash from the chopper to blow dirt and debris all over the place apparently to try to get those protesters to leave see. Bp now says they are investigating the use of that helicopter. You're not supposed to use a government helicopter like that even if it is against protestors especially if it's against protestors this pipeline which is called line three it's pipeline by a company called bridge it was approved greenland under president trump. The protesters are pushing for president biden to suspend the permit for the pipeline before construction on it finished about two hundred. Protesters are camped. Out along the pipeline. Saying we won't stop pushing. They're not saying they won't leave
Marketing Missing In Conservative Views
"Said I've been around He shall remain nameless. This guy I've been around Republican politics for a long time. And the problem is all of our donors who influenced the message. They're like commodities type people, You know they're in the petroleum industry, the gas industry and there's really no marketing in that. It's not like you know, if you go toe Exxon or you go to BP, like, Hey, go to BP. This gas is really super hip cast. You're like it's gas. Whatever you stop, whatever gestation, whatever the price is cheaper. So, Yeah, There's a little bit of marketing in it. But the people who run those companies and influence the GOP and the message, air quotes Don't really have any skill in marketing. And I listened to him and I said, Ma, it's pretty genius. Trust me. This guy, this guy I've been around a long time. He said. On the other hand, James, wait his eggs in mortar that yes, there is, he said, on the other hand donors that influence liberals and the Democrat Party and get their message pushed into the Democrat ecosystem. Roll the tech people where marketing is everything. Your
US Proposes Ending Rule That Weakened Wild Bird Protections
"The Biden administration is proposing to restore longstanding protections for wild birds that work ended under former president trump in its final days in office the trump administration ordered a halt to prosecutions under the migratory bird treaty act for accidental but avoidable bird deaths more than one thousand north American birds are covered by the treaty from peregrine falcons to songbirds and more than twenty owl species hundreds of cases targeting utilities oil companies and wind energy developers resulted in criminal fines and civil penalties totaling five point eight million dollars between two thousand ten in two thousand eighteen most notably a one hundred million dollar settlement by energy company BP after the two thousand ten oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico which killed an estimated one hundred thousand birds Ben Thomas Washington
A Message to CEOs: Act On Climate, Or We'll Cut Your Pay
"A lot of companies have announced ambitious goals to fight climate change. But who's keeping an eye on those companies to see if they keep their promises as npr's camilo domino's ski reports activist investors. Want to tell. Ceos cut your emissions or will cut your pay. Big companies are talking a big game on climate. Whether they're tech giants. Twenty thirty apple will be one hundred percent carbon neutral for our entire end to end footprint. Food companies like nestle. I'm committed to do what we can to protect our planet for future generations or even oil and gas companies across pay. We are changing to support our net zero ambition. Maybe you're skeptical. Maybe you remember twenty years ago. Bp pledge to go beyond petroleum and kept on pumping oil. Maybe you're wondering what happens if these promises are empty and often times when you find somebody is not making progress against that goal or we just stop is investors. Hearing about the goal. It's time to increase pressure on the company. Pat me nail tomato is with seven asset management. A socially responsible investment company and he says one way to increase pressure is to go to the board directors with this idea. It's time now once there's a goal in place to tie performance on that goal to executive compensation. Ceo's get huge incentive package is designed to reward them if they grow profits or promote worker safety or boost customer satisfaction companies could change those packages to peggy some pay to meeting climate targets so if executives hit their goals they get their full very large bonuses if they fall short their paychecks all to after shareholder pressure companies like apple and shell have actually said yes to this. This is new.
Your Stock Market Snapshot for Tuesday, April 6, 2021
"Insurance, A lackluster day for US stocks with the index is holding to a narrow range and finish He never so slightly lower. The Dow Jones industrial Average East 97 points. The S and P 500 slipped four and the NASDAQ composite fell seven. Higher energy prices over the first quarter of the year. Have men good news for business at BP Theo oil, Titan says also that have seen signs the industry is set for a rebound after last year's pandemic induced losses. Today. BP shares jumped
The Lady Bird Johnson recordings and what they tell us
"Thursday may fourteenth. Virginia in mid may is bombed for any troubles. No silent spring here. The green archer fresh bring leaves almost met over the rutted country. Would occasionally you would see a bright. Little chipmunk perched on radio fans it's been a bad week in washington lady. Bird finds herself in the rare uncomfortable position of being the subject of some pretty scathing press. So she's fled. Dc to get out of the spotlight and come to hunt. Land and estate in middleburg virginia about an hour outside of washington. Lbj and lady. Bird had made high profile tours of appalachia. I mainly on poor whites for one of the administration's first initiatives it's war on poverty and they've quoted massive press coverage tv radio and prince. Johnson continues the president's attack on poverty as she travels to the economically depressed areas of kentucky. The forty five counties making up this area present one of the nation's worst pictures poverty several times. Mrs johnson holzer motorcade degreed local school children who have gathered along. The roadside ladybird has been a public face for this up until now the media has loved her. There's actually no vice president at the moment because lbj was the bp under kennedy and according to the constitution there's no automatic replacement for him lbj's going to announce a running mate at the convention in august at the press corps. Traveling with the first lady has started referring to her as mrs. vice president. How serious is that. i don't know not fairy. But they've clearly picked up on something real about the way. She works with lyndon in a typical piece. Editorial in the lexington herald in kentucky asks. Why not an lbj and lbj ticket. Look no farther lyneham. Your big problem of running mate for this fall is now solved. It's none other than that. Charming texan. lady. Bird johnson ladybird lasted off but all this recognition has also made her a target. Read the papers and absorb the shock. Aptitude republican congressman's visit to my tenants that i pogo county. A couple of gop congressman decided to take their own poverty. Tour to alabama where ladybird has almost four thousand acres used for cotton and timber farming that she inherited from her mother's family. The congressmen go see lady bird tenants and put out some grainy black and white photos showing their ramshackle conditions tin roof shacks with collapsing foundations. No running water basically. She's being made to look like a slum lord and those optics as they say in politics are terrible. It could have been worse. I've got to thank some way to turn it into. A constructed in ladybird been in public life for decades. And she's savvy about the press. She understands the story could deal them real political damage so her first constructive step was to avoid the press by getting out of town. That's what's brought her to hunt land back in. Washington linden's really struggling. His civil rights. Bill is stuck. In congress is war counseled dean rusk mcgeorge bundy and robert mcnamara all holdovers from kennedy are pressing him on vietnam and he has a raging toothache and i was almost asleep. A little after tway out. He called me. It was a sad happy. Talk large about the alabama tenants and about his restive desire to seek a way out of the burdens. He carries but the real source of his pain. He's actually thinking about not running. November linden is fundamentally insecure. He knows he wasn't elected that he's just there because kennedy was assassinated. He doesn't believe he has a mandate and he doesn't think he can win despite an approval rating of seventy four percent. You could argue that. This is all in his head but part of him. A big part just wants out ladybird invited. Lbj's to longtime doctors to drive out to hunt one for dinner Linden had a major heart attack at heartland almost ten years ago in nineteen fifty five. It's never really out of mind for either of them so at dinner that night with the doctors. She'd heard what they thought about his fitness. And we're going to give him a thorough medical going. The next morning and night we only talked about the psychological aspects. I don't know though that either one really understands the depth of his pain winning af faces up to the possibility of sending many thousands. American boys vietnam both ladybird linden can see the writing on the wall. Vietnam could easily derail his presidency. Their ambitions for civil rights the sweeping great society programs. He's just laid out for his doctors leave to go back. Washington bird hands them. An envelope marked personal but its contents are political to on the phone the night before linden had asked her to set out the pros and cons. I wrote at for london about a nine page analysis of what i thought he situation was. I she types out that press release. It's a bit of psychology. This is what it would feel like to announce you're not running. Then on a spiral bound steno pad ladybird writes those nine pages laying out his options This letter or what. I think is more accurately. Her strategy memo is been sitting at the lbj library forever. Pretty much overlooked by historians.
Boston schools seek delay for full-time return to classroom for K-8 students
"Washington public schools in Boston and calling for a three week delay to full time in person learning at elementary and middle schools. Elementary school students have been back in the classroom five days a week. Have to be by April 5th middle school students by April 28th, The Boston public School superintendent, Veronica Silliest wants the start date for in person learning to be April 26 for K through eight students. Boston City Councilor at large in Eastern Saudi George is set to hold a public hearing at four o'clock this afternoon to get an update from BP s officials on reopening schools
Senate Democrats vote to provide $300 unemployment benefits into September
"Stimulus Bill gets one step closer to passage in the Senate. Fox's chat program. There's a deal with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Wing. Genya. Democrats will extend extra unemployment benefits through early September. Now that's supposed to August in the House bill, but it drops the additional benefits to an extra $300 a week rather than $400. This is important because the Senate split 50 50, so Democrats can't pass the bill. Unless every one of them votes for it. Then BP Kamila Harris will cast the tie breaking vote. We didn't know it then. But a year ago yesterday,
1 dead, 11 injured in shootings in just over 12 hours in Atlanta
"In his many hours in Atlanta, one man's dead and what appears to be an argument over a car. Moreland and Memorial Drive an off duty state trooper, critically wounds a knife wielding man in a BP on boulevard near I 20 a PDS also dispatched to two different shootings in nightclubs. The mayor, DEA and acting police chief pledged to bring down violent crime in the city, former Georgian who allegedly
Revision Host Maurice Cherry Interviews Danny Shaw, Director of Digital Design and Branding at Brandshare
"All right. Let's get to the interview this week. I'm talking with danny shaw design educator located in new york city. Let's start the show all right so tell us who you are and what you do all right. Thanks for having me. I'm danny shaw. I'm a design educator. Most of the time also product manager when need to be a project manager as well and at the co- at the end of the day. I'm still a designer multi multi-disciplined design of course across the digital space. Okay how has twenty twenty one been for you so far. Twenty twenty one i mean. What are we with thirteen days. Then will far personally has been fine. You know but just looking at the world around me. You would be hard pressed to say that right but personally has been fine so far. So i'm grateful for that How was last year. I know you know the pandemic really kind of turned everyone's world upside down to some sort away. How did you get the year. Last year was a lot. I think a lot of people was ally of me personally. A lot of personal relationships it greatly impacted things for instance my grandparents who visit my grandparents all the time multiple times throughout the eddie live atlanta. I have not been able to see them. And that's really been a tough pill to swallow on person aside and not being able to see other relatives so that's definitely been hard but then which is probably roundabout way on the professional side. It's it's been probably one of the most busiest of hat professionally. A lot of business in the landscape changes so fast rapidly where the digital acceleration accelerated even more than the pace that it was already at which impacted my inbox in my email. People me up for advice and counsel and job. So it's been a mixed bag is definitely been a mix. Let's focus on work for a minute here. You're the director of digital design and strategy for a company called brand share. What does brands share. Do all right. So shit is e commerce marketing company in for a lot of people who may not be familiar with that concept and idea. We work with a lot of. Cpg burns consumer packaged goods such as emmons but if a lot of the packaging goods that we see on a regular basis as consumers so we work with these companies in regards to the marketing strategy. Introducing them to the market gaining insights and data on these new products that's being introduced to the market and we partner with them on their strategy and execution and how the scale they are offering to the audience at large in a nutshell. It comes across multiple channels digital in person shipping. We do a lot of experts. You things as well so Touch on a lot of areas with these brands trying to get as far as being the partner between the brands and these new products. That's trying to the market. In services and reaching that specific audience that the china targeting reach for their respective products. How did you first get started there at the time. I was transitioning from a position that i was working. At in north carolina as product manager and at the time there was some organizational changes. And i was looking in north carolina and and doing that and just going back and forth between new york and chronic to get my fares in order and iran ran to the person who became my manager So we just ran into each other. We used to work in the past at time. inca essence. She just told me she was working there. She was she just started. She was trying to build a team. She was looking for some freelance designers and asked me if i would be open to discuss it and i i'm open to discussing. I was just transitioned from the last role and said hey you know this might be something of interest for me. While i'm transitioning to china figure out the next and then it just happened to work out. Well we worked well together. I've worked with the rest of the team. And i'm working on the designs and floor the digital initiatives and then it just kind of kept going from there into full-time role and then may stand with the company and so forth. What does the team. Makeup look like autumn. Agean you've got designers because you mentioned design but do you work with so i work with everybody. We work with everybody. So i have Outside of me to other designers on my team i work with the vp of marketing. A record the bp digital. We're we're not. We're about fifty. I'll not that big. So we're about fifty person staff based in new york and of pennsylvania so i pretty much everybody to chairman of the company as well That the president. It really depends on the project. What's what needs to be done. You get to intimate environment. So i kind of get to work with everybody account managers and so forth as well now given that the company sizes is so small like what's a typical daylight now because i would imagine you all are not able to get together in an in an office or you now while the pennsylvania offices so they are all the way the to set up a lot of the new york office we are. We're all remote right to be clear. And we were based in midtown manhattan midtown manhattan but The pa office depending on the circumstances on what might be needed. Maybe like a photo shoot or something like that. Some members still going to office but for the most part is still pretty much remote as well. So yeah but a typical day. Nowadays is really. Just you know looking at Obviously out calendar in the before just trying to coordinate on the bear. Risk projects and initiatives looking at tickets. You know gotta look at these tickets to see what's to was the status of status meetings just to kind of make sure that we're on track with a lot of things calls a foul benders looking at roadmap. There's a lot of. I would say a lot of time. Put was president planning a lot more so than in the past so so to speak. It really varies. I really wouldn't even know what to say. What did with low but my on a log. I'm pretty much aware of what my day is already gonna look like just because i leave when i log out. I just see what. I have lined up for the next day. So usually it's a mix between meetings. Some our collaborate with the design team once needed as well as account manager for any new requests checking on the status of ongoing projects as well touching base with the vp of digital. For any other items. That might be down the line sometimes. I am checking in with some of our dev engineers team on the status of things as managing few about digital initiatives and ecommerce sites. Yeah it really ranges mountain towns. I'm looking at analytics in number. Metrics is to see if you know some insights in in regards to the strategy. And make sure we're on pace. We're doing the right thing. There's room for improvement in always looking for some wounds improvements as well so it really varies. Throughout the day. Monday tuesday could be two completely different. Days does sound like a lot. Yes it's it's cool but yeah it can vary a lot. Have you had to adopt any sort of new like strategies or workflows over the past year. Yeah sure well. They tend to crack jokes on me. Because i am like the uae. Try to organize one. You know being a project manager and in the past and project management roles a really try to align and keep things as organiz as feasibly possible. So i think i've definitely had been allowed strong advocate for that. Not just for myself but across the team especially during kobe right so that one thing that be really just had to really make adjustments for the communication on big on communication. I think a lot of not just designed problems. I think a lot of problems in general could be resolved if we communicate elopement so readily had to be strategic in how we communicate and open up communications to help foster solutions especially now that we're not all in this together we can't just walk over to someone and so forth so the communication was definitely gonna be safe there and also iguanas when everything for his hidden in in the world changed right before. Is i do think aloud people kind of know what to do right. So we worked in mit working past normal times and things like that and i think for me was at a place where it had to be diligent about. Okay shut off. There's only so much you can do. And i think not just for me. A lot of people had to make that adjustment as well with the state of the world. Yeah i know a lot of think. It was last year right around the time that the that the pandemic happened. Or the the lockdown started to happen. I was talking with a lotta people for the show who they had either just started a new job in like now it's day for and their mentor. Work from home continually or they're having a tough time to transition from being in the office to now having to sort of work in this synchronous sort of fashion right. And i will say to me. Just because i've had roles in the past where i've worked remote merola north carolina. It was a big remote work environment. Culture prior i would go into the office but it was nothing to see a member who was working remote that day for various reasons. It was very flexible. People have kids people have health issues. We worked with teams across the country. Kind of remote teams across the country engineer so it was never never felt like everybody had to be all his so for me. I was comfortable already transitioned into a more remote environment but this has been the most. I don't know if this is the most remote. I just to show. Has there been like one thing that you've gotten that's really helped you make that adjustment pretty. Well bob meditated. On is i. I really got into a meditation a bit more. Just read different philosophies at least for me just trying to make sense of everything that was going on you know i. I don't have the head. Space is the head. Space app was very very helpful. Helped me sleep more consistently in and things like that. We all just trying to figure out what works for us right. I didn't feel i needed. I wasn't really looking for anything. I was going to make me a better employee anyway. On it I think i was more concerned with was going to help me maintain some schmidt to help during all this time. Yeah so like when it comes to working on a new project or with a new client. What does that creative process look like with you being the director strategy. I know you've got the team under you. What does that sort of process look like from start to finish well. It really varies. Because the relationship that we have with declines it changes in some cases we are more or less facilitators and creative may already common just working on a strategy how to execute it for them and what are the proper market in digital media channels so to speak and then other times. We are developing in design in house. And when that happens of course that's when the standard procedures. What's what's the goal was the objectives. What are we trying to achieve was the demographics that research behind it first before we start opening programs right trying to get an understanding of what the client needs. What goes let's the. Kpi was the measurement of success prior to all of that and then basically looking at our offerings the now tools and resources to see how we can best executed across the board. It may not always be digital 'execution it might be exponential execution might be Just some inserts in getting them the scanty oracle's taken you know micro sites and things like that might be a newsletter campaigns and stuff like that so it does vary but i think we start each project just trying to warn just get an understanding of what are the key goals and objectives and. How do we facilitate that. That making sure that we have the right information to go about executing properly across creative across strategy and course execution as well
How the state of the oil and gas industry affects the city of Houston
"As you may have heard earlier on morning edition. Oil giants were expected to make up some of their financial losses in the last quarter of twenty twenty but final earnings reports released. This week show. That was definitely not the case. Texas headquartered exxon mobil reported a fourth-quarter loss of more than twenty billion dollars. Bp which has its headquarters here in houston recorded a full year loss of five point. Seven billion houston headquartered conaco phillips two point seven billion lost in twenty twenty demand for crude oil dried up last year after officials called for lockdowns and travel restrictions due to the pandemic and there was already a glut in domestic supply not a good equation for the industry and the news may not be much better for oil and gas so far in twenty twenty one to discuss. Why and how it may affect houston. We're joined now by energy writer lawrence steffi. Who's the managing director for thirty points strategies. A writer at large for texas monthly and columnist for energy voice dot com lauren. Good morning good morning greg. Thanks for having me glad to have you with us. The pandemic has obviously played a big role in revenue loss for many companies. How specifically has it impacted the oil and gas industry over the last year. Well i mean you just discussed the earnings numbers and i think that that's You know one of the big impacts. I mean we've had this very unique situation over the past year where we've had an environment of low prices and low demand which is really pretty unique in the history of the industry and it's It's good a lot of companies in pretty tough spot. Does it also signal what we may see as sort of the ongoing future for this industry. Yeah i think there's sort of two it you have to take in the shorter term. Prices have come back a little bit. we'll see if the industry has you know enough financial discipline to to hold the line on that But but i think in the short term you know as vaccines roll out and and more people are able to travel again. You're going to see a pretty big spike in the band. I think when you look beyond that though you have to sort of recognize what's happening in the market and basically a lot of things are moving against the oil and gas industry You know investment is moving away from fossil fuels government policy. Worldwide is moving away from fossil fuels and even consumer choices. Moving away from fossil fuels. And that's especially true when you look at things like gm's announcement to go to a zero emission sleep by twenty thirty five. You're gonna see more products available. That consumers will give consumers an alternative to oil and gas. You mentioned government policy. How might the biden administration help or hinder efforts of the big oil and gas companies to balanced back in the coming year. Well i think you know. The biden administration has made it very clear that they want to pull us into greener energy future. Which is fine. Where i think they're being disingenuous. Is that for for many years now. Democrats have touted. You know the idea of green jobs as being replacement for jobs will be lost in the world gas industry and i think that's really You know just not accurate. I mean there's no way you're gonna replace the number of jobs you're gonna lose You know if you just think about it. It takes fewer people. To maintain a windmill does oil rig. And so you know some of those those jobs especially on the frontlines the gas industry or not coming back And that's important because those are high paying jobs. I mean it's one of the few areas in the united states where somebody with a high school. Education can still make a six figure incomes. So those are gonna be tough jobs to replace. I think the democrats need to be more honest about that situation. The other side of the coin You see republicans digging in decrying the loss of jobs that are gonna come from these policies but you know we've lost sixty thousand jobs in texas in the oil industry in less than a year And there hasn't been a lot of leadership on the republican side. We're how we're gonna manage this transition. So i think both sides need to provide some leadership and start and stop throwing around you know ideology and And actually try to try to offer some concrete solutions for the people that will be most
Hit by pandemic, oil giants Exxon, BP post huge 2020 losses
"Its first annual loss and 40 years. Jason Brooks explain pandemic devastated global oil demand and Exxon paid a heavy price. Hasn't lost more than $22 billion in 2020, its first annual loss as a public company. That compares to Exxon, making a profit of more than $14 billion in 2019. Other global oil giants have also posted big losses, with BP reporting its first annual loss in a decade at $5.7 billion
"bp" Discussed on Business Wars Daily
"Somebody had to go I. . It's no surprise that Covid Nineteen Delta Draconian blow to the oil and gas industry stay at home orders and line shutdowns of dramatically reduced the need for oil and gas prices and earnings plunged well. Now . at least one giant oil company says demand for fossil fuels will never be the same again and it's taking steps not just to pivot, , but to make itself over entirely. . That business is BP the london-based behemoth last week, , the one, , hundred, , ten year, , old company announced a seventeen billion dollar quarterly loss and multibillion dollar writedown of its assets. . But what generated headlines was its announcement that over the next decade, , it intends to discard its identity as a fossil fuel business. . Instead, , it'll invest heavily in a wide variety of renewable energy technologies on its way to achieving net zero emissions by twenty fifty. . Specifically bb says it will cut oil and gas production by forty percent over the next decade. . At the same time, , it plans to put ten times as much money into renewable energy investments as it currently does with a goal of investing five billion dollars a year by twenty thirty bio-energy hydrogen, , carbon, , capture and storage investments in electric vehicle charging stations are all said to be on the menu as our wind and solar. . From. . A business perspective the move does make some sense BP expects demand for oil to fall between fifty and seventy five percent over the next thirty years as the world attempts to slow global warming. . In June BP officials acknowledged that the pain caused to the oil business by the pandemic isn't temporary. . It's permanent. . They say in a statement, , they said covid nineteen would accelerate an existing transition to a lower carbon economy as country seek to quote, , build back better meaning in ways less harmful to the environment. . The shift is taking a toll on BP's employees. . The company announced in June that it plans to lay off ten thousand people. . BP's dismal second quarter didn't seem to faze investors instead they embrace the company's new renewable energy shift its share price leapt seven percent on the news stuart joyner an analyst at the market research firm redburn remarked that the move was major positive, , thoughtful, , and largely unexpected the New York Times reported. . Unexpected too many perhaps, , but close observers of the company may not have been that surprised. . BP has spent the last decade clawing back from its disastrous deepwater horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. . For obvious reasons, , the company hasn't exactly been a darling of environmentalists, , but quickly after becoming CEO in February Bernard Looney made a pledge for BP to achieve net zero emissions by twenty fifty it was the first of giant global oil companies to do so. . At the time both socially conscious and traditional investors applauded BP's pledge Andrew Logan and oil and gas director at series a climate change advocacy organization said EP was setting a new standard for leadership in the oil industry CNN reported and Barclays analysts called the plan both fundamental and radical. . Last week. . Looney. said . in a statement quote. . This coming decade is critical for the world in the fight against climate change and to drive the necessary change in global energy systems will require action from everyone but so far oil giants. . Exxon and Chevron have not followed suit indeed mobile continues to expand oil exploration and production around the world despite its own sharp drop in earnings. . The Washington Post reported BP has attempted and failed at other eco, , friendly initiatives over the years and BP will continue to invest in and make most of its money from fossil fuels for at least another five years. . Still observers agree that this is the company's most transformative move yet, , and the realities of business may give BP's ecoconscious strategy more momentum than has existed in the past. . As reporter Steven muffs wrote in. . The Washington Post for. . BP. . Is trying to get ahead of what climate change might forced the industry to do. . Anyway. .
"bp" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Modem to another edition of breakpoint this week. I'm Shane, Morris here with John Stonestreet to explore the stories of the week from a Christian Worldview, perspective and John the. Top story of this week was unquestionably. The call, going up nationwide in the wake of protests and riots to de-fund the police, or even to abolish the police as some have it. Yeah, it's a heck of a way to begin by saying. It's young question story of the week because there was a lot of stories this week, there were a lot of out of them that continue from previous weeks. Even as we record this. The day we record this year on Thursday lots of reports of coronavirus spikes again desperately impacted the market on Thursday that dropped about I. Think Seventeen hundred points one of the largest drops. One day drops. There's a lot going on and yet this is really a fascinating development. What started as? Protest with a mantra I can't breathe, which was of course, the last words of George Floyd to the people who killed him now has turned into a cry of defunding police or abolish the police. Major. Shapeless Police Department where this is sort of the epicenter of the whole thing, actually pledged on Sunday to dismantle their police department, promising a whole new system right, and then in Seattle, you actually had police forces standing down as A. Left leaning force. Kinda takes over downtown. Right and we'll talk about Chaz in a minute. You might have to introduce that I. mean you know it's interesting because I think this falls into the category of when somebody says defend the police the first time we have to ask as well. What do you mean by that, I mean? Do you mean when the Minnesota or Minneapolis City Council and especially the spokesperson who? Answered a question this week by saying the ability to call the police of white privilege. Is that what remain or do we mean? What happened in new? Jersey right What's the town in New Jersey? Canton New Jersey right? Where essentially didn't defined sense of abolish but they? Basically took out the structure that was there and replaced it with better structure and we. We've seen remarkable police reform in cities around the country, maybe not necessarily as dramatic as all that, but the difference and some people. That's what they mean by defined. Defined this aspect or defend this aspect demilitarized, or does it mean what we saw Seattle which is a developing story and I don't even know what to say about it. Other than it just seems to get kind crazier and crazier, there and government officials who have allowed kind of that lawlessness to have a presence for a wild scene. Pretty powerless or unwilling to do anything about that. You're the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. I'm just expecting the guillotine, so show up Laghi eighteen to show up any second round. You WanNa start seeing les MIS songs, but this isn't exactly the same thing. Tell people about that, though because I don't know if everyone knows maybe by now, they do, but this bizarre and. Washington Washington protesters have cordoned off this area. Around Capitol, Hill with barricades and are calling it. The Capitol Hill Autonomous, owner Chas for short then they say they plan to stay. Until this list of demands are met including defunding in abolishing the police department, and by that they really mean it literally. They're not using it as sort of code for something else..
"bp" Discussed on AP News
"Energy company BP says its global work force will be triggered by 10000 jobs as a coach with 19 pandemic slams the oil and gas world B. pieces the 10000 roles to be axed will be office based ones the company's caught what fools these 70000 the changes are expected to significantly impact senior levels cutting the number of group leaders by third the job cuts come amid big shifts at BP the energy John wants to eliminate to offset all carbon emissions from its operations in the oil and gas it sells to customers by 2050 an ambitious target bonus of pressure to help combat climate change and keep making money Charles the live this month London
"bp" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"I'm going to turn around and make you answer some of these questions I get to read these questions, John and I just oftentimes just keep the wording because it makes you squirm so much. Switch you in the hot seat and you have to I see this conferences though too when you come up lineup, and there's questions and I don't know how you do it. Because people want you to explain the problem of evil and suffering and quick soundbite, and it's like what can I have some prep time for that, but I do. chuckles in and Ravi Zachariah. I've already okay before they passed away and it's just what you do well. If that's what you do, then I can probably get that down. Just memorize some good chunks of both of their books. We get questions from our listeners here and we're getting quite a few now, and they're exciting questions. Good questions they stretch us and make. Make us. Talk and think about things that we may not otherwise talk and thinking about many of them are of course responses to commentaries that we've done and to podcast interviews that we've done, and we've got one here. That is gonNA. Probably ruffle some feathers on both sides. No matter what we say and I'm just GONNA. Read it here for John. Our listener says I saw president trump. Hold up the Bible in front of the cameras and you say that when he did that, he was using it as a prop. Isn't that just your opinion? Do you know what's in his heart? And Mind and soul? What was in his heart and mind when he did that I found disappointing that you singled him out. That is not what we're called to do. Well this is in response to a commentary. I did on Wednesday entitled don't use the Bible as the Bible is not a prop I think is what we called it, and we'll link to it, and people can read it in its entirety and again. I, you know. Nobody else had a hand in this one. This was completely mine and I'll be happy to to own it off. And this was a question that we got probably from five or six people in different way since so we could have picked five or six different questions like this and many of them did refer to that. Had what was in his heart and soul, and let me hit this a couple of different ways. The first thing is is I didn't assume in my thinking of this or the commentary that I did know what was in his heart and soul, and there's is a mistake. I think we make when we assume that if somebody has good intention than the outcome, therefore is somehow justified at the behavior, somehow justified, and that's not true. You can have every good intention in the world and still use the Bible as a prop I. Think I've been guilty of doing that on Sunday mornings preaching or probably you know trying to correct my kids and use a Bible verse for a little extra. Leverage point so intention is not something that I was addressing, and we'll also mentioned a little bit that i. don't know what was in his heart and soul, and neither does anyone who is defending the president and what he did. We don't know neither one of us do, and so it's not necessarily a fair thing to say that I assume bad motives, and that's not okay..
"bp" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Is break point this week. A weekly briefing on faith culture worldview and mission with John Stonestreet President of the Colson Center for Christian worldview. The breakpoint this week. I'm Shane Morris here with John Stonestreet to talk about the stories of the week from Christian worldview perspective and John With my governor Rhonda Santa's laying out a plan to reopen the state in stages and many other states doing something similar. There seems to be light at the end of this tunnel. Doesn't there but of course you know even though cove nineteen will be with. Us months succumb that leaves us contemplating what America looks like after the corona virus after the lockdowns man. Well it's an interesting thing to see and of course in the sense it's a big experiment the gradual openings up. Don't look the same across the United States. Which in one sense makes sense given the different infection rates in the different kinds of demographics and the different kinds of social densities? But you also have very different ideas about this. And we're seeing this kind of Governor Governor. Who's fascinating article in? The Wall Street Journal written by a guy that I actually know a senator state senator from the State of Illinois arguing that governors have had unchecked power in this whole thing in legislators have actually been able to speak to that and that. That's actually a violation of the balance of power and of course he's talking in Illinois and that is one of those states where there's been some very very interesting policies and not to mention places like Michigan and in these places are just different than other states within those states. You have Chicago and everywhere else. In Illinois within Michigan you have Detroit and everywhere else in Michigan and these are very very difficult decisions. I mean the Governor of Michigan tells people they can't go visit their second home which is literally you half of Michigan. That has a place up by you. Know they all say up north right where there's no right. Yeah you got to do the Oven Mitt. And it's up here at the top side. Forget how to do the well. It's not just the upper peninsula. I mean seriously it's anything north of you. It could be three miles and it's still. We're going up north to the lake house sort of gets right. Michigan's a great culture. So but you know when you had governor. New Southern California Good Heavens you know basically as a It was almost as if as punishment we're going to close all the beaches again. You know this weekend and you'd city by city now you have mayor saying no. You're not you can't do that. And you know this is going to be a stumbling way forward. And of course the other wildcard chain is no one really knows what the market forces are going to do on this and other words. Disneyworld can reopen in your state. What does it look like to stand six feet apart in a line for Space Mountain? You know who knows John? Would this sort of thing happening? I you know. I often think that there were states. Between the two coasts that in essence already had social distancing right their way of life was much more distant than the coastal cities and so. I wonder about the wisdom of a sort of one-size-fits-all approach and I think that's been the source of a lot of frustration as we reach the hopefully the end of this thing. I also think we're We're looking now at a new cycle. That's going to shift to what happens after the lockdown ends and of course the thing that immediately came to mind when you and I were talking just for the program were the accusations against Joe Biden and the presidential campaign. That's just now heating up right. There's a presidential campaign. Anybody right get go by this time in every year that I can remember every election year. That is it was non-stop wall to wall total coverage of the presidential campaign in the beginning of the year. Now I've heard virtually nothing about it except for these allegations and we've been hearing about the allegations against Joe Biden going back to about nineteen ninety-three for a while now but we have more specifics this week. And that SORTA GONNA change the picture a little bit and Joe Biden has also openly denied them. So he's for the first time broken. His silence address them. What do you think that's going to look like well? That's what happened Friday morning and it did take over the new cycle you know and again there's been very little that has been able to take over the news cycle in terms of you know these sorts of election in the appearances that former. Vice President Biden has made during these Lockdown Times have been a mixed bag of kind of. I'm not sure he's all there and he seems a little disoriented and he certainly hasn't been able to draw the crowds and so on but on the flip side president trump has been able to do his rallies. And that's the big source of so much of his support and we saw in the early days of his daily press briefing something of his approval rating going up and then going back down again With a series of missteps by him and some of his people as well were just things that were easily seized upon by the media. Of course we talk about things like approval numbers in the polls were so wrong in two thousand and sixteen. You know. It's very interesting thing. I I'm not sure anyone's GonNa know going into November really where we're at I don't think the poll processes that we actually have in place that people actually use organizations actually US really get to the heart of where people are particularly fly over country particularly you know a whole generation of people who no longer have things called phones that are plugged into the wall. You know our dental have a home phone anymore. I. There's just a lot of problems with the polling process. So you put all that together and what's the answer I don't know but these allegations are big story. And they're a big story for a number of reasons number one is we've had now for years. A culture wide reckoning sexual harassment with sexual harassment. Sexual abuse with bad actors in the past and not even bad actors although specifically we need to point them out but a culture in which sexuality was promoted and this was kind of in the kind of the high wave of the sexual revolution and women were actively encouraged to behave a particular way and it went way beyond any sort of morality or comfort level. It gave men get out of jail free card for a really long time. It was a confusion of the whole thing that we were saying. Add that to Minson nature and their propensity towards lost and power. And you have a big mess and that mess now is being exposed. We have You know as Ed Stetzer used to say the light is shining in the cockroaches. Scurrying and when you have something like this. There's going to be true accusations mixed with false accusations. The fall doesn't just affect men. We clearly see that it does. It also affects women and there are women who I think were victimized felt obligated to go along with it and that's what's so hard. I mean now we have happening on both sides of the aisle. Well that's what you see with. The allegations emerging now is that something has changed in the culture. Something has enabled women to come forward for the first time. And and that's and that's that's a very very important thing because that wasn't actually a of the experience of you know for a long time. No no exactly now. John What's emerging? I think is the the double standard? I pointed this out on social media yesterday and took a lot of people off but when we hear allegations from the other side of the aisle. We're very very prone to believe them. You know we just immediately want to take them seriously when we hear them from our side of the aisle were much less prone to believe them. It seems like both sides of the aisle really guilty of not being willing to apply the same standard of proof right when we're dealing with a Republican Supreme Court nominee We have a very different set of reactions from the left than we do. When we're dealing with a Democratic presidential contender and the same thing I think goes for Many of those on the right this very seriously. It's a version of what we called in our same sex marriage book. The drunk uncle problem right. It's like if someone's to the left of you they're evil someone's to the right of the part of the family but it's a little bit different than that too because it also has to do with believability and this has to get to the heart. I take us back to the heart of the Christian worldview Shannon only way forward in this is not for us to sit in armchairs and say. Here's exactly what happened in that Senate hallway where a terrorist is accusing the former vice president of and it wasn't just Harassment accusations cross and all. Yeah Yeah and what we need to go back to. Is this clear framework of the fall. That the bad guys aren't just those on the other side of the aisle and the good guys aren't just those on our side of the aisle were all affected on the fall. And and this. I've said this before I'm GonNa say it again. I imagine I'm going to say seven more times between now and the election. The Guy we all need to read right now as Alexander Solzhenitsyn who himself was not a flawless individual but at one of the great Russian writers of the last generation and he has this remarkable line and it is just this clarifying point that the line of good and evil does not pass between nations or people groups at does not pass between political parties. Didn't say that but I'll add it. It runs right down the middle of the human heart. And if we don't all think that the capacity for sin and for violating the dignity of other people and by the way if and this is what's really hard to say because one of the things that's tripping the those on the Left Upright now is the way that they talked during the cavenaugh hearings was every woman should be believed in her accusations. I just on the accusations. Just you know through for Substantiation Right. And isn't there are reasons that every woman should be taken seriously in their accusations. Number one is because we live in a fallen world number-two because men can be scum and number three because we know we were in a culture like that just yesterday right so the accusations should absolutely be taken seriously. But the line of good and evil doesn't draw between men and women either right where men are the bad actors and women will never use these things to alleviate guilt or to pass their power. And I'm not saying this happened in any of these cases. I'm not saying it's happened in the cavenaugh situation and with President Trump's accusers or with Vice President Biden's accusers. I'm not saying any of that. I'm just saying Clarence Thomas we do. We do right point now where it. That's very tough where we cannot know with certainty what happened. You know twenty thirty forty years ago. In these instances we have to apply standard of proof and then if that if accusations failed to meet the standard of proof then we have to assume innocence. That's kind of what our justice system is based on. Yeah well look. I think all of this has something to do as well with how we approach politics right now. I think there are time periods in history where you can kind of live off of the great individual thesis in other words where you're in sort of culture that produces great men and great women and those great men and great women can be followed. This is by the way back to Sultan. It's in only this time in a world apart. His speech at Harvard University and which he said that a sign of decaying culture is a lack of great statesman so you enter into cultural moments. Where cultures aren't producing great men in great women in the same sort of sense and so how you engage those leaders how you follow those leaders how you take those leader seriously how you live..
"bp" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Of books and other resources and you can find links to our social media sites like facebook and twitter. We're back on breakpoint this week. Talking about the stories of the week from a Christian worldview perspective and John. What are the stories that really caught my attention? This week was the bazaar reaction to I think one of the most beautiful and effective displays of Christian outreach and charity in the midst of the corona virus outbreak and that's the ministry Samaritan's purse which set up a hospital temporary sixty bed hospital in central. Part with respirator. Units to treat those who have overflowed from the hospital there in New York. And you'd think you know this is a great thing this is going to be a huge boon for the sick in New York where it's one of the hardest hit areas of the country and yet the response has been from. Several quarters has been to question whether this ministry is up to snuff because it could discriminate or offer subpar care to lgbt individuals and so forth. So they're worried about bigotry on the part Samaritan purse. The probably the worst reaction came from Mayor de Blasio of New York who said that basically bought into the rhetoric. This is a Christian extremist group. And said he's going to be. His office is going to be keeping a close eye on them to make sure they're not discriminating against patients. And then we saw this op. Ed also by Catherine Stewart on March twenty seventh in the Times more or less blaming Christians Evangelical Christians for the extent of the corona virus outbreak. And that's what I meant at the beginning of the show here with looking for scapegoats and it was truly one of the worst pieces I've ever read in the pages of the Times. I mean it was effectively taken apart. I think by folks on the family that was a great response. And we'll link that in our show notes but some of the worst lines for it. We're actually the subtitle there. Rather the original title was the road to Corona Virus. Hell was paved by evangelical. The title was later changed to make it a little less extreme but the peace leans heavily on this charged that evangelicals deny science and the evidence that Stewart uses for this charges that apparently several top members of the administration in the health officials in the trump administration. I tend to Bible study. And that's the that's the I mean it's really really just slow. It is and I'm GonNa let you take part. Some of the history of you know science and those who attend Bible Studies a little bit later but no really is an amazing thing. Our friend Eric taxes actually posted on his social media as well as other places willing to this as well where he took his His job socially distance down towards Central Park and actually got a tour through this new hospital from Samaritan's purse and complete with mask and they were describing what it was that they were bringing to the city. I mean this is a place completely dedicated to treating not only Kobe. Nineteen patients but really bad off cove in one thousand nine patients. I think was something like four. Icu units within this big old tent that they set up right there in the middle of Central Park and they're working directly with the local hospital on the care and sharing of resources. And so on. And you know what this is of course not Samaritan hearses first Rodeo epidemics. I saw just a wonderful comment this past week. I'm trying to remember where it was. I think it was somebody who had kind of collected. You know how Christians can respond know a set of different voices and one of them was my friend David Stevens the former. Ceo and president of the Christian medical and Dental Association. I think is what is the FDA? And so what he talked about was the experience that they've had around the world dealing with pandemics this past week we Checked in on our friends who are refugees from Burundi? And it's a couple that basically grew up in a refugee camp because Barundi kind of received the wake of the Rwandan genocide. And we're just checking on them and really wanted to ask if they were afraid and as soon as we said that we kind of realized they dealt with pandemic outbreaks and cholera. Whatever else you know. This is in other words around the world. This sort of thing is not completely unheard of. And you know what who's always? There is Christians. Right and Samaritan's purse has been at the forefront of this one of the things that I saw in this video with Eric and the field director of the Samaritan Hospital was how they were applying lessons. They learned from the Abullah outbreak. And of course our former colleague Warren Smith. How many times did he talk about? What how Samaritan's purse had effectively run into the ABOL outbreak? How they had dealt with it how they actually had seen it all the way through care for patients and so on and so in other words. They're taking lessons. Learned FROM AFRICA WITH BOLA applying it to New York City with the corona virus. Mrs To be clear. The organization that the daily Beast referred to as having a spotty record a spotty record air. Their record is certainly better than the federal government. And let me just say this. Do you know how many times they've refused to treat a single? Lgbt person Never Never San with the Salvation Army. It's the same thing now. It's exactly right and what we're dealing with here is two things first of all what we're dealing with is to. Thanks first of all none of this is based on any cases of discrimination ever except in hiring and the statement of belief that the organization has in other words a Christian organization expects to be Christian by the way a Buddhist organization expects to be Buddhist and an atheist organization expects to be atheists apparently colleges and universities across America and mostly the New York Times with some very rare exceptions expect their employees to be all progressive. So this is the kind of thing that we have going on. The second thing though that is going on is how forced on reality the LGBT movement has always been and is becoming look. We've talked about this this past week and it was amazing that this story popped up during the same day by the way that our break point went out. We were talking there about the outcry that gender transitioning surgeries which are called by many gender affirming surgeries. Which is a really strange title for something that actually firm your gender by cutting organs but yeah cutting up perfectly healthy body parts. I mean so in other words anyway. That's another commentary that we already did. So this commentary was about this cry about that. This is d noni central you know what else was deemed non-essential colonoscopy which could actually you know point out colon cancer and save a life and when you read this article which I think was advised. It just seems so out of touch in our book on. Worldview Bill Brown our Dean of the Colson fellows myself Gary Phillips we use a test world we call the test of the real world because sometimes ideas look really good on paper you know like Communism and they look really compassionate on paper you know like Communism but then they actually get carried out and they slaughter you know one hundred million people in a century. This is one of those ideas the LGBT IDEA. Which looks you might look good on paper. Might look whatever but when you kind of apply it in the real world particularly the real world of crisis it just comes across as petty. It just comes across as you know. Get Out of the way I love. What Catholic writer Peter Hassan Assan? Yeah Yeah on twitter. If you're getting mad at the people taking care of the sick during a pandemic maybe. She considered the fact. You're not the good guy in the story. It reminds me of that Mitchell and Webb sketch. Where they're the SS soldiers on the front line in World War. Two and they're sitting there watching the advance of the Soviets and one of them goes up to their hands. Have you noticed? We've got skull caps a we the bodies and then they have this whole discussion about whether they're the bad guys are not. Yes if you're questioning the healthcare during a pandemic by this charitable organization setting up shop in Central Park. You need to think about whether maybe you're the baddies. Yeah well we have stories. Not just the Samaritan's purse as good as it gets. You can also talk about convoy of hope and and others to mobilizing help usually in a more efficient way cheaper way and a more effective way than the government and at the same time working with the government right. I mean. We've seen this natural disasters as well but we also see individual Christians kind of doing amazing things and this is not to say we're doing enough This is not to say. We're always saying the right things on twitter. What this is to say is is that this is a call. The Christian message and mission is outward and I'm wrestling with this week as we enter. Holy week next week right. I mean Sundays Palm Sunday. Which is hard right. I mean is it palm Sunday. Yeah it really is right. It's always hard for me to believe because it snowed last night here in Colorado right. That doesn't seem right for almost Easter but also because these are days that are not supposed to be done alone. This is not the way it's supposed to be and we can acknowledge that in at the same time say look there churches. W- let's talk about The Mega Church and Oklahoma. That after it's driving service which is one of the innovations you know is giving away groceries. Let's talk it was really funny by the way John. If you haven't seen video of it or the pictures the pastor is up on a scissor lift in the sky with this whole parking lot full of cars and when he makes a good point instead of saying Amen. People honked their horns. Oh my goodness this is like this is like a class. I taught this week. Were the chat feature was open and that the chat during a class of all most high school there's just graduated high schoolers completely gets out of control. Actually my daughter. Who's in Middle School said that the teacher hers him class left the Chat Feature Open? And it was you know middle school girls and boys so they just kind of writing high a million times in the chat box and of course we have to talk about or at least mentioned given honorable mention to the mini videos coming out of zoom meetings from businesses where somebody stands up at the end of the meeting and in their boxer shorts. Oh listen doesn't realize the camera still rolling that this and this might be the best thing to come out of this whole tragedy was. Is these videos that are going to make us laugh for years to come. You just have those so many things that can go wrong on Zoom. Which were all using a Greg Laurie? To another great story. There has turned his church parking lot into a virus test site. There's also a story of one of the biggest churches in Alabama. Doing the same thing and look. We're talking about big churches because big churches get these big headlines just like the Tampa Church you know is a big church that refused to close his doors or the other church. That's planning a Woodstock Style Easter Service and again. This is not wise. And so that's why we say look you can be wise and not give up your freedom but be spider sense wary about it and these are the big churches. The reality is is across America. There are hundreds and thousands of small churches and there are millions of Christians who are looking after their neighbor trying to do the right thing and really millions of Americans. I was also struck this week to Shane is that we're also seeing something during this time. Which is a result of the freedoms that we have that. We don't want to give up and we ought not give up is the sort of Ingenuity that comes out of times like this that reflects the image of God and so many different brains people that can solve problems companies turning on a dime to manufacture masks. Mit engineers posting free plans for how to turn normal hospital supplies into ventilators. This is really amazing stuff. You don't want to get me on the capitalism rant. This is the wonder of capitalism. Right here the free market comes through. Well Yeah I mean. The the supply chains are still there. I was talking with Aaron and Ohio. Talking about look you know. We don't want to be in this time. We don't want to go through this time but I'll tell you what we're going through a time at a better time then a whole lot of other people who have had to go through this time you know what I mean and in other words this reminds me of something that I think it's sorts. Rostow has the new book about the Decadent Society and the way he defines decadence is more or less sort of a inert society. That's too lazy into it's just impervious to the desire to do anything or actually pursue noble ends and I'm watching this. I wonder if in the aftermath of something like Corona virus epidemic. If much of our decadence will not have been revealed for what it is. We'll realize that this is what a real problem is C. S. Lewis made this remark. I think there's in this letters where he said that five minutes toothache would reveal for a man how silly his imaginary woes really are. And what we're having right now I mean not to minimize the fact that people are dying but this is that five minutes of toothache. This is that moment I think when we put could potentially realize what a real problem looks like what real suffering looks like and then as the church come through and show what a real answer to suffering looks like and I think we're we're seeing that it's exciting and it's just a blessing to see..
"bp" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Click on the banner for the show and will link you to everything that John mentioned today. John we have another story here on the religious freedom and sexual revolution front where the former Vice President Joe Biden is. He's rolled out his lgbt rights. Plan which would more or less reverse pretty much everything that's happened in recent years under the trump administration and then advanced the so-called Equality Act. Which was we've talked about before on breakpoint would more or less steamroll. Nedeli religious liberty but women's sports a whole slew of other issues there. So I if this is related to another story and Canada where the Government. There is proposing a very similar set of measures especially a ban on so-called conversion therapy. Yeah look this is Probably is should be fought under the elections have consequences You know sort of a banner I mean look and I say this on two levels number one is I think people have a pretty short memory. People forget the sort of pressure that was being put on religious communities and was really being supported That pressure was being supported at the federal level for talking about what was happening to Jack Phillips from Colorado Civil Rights Commission and that was kind of went from being kind of national pressure to kind of a local irritant even though they haven't gone away. But you remember the dear colleague letter. When President Obama sent a letter to every educator in America saying you know look. We need integrate restrooms. And by the way I might just tie titled Nine Entitled Seven Funding To this. This is not a small thing and the reversals. That have taken place have been dramatic and basically gone from making lgbt Q. Writes the kind of the lead headline on all domestic and foreign policy initiatives to basically Kind of calming down and creating space for people of conscience to continue to work in the federal government. Continue to work at education. Continue to work in sports and so on and so on and so on not bring this up to say look in other words the advances that we've had or the reversals that we've had really kind of get back to somewhat of a normal status quo. These things are not written in stone. These are not enshrined in a Supreme Court decision or a con congressional piece of legislation and also is that for a second just to remind people how dramatically different it was under the last president. Particularly for those who can't seem to understand why anyone could be a pro-trump evangelical. I'm not letting anybody off the hook. Who OF UNDER STATE? You know moral problems that this president has had. We've tried to call balls and strikes. We tried to say it as it actually is but what we need to remember is is that The particularly candidates for president come with a whole network of people and policy initiatives in these things matter. And we've seen that they kind of dramatically matter and let me just remind you if you re through Joe Biden's promises to the LGBTQ COMMUNITY. Now we all know that. There's a huge difference between what a candidate promises and what president delivers so. Let's keep that in mind that said Look this is not. Just life under President Obama's initiatives again. This is actually taking this even further the equality act enshrines Sexual choices and sexual confusions in the Civil Rights. Act This is no small thing and that's what he's promising to pass your Christmas list of. Lgbt legislation this is the big one. This is the gift that they've wanted for years and years and had been pressing for it and Joe Biden's promising if he's elected president to give it to them. He's that's what he's promising. And you know look we can also go into what's being promised When it comes to Abortion what's being promised to abortion providers. What's being promised to those who are run? Pro-life clinics and the onerous regulations. That states like California New York have put on them not to mention freeing-up abortion all the way up to birth. And maybe if you listen to the Governor Virginia after birth these are not small things. This is what kind of falls into. The category of elections have consequences and candidates. Come with a whole team of people. I mean we've talked about this recently. Shane the health and Human Human Services Department. Hhs At like it is a different day the Ninth Circuit Court. It's a completely different day. So look these things matter and they matter pretty dramatically and just ahead off one of the objections that you often hear John is that this is not a solely selfish complaint. This is not a bunch of Christian saying well we'RE GONNA lose our our privilege. Status are special status in the culture. We're talking about victims here John. We're talking about the unborn. We're talking about those who are swept along in this sexual rights tidal wave and end up believing lies that ruined their whole lives. We just did a commentary this past week on the growing group of so called D. transitions in the UK. And the United States. These are these are people who have believed the idea that they're going to solve all their problems by getting gender transition therapies whether chemical or surgical and then they get to the end of it and they realize what did I do. I've ruined my life now. I've messed up my body. And if they want someone to answer for a lot of cases they were genuinely manipulated like this one woman particular who's suing the British health service for not intervening because she was transition does a minor. These are the kinds of things that were were talking about their real victims to these bad ideas. And it's not just that we're is important. Religious Liberty is. That's far from the only thing we're trying to protect here. Also trying to protect those who are too vulnerable to resist the ideology. Yeah and this is all part of the confusion. That's created from the sexual revolution You know there were more videos by the way speaking of confusions at the hands of the sexual revolution where more videos is this week. Going around of Hollywood praising The most notorious Abuser of women in the world in America certainly had a Hollywood Harvey Weinstein who this year was sentenced to twenty three years for his crimes You know so far. The the biggest target of the movement and the biggest win I think for me too movement in terms of exposing the powerful perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment against women and this kind of underscores the confusion of how women have been told to behave in Hollywood and then when they do it's being used against them in ways to get roles and so on and Weinstein was the master of this and abused women in ways that impacted them for the rest of their lives. It's kind of a you know the next chapter of kind of the great reckoning that we're dealing with yeah John. This is more an died of more than Harvey Weinstein. Watch this thing unfold over the last couple of years. I watched colleagues and actors joke about Weinstein's reputation Hollywood colleagues and actors of his. I watched Ricky Gervais. Call them out all of them at the Golden Globes. It's obvious that Weinstein as guilty as he is and as much as he deserves. This has become something of a scapegoat for the industry one of the defining features. I think the sexual abuse scandals whether we're talking about Hollywood or the boy scouts or the Olympics or the Catholic Church has been this complicity has been the the silence of those who should have spoken up who should have said something on behalf of victims. We talked a few years ago about at one of our wilberforce weekend conferences about the theme of breaking the spiral of silence. And the idea. Was that the more people who decide to keep quiet when they should speak up and to keep their lips zipped when they should you know open them betty. Is that the more people who keep quiet who should speak up the harder. It is then for someone to finally speak up the harder it is then for a Rachel denhellender to come forward and say something happened here. That is not okay and a lot of people know about it. And I'm the first one who's GonNa say something about this. So Yeah Harvey Weinstein's being locked up and that's a good thing but that doesn't mean the rot is contained. The entire industry has been complicit in this for very long not just that industry but a lot of other areas. That's what the METOO movement however imperfectly. I think is trying to address. Yeah I mean when you when you expose an evil that evil then it's going to be messy and there's no way around it. There's only a way through it and we can talk about Hollywood but we also know that this is something that has long been hidden in order to protect institutions That are Christian. Whether Christian Schools Christian churches are so I spoke to a Christian community last weekend. Shane and I won't say which one it is but a pretty conservative Christian community in that question was asked. How do we empower young women? Kind of the face of the you know the Sexual Revolution. One of the things that we said and particularly for this community that has pretty a pretty traditional understanding of women in society and and even in subcultures and so on just to say look this has been hidden for so long and when it comes up at threatens the community because it threatens the community. Then it's the spiral of silence gets really forced down on that and I'm really grateful. I recommended Rachel denhellender a book as well and I again. This is opened up a big can of worms and there's innocent people being accused. But there's a whole lot of cockroaches that are scurrying and it's just GonNa be messy and you know my advice for this community was don't protect the community at the expense of individual. Don't protect the industry at the expense of individual. Don't shove this evil into the closet. The day after the boys revealed even if it hurts more is better than the day before when it still hidden. And you know this is kind of the Christian vision of evil is that it's dealt with. Its confronted it's not swept under the rug it's not hidden and so on and it makes it really hard. I tell you one of the hard things about watching this as an uncertain church communities the right now being willing to call this out and being willing to own up to it is kind of being acquainted with being a liberal. Listen there's plenty of theological and church liberalism to deal with when it comes to doctrine when it comes to sexuality when it comes to Beijing's but you know what dealing with perpetrators because their perpetrators dealing with those who did height sweep it under the rug. Instead of dealing with in order to protect their institutions is messy stuff. But what are you talking about? The alternative is to sacrifice a child to sacrifice a woman to sacrifice in image bearer on the altar of our institutions. Then inau go back to C. S. LEWIS. Since we started with him will end with him. You know in that is that you know. Cultures Art Civilizations are mortal but every single person you have ever met is immortal and we don't sacrifice the immortal on the altar of the mortal John this story. I want to get to today before we close the Associated Press reports that federal judges on Wednesday grilled attorneys on both sides of an Ohio Law. That would saddle doctors with a felony charge if they performed abortions aimed at preventing the birth of a baby with down syndrome Jesse Hill who's an attorney for the ACLU said that this law seeks to unconstitutionally take the ultimate decision on abortion away from a woman away from a mother. Benjamin flowers whose Ohio's solicitor general is on the side of the law defending it says Rather that it seeks to prevent abortions that target and discriminate against those with down syndrome which would send them a message. He said that doctors and parents don't think people like you are as valuable as others. And I'll tell you what this ban I think is more useful potentially as a way of exposing abortions logic than it is as a way of actually saving lives and let me. Let me explain that real quickly. This is a kind of a counter intuitive approach because I do support the band and I hope it holds up in an increasingly. Thank God conservative judiciary here but I also don't think that given current legal premises and precedent. It really has a leg to stand on. If a woman's got a right to kill an otherwise healthy baby because it's unwanted and she's it's very hard to make the case that she doesn't have a right to kill a baby who's diagnosed with Down Syndrome in the womb..
"bp" Discussed on The Energy Gang
"And that's the part that I think I still struggle with. Which is that when you look at their their wind and solar investments their pedestrian right. You're talking about investments next era or other people would have made if bp weren't making them. And so I haven't seen them really flexible muscles and say here's how we can make a much higher rate of return in clean energy for our investors with the special powers that we have within the company. And that's I think what it's going to take to make this shift successful yet. Seems like Looney is being given some bandwidth to do that. Though it just seems like the shareholders are giving him and they're bored or giving them for him some permission to try this. Yeah I totally agree with you. I just when I talk to people within BP or Shell and we're actively talking to them all the time at generate just because our businesses overlap in the sense that shall is like the second largest electronically traitor in the United States right. Mvp's one of the largest gas traders in the states and so we talked to them for other reasons. The challenge I find is that their capacity for risk outside of the oil and gas exploration business is zero. There are literally always trying to eliminate risk in gas trading etc. When you ask them would you be willing to take a tenure? Look on what is going to happen to low carbon fuel standard credits in California so that we can get low cost debt on our project. They're like oh no. We can only look out a year. Maybe two years maybe three years right and so it's actually other people. They're innovating its shell. They're innovating on these types of products. But it's those products where they are uniquely knowledgeable enough to make thirty percent returns in making the market right and I just don't see how their investors are going to tolerate the move to clean energy if they're investing in seven percent return six percent return solar and gas solar and wind projects. Let's talk about the cultural backdrop. Now which I think is really important Jim Cramer. Who is this prominent? Cnbc an host of mad money Recently he's had a he's had a number of shows or he's he's told people to dump oil and gas stocks and he said in a recent show that he won't recommend oil stocks anymore and he got a bunch of pushback and here is what he said about why. He's making that recommendation. I know lots of oil executive unhappy with my stance that I think that these are on the other side of history. Speak but remember. I'm not about making friends in the show. I'm about trying to make money and the honest truth is I don't think I can help you. Make money in the oil and gas talks anymore. They feel like a slowly melting ice cube a wasting asset that we'll have down revenues less the price of crude jumps and stays higher but after recent events. I don't know what's going to make that happen. I think this is a really big deal when this starts to move up into popular culture when someone like Jim Cramer echoes. What a capitalist Lake. Larry Fink from black. Rock says When he starts using the language of the sustainable investment movement as a mainstream investment thesis. That's really big deal. And so that has to have some pressure on the Bernard loonies of the world. Who are looking at this cultural shift and saying yes. It's about making the right investments but also the world is changing so how how big of a deal is this catherine when we hear someone like Jim Cramer get up on television and make a proclamation like this. I think we're at a shift. I really do so you think about we`re. Bp was ten years ago in two thousand ten with the deepwater horizon catastrophe and then the bottom of the pricing fell out of oil during the recession. I mean that was not when Kramer was saying. Don't invest in oil and gas. It's happening now and we're at this inflection point. I think where everyone is recognizing that investing is too risky and it's not necessarily about any of these disasters at all. This is about the future and the fact that we have solutions now that are far more cheaper and better investments. Did you get a sense? That Bernard Looney was echoing that sentiment at all in his speech. I got the sense that he's A. He's a huge supporter and fan of EP. And yet he sees he says we have to shift. We have to do this. We have to change the way we do business and change and this has to happen for the sake of the planet we. It's kind of like how I've talked about with Anheuser Busch where they've said we WANNA be selling their beer and three thousand years. I mean they WANNA be selling product in three thousand years and to do that they have to make sure the planet is still around so they really do want to shift any and his attitude was by twenty fifty. We may not be that much into oil and gas. We may not be in our traditional industry. It remains to be seen. But he wasn't saying that's what we're going to be doing by twenty fifty. He was really saying. We are shifting as a company in and it felt different. Of course the proof in the pudding jigger. What do you think it means when Jim Cramer gets up there and make statements like that and also says. Hey you know these younger money managers younger investors. They're making very conscious decisions about where to put their money. And FOR COMPANIES. That are not Figuring out how to decarbonised their businesses. They're just keeping their money out and for that reason. I am also thinking about this shift as well and in terms of where I recommend putting your money. What does that mean when when he says that so? I think Jim Cramer recognizes the way the stock market works. Right I mean. His specialty is as a technical trader right. It's not as a hedge fund manager that sort of bets on big long bets. He's really like I understand. How and why a stock price goes up and down. And he's basically saying that. The retail interest in oil and gas is an all time low in fact like there are a lot of people as you suggest who are going to Their money managers and saying I honestly don't care about your technical analysis. I don't want you to ever own any fossil fuels and these are people in their thirties or forties. Who have like taken over their families wealth and wealth decisions. And they're just saying like no like we're not gonNA invest in this stuff and I think he's noticing the fact that also that these companies have underperformed for ten years so look I think it's a watershed moment. The Jim Cramer said this on stage similar to when when Rick Santelli were shouting in two thousand. Nine you know around like mortgages and bail out of mortgages like. I think that I think this actually will have reverberating impacts for some time to come okay so my final thought on. This is peace decision not to put money into climate denial organizations. This is significant. Of course it's very hard to follow the money but my sense is that the battlefield is just shifting. We have Uk Prime Minister. Boris Johnson. Saying that he's going to be accelerating the nation's internal combustion ban we have Washington State Norway British Columbia provinces in China France. They're all instituting or considering internal combustion engine bands. We have cities throughout the United States. Starting to enact bans on natural gas connections in New Buildings so these companies that still plan to sell a lot of fossil fuels are not just going to sit down and sure they may not be funding. The most vicious climate denial organizations. But certainly they're going to be fighting this tooth and nail so. I suspect that the battle is not even close finished. I'm really interested in seeing where. Bp decides it wants to stay with the trade associations and those coalitions and where it doesn't and that should come out in the next couple of weeks or so Because there are organizations that are a little more complex like American Petroleum Institute and they have a lot of efforts to try to you know push petroleum products but they also do a lot on safety standards and you know things that are really important to employers in the industry that are separate from advocacy efforts. So there's some of those things where you know. I assume that a lot of these companies that want to shift are still going to need to be engaged for other purposes But I think what you'll see is if there is a real misalignment of the interests of these companies with efforts to you know. Try to deny that those will be ones that will be highlighted. And we'll just see how much transparency there is but it'll be interesting to see which which ones these companies decided to get out of. Yeah look I think that you have to realize just a couple of years ago. Bp spent tens of millions of dollars to kill the carbon price in Washington. State and Bob Dudley on that same podcast which as and board off like talked about why he danny thought it was unfair. And it's like goes to another place where he's tone deaf and. I think that this is where where Bernard Looney is. Basically in my opinion saying he's probably the last CEO of BP right BP's like such a weakened small company in general of the oil majors that that if they don't make this shift and if they don't make shift completely and figure out a pathway by which shareholders stretch a reward their stock they will get bought by somebody. They're not that big anymore right. I mean you're talking about trillion dollar companies with apple and Microsoft and these other things. We're arguing about fifty billion dollar companies here with BP and some of the other oil majors there are a lot of private equity firms. That could just buy them and take them private to fix them right and so I really do think. Bp's at the like at an existential crisis point and with all of these like local measures where people are trying to ban internal combustion engines. And all this stuff. They need to figure out a way for their stock price to go up. They need to figure out what product they're selling that people actually are hopeful about in the future and right now they have no answers to those questions. Will that teases our next segment nicely. Which is all about natural gas bands in buildings and urban infrastructure? And what the natural gas industry is doing to counter those including pitching.
"bp" Discussed on The Energy Gang
"But what are the limitations? And how will the battle over natural gas connections? Play out then another reversal. This time in Virginia the state legislature is right in the middle of setting some really strong goals for offshore wind storage in. They've got a governor who wants to sign it. Who would have guessed? We'd see the Dominion States promising. Such major goals even if they are decades down the Road Catherine Hamilton and Jigger Shaw are with me as always Catherine is in Washington. Dc. Although she resides in. Virginia so we're GonNa talk about her home state. She's the CO founder and chair thirtieth solutions. How are you? I'm great and I'm a lifelong resident? I was born and raised in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Well it seems like just yesterday. We were talking about how dismal the politics were in Virginia. Now all of a sudden we've got this crazy amount of activity. Yeah it's super exciting. I'm I'm really happy and proud of what do what do we say elections matter exactly host matter to and the other co host is sugar shah. He's the president of generate capital with us. From where are you from jigger? I never asked before we start recording. I'm at home in Maryland. Bethesda just neighboring DC there. How are you? I'm excited this action packed episode? And there's just so much stuff going on that we've had to leave like stories. We would have covered on the cutting room floor. Oh my gosh. My Free Electron a few weeks ago is all about the crazy amount of news and developments happening already this year and once again we're facing a week with some of the biggest news stories that we've ever faced on this show so the progress continues story number one is all about be p the P is of course for petroleum now be once said it wanted to get beyond petroleum more than a decade ago that strategy failed and now BP has a new CEO Bernard Looney. He came in recently in announced almost immediately that the company is going to try to offset or eliminate all of its carbon emissions by twenty fifty. Looney also said that he wants a fifty percent reduction in carbon intensity and he says ep will just depend less on oil production for its revenue and continue to ramp up in clean energy. And finally it's going to support a carbon taxes or climate related policy and pull out any money from climate denying trade organizations. Now this is a big deal for a company that has a very spotty record but there are not many details yet and loonie says that they'll those details will come in September so jigger we know that you used to work for BP. We have seen this movie before when BP attempted to rebrand beyond petroleum in the early two thousands. Is this any different? Yeah I think it is different right. So what about it? I think what happened under John Brown. Was that there was a realization on. John. Brown's part that this was a megatrend the BP had to figure out that it didn't know what it was doing but it really had to figure it out and John. Was Lord Browne actually. I was very dedicated to doing it. You Know Tony Hayward Org remind us who lured Brown is so Lord. Browne was the longest the loudness CEO and VP history. I think he was. Ceo for twenty years he found the prudhoe. Bay Alaska Find Which is really what made. Bp As a corporation and became CEO in the late eighties and busy never missed a quarterly earnings report. Until sort of the end of his tenure was heralded as probably one of the most powerful oil. Ceo's in modern times and and you know when you think about the people came after him right Tony Hayward and others Bob Dudley was actually my boss before I left. Bp Solar And so it was one of those things where where people ridiculed John Brown after? He laughed thought that he was distracted by non oil pursuits and the beyond petroleum stuff. And I think what the data shown is at pretty much every single unconventional oil project that BP has embarked on In the last ten years has lost money pretty much every single one and they are now worried that what the krona virus and everything else going on that oil prices might actually stay it forty fifty dollars a barrel forever because we've hit peak demand. Which was you know another artifact that was crafted by BP Guy Right so one of my bosses at BP was tool Aria. Who's now at the Cambridge Energy Research Group and and they you know he's crafted this peak demand scenario which. I think a lot of oil people believe now that we're never going to get above. Let's call it one hundred and three million barrels a day of oil so these are macro fundamental trends that BP is now starting to come to grips with saying their oil and business is actually fundamentally Not Profitable for future oil finds that they're looking for now. Bob Dudley the former CEO who Looney took over the company from you mentioned in a recent episode. His interview with Jason Board off of the Columbia Energy Exchange podcast. And you criticize him for that interview saying that he really wasn't in touch with the reality of the changing energy markets today. So Bob Dudley. What did he do at BP? And how might looney change that? So Bob Dudley came through the Amoco side of the business and then when BP Amoco merged in the ninety eight. I think it was twenty. Eight is when he joined. Bp At the time B. P. was all about gas. I mean it was a long time ago now but but Natural gas was a waste fuel. It was not counted in reserves. Right so when you went to a stock analyst and they care deeply in the oil industry about reserve replacement ratio. Natural gas wasn't allowed to be counted in that today. Exxon Mobil seventy percent of their reserve place ratio is natural gas. So that was Bob Dudley's education right. It was really the power of gas. And that's what you know Lord Browne of inculcated in him and you know and then he went to Russia he you know our assets and BP were taken over by the government and then he fled in the middle of the night and like had to be kept in a secret location because people feared for his life. I mean those are the kinds of experiences that shaped Bob Dudley. And but to this day he's really just a natural gas fan. He just believes very strongly that the way. Bp gets there in this changing world is by converting everything to gas. Catherine you sat down and you watched Bernard loonies speech. What did he say? And what feels different to you? Yes so interestingly he just got this job. A couple of weeks ago He started at BP as an entry level engineer in early in his career nineteen ninety-one or something so he's grown up in that company so he knows a lot about the company so two weeks into being the CEO isn't starting a job without knowing anything about it. And I spoke to Mary Street. A friend of mine who works at BP. She's a senior vice president of communications and External Affairs. And she said he is setting a new direction Of course the double is in the details of how that's going to be executed but the speech was pretty impressive to his employees and investors and stakeholder community. Which is they're going to be reimagining. Energy reinventing EP and performing wild transforming. That's how he put it. And they have ten main goals or aims as he says five of them are internal so they wanna get to net zero across their operations on an absolute basis by twenty fifty or earlier they WanNa get to net zero on carbon in their oil and gas production by twenty fifty or sooner they wanna cut their carbon intensity of their products that they sell by fifty percent by twenty fifty or sooner they need to install methane measurement on all of their processing sites and reduced intensity by fifty percent and they want to increase the proportion of investment into non oil and gas businesses over time. And they're even saying that is going to increase while their oil and gas investment is going to decrease and then there are other five goals. Those are sort of the five internal goals the five external goals are that they want to more actively advocate for Pie policies that support at zero including carbon pricing. And what they would do is shift dollars from reputational advertising so all those ads you see on tv about how awesome oil and gas are. Those funds would be shifted into policy advocacy. They would incentivize their employees to you know to deliver on some of these goals. They would set expectations for relationships with trade associations. And that's gonNA come out later. This month and analysis of what trade associations they want to still affiliate with and which ones they can no longer affiliated with based on this new direction They want to be recognized as being very transparent and align with all these disclosure groups to make sure that people know what they do remember. They have had people protesting outside of their headquarters every day for a very long time And then they want to launch a new team to help others decarbonised and to look for New Investments. So with these ten aims. He's really serious about this and I think it is setting. A new trajectory for the company will be really interesting to see in September. What the details of that are and how they do plan to go to net zero on the carbon intensity and all that now we're all realists on this show more or less. I think we all understand that the world is going to be using a lot of oil and gas for decades to come. We need to reduce that usage as much as possible but these fossil fuel companies while they may shift. They're still going to be selling oil and gas. Now what I hear though from these goals is that sure sure. They're going to be complicated sure. They're a massive step in the right direction but BP still saying yeah we're GONNA play around with the renewable stuff still but we still see a very large future for oil and gas and we're going to try to reduce the carbon intensity of our product On a net basis. But we're not going to stop selling oil and gas. We don't see a future in which that is the case or where we significantly phase it down. Do you guys hear the same thing. Yeah but that's I mean that's the that's how the sausage is made their right and this is in sharp contrast I would say to. Nrg In the conversations that we had around David Crane and and him hanging onto his coal assets in this case BP is investment grade entity because of its reserves right if it sold off all of its reserves BP would no longer be an investment grade entity and one of the ways for BP to make money in clean energy is by allowing people to borrow their balance sheet. So for instance if you want to invest You know two billion dollars into clean energy into Azerbaijan where BP has a big footprint. Nobody in their right mind is investing RS resign but BP can do that because they've got fifty government affairs people there. They actually know exactly who the people are at the European Investment Bank and the World Bank to actually work with to secure loan guarantees or credit guarantees for that investment right. That is something that they are better at than everyone else..
"bp" Discussed on The Art Newspaper Weekly
"BP's PR on the BBC for it but those are the kinds of situations nations that are increasingly finding themselves in and it's another argument for actually ending those relationships because they're compromising arts institutions Integra. Say What would you say to the people that say that we use oil on a daily basis. Why should we be holding museums to a higher moral stand the wheel sales or engaging on a daily basis well our entire society and infrastructure at the moment is based around multiple available free fulfills oil and gas and coal but we need to transition away from that really quickly and and indeed? We already are like they've been some days this year where all of our energy has generated by renewables which is fantastic. So this isn't some kind of crazy vision in the future. We actually have the technology. We need to transition. Position Away from fossil fuels and the problem is the power an influence of the fossil fuel industry oil companies in particular kind of impeding that and so I think we need to create the conditions where it's possible to live an ethical lifestyle that doesn't involve using some fossil fuels somewhere at the moment. That's pretty much impossible unless you go and live off grid Seni- you call it. She participate in modern society without some kind of interaction action. We fossil fuel project products. But the point is that that's what needs to change and scientists very very clear on that And it is changing. And so you and I think the other problem with doing that sort of personal making that personal hypocrisy argument is that oil companies companies are some of the biggest players in the world in terms of climate policy and energy policy. They have huge amounts of political and financial an anti cloud and they have favorite successfully lobbied governments and continue to do so to actually slow down. Climate Action's kill legislation that they don't want to make sure that they still have all of the permissions that they need to be extracting oil and gas way into the future so in terms of like what are the. The biggest barrier is standing away to actually decarbonising the oil industry is one of the biggest. So it's actually a political problem nor a technological problem and by partnering with Cultural Organizations Be. She sucked them in. You know a level that is just not comparable with individuals choosing whether to drive or not so. I think it's it it massively civilly distracts from misrepresents. The situation and I think it's quite a lazy argument by people that essentially don't want to have this conversation because they find find uncomfortable oversee the also funded in a very precarious model still in the sense that especially over the last twenty years. There's an increasing emphasis on the museums and cultural organizations being able to have having to raise money from private sources if if fossil fuel companies are not in that picture. Then is there any evidence. There are different industries that are willing to step in where they current be fit. So I think this is. It's really important to recognize that the courts have really been stating I think. It's a third of arts funding over. The last ten years has been cut and so yeah. Cultural organizations have no choice really than to start forming partnerships with the private sector. Ah Brings with all kinds of risks and we would argue. That makes it even more important to have some kind of ethical fundraising policy the aligns. The values of the organization with the companies is prepared to partner with because otherwise leaving themselves. Very very open to these kinds of controversies. I think the amount BP gives to the arts is overstated For the British Museum. It's not point. Five percent of their annual income. It's not a huge amount of money into in proportionally and it's kind of I think it's two percent for the National National Portrait Gallery and about point six percent for the Royal Opera House so sponsors. Do you come and go anyway. All of these organizations talk development departments with really amazing fundraisers and whose job is to constantly be seeking out new sources of funding because sponsorship shipped relationships. Naturally come to an end anyway So I think it's very very Misleading for the British Museum in particular to say we couldn't put on Blockbuster exhibitions without BP. Like no you probably couldn't put them on without out some kind of corporate sponsorship the problem is that BP is really really counter productive sponsor. Feats be working with and means you've known about this for a really long time like the the time that they renewed that current sponsorship deal with BP was in twenty sixteen and there was huge pressure coming ready from within the arts sector lots of people signing a letter to Hartford Fisher Piece of came into the role at the British Museum. Saying please don't renew the deal with. BP purchased are used to. I worked at the Tate Britain in two thousand one. They were protests gates against Britain. In two thousand one. This is as you say. It's not a new phenomenon and it's something that they should we've seen coming and planned for and so I think the whole like. Oh but we really stuck because we have another corporate sponsor right now lined up I think is it's a bit misleading of the protest. They've known about this for a really long time. They've chosen they've made a calculation the benefits that they get from BP sponsorship outweigh the damage that reputation and all of a sudden that has shifted. It's a now maybe that's not the the case anymore On there in the middle of these five year contracts and that's a really difficult situation but if you look at what the Royal Shakespeare Company Company it had this very very substantial internal conversation tried to listen to all the different voices And it made the decision decision to end its five year contract with BP halfway through And it said the actually we recognize that climate change is the the biggest emergency facing humanity that we have a responsibility to do what we can and we're particularly. Finding our relationship of young people is being damaged by BP sponsorship and young people are incredibly important part of our audience and so. We've heard that we're actually going to end. The relationship would be and that's such a brave thing to do. It really shows leadership and I think maybe cultural organizations his still take money from from oil companies should be thinking actually. This is an opportunity for us to show leadership as well rather than this is a disaster. We need to button down inches and hope it goes away because we know climate change isn't going to go away and we know that the need to decarbonised his only GonNa get more urgent as we get further three days. Twelve years So they they need to look at the way things ago and just put stop to it now. I think but as you say the British Museum semi the Science Museum and Science Museums Directory Blackford is very bullish about continuing. BP sponsorship even said that even if they were lavishly publicly-funded refunded he would want to still work with with fossil fuel companies. Do you think you've you've met. With an immovable object in terms of those organizations. No I think they're going to have to move and it's just a question of when and the think so the ignoring the public mood on climate change and the need for large organizations particularly educational and scientific organizations to actually show leadership in con- modeling. The transition away from fossil fuels. Looks like is only going to increase So I think that they're being quite blind to the direction of travel at at the moment is going to have to shift this particularly concerning coming from me in Blackford. Because he's also the chairman of the National Museum Directors Association Association so he is sort of a mouthpiece for the whole museum sector and he could not be more out of step with the rest of the museum. He's in sector so. We went to the Museums Association conference in Brighton Last month and the theme was sustainability. Ah like so many conversations going on about a war. Museums responsibilities in the face of climate change and conversations have got very far down. The line and a lot of museums are now taking this really seriously. I'm say the science means in particular is looking incredibly isolated plated in kind of saying Oh. This doesn't matter we need to work with everybody I think if they were actually paying attention to where the rest of the sector has got to They would definitely shift position. Kushner watch this space. I think just thank you very much for coming. Thank thank you can read more about. Culture and stains activities at culture stained Saint Dot Org when we reported on the protests at the British Museum's Choi Exhibition. A spokesman for the museum said the British Museum respects other people's right to express their views and allows is peaceful protest on site at the museum as long as there is no risk to the museum's collection staff or visitors. And just to give you an idea of Fisher. The director of the British Museum's recent statements statements. He said the support for the museum over the years has helped create unique learning opportunities they sought to support is vital to museums mission. He's also said we've had many conversations inside the British Museum and with many people outside also with representatives of the various groups to share our views. And understand how we go about this better. That includes the trustees testees of the British Museum together. We've discussed this question. In great depth we feel that it's our mission to make it possible for people to encounter stories like the one told in this exhibition on troy display the danger and impact violence. And that's it for this week. You can read all the latest news on our website at the newspaper Dot Com or on our APP for IOS which you can find in the APP store. The December print edition of the art newspaper is just out an includes our review of a year across all actions and a Leonardo special in the Review Section where review the Louvre exhibition which featured on.
"bp" Discussed on The Art Newspaper Weekly
"Welcome back now. The Troy Exhibition is sponsored by BP and like many exhibitions funded by BP. The exhibitions opening was greeted with protests. In this instance the group BP or not be blocked entrances to the exhibition. Living Statues of characters is linked to the choice story and Greek mythology and created a new one. The oily God of fossil fuels Petroleos. This was the latest in series of protest amid ongoing going debates about fossil fuel sponsorship that seen the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Galleries of Scotland End Their association with BP. We've discussed this issue on the pocus before of course but we felt this is a good moment to talk to the activists themselves and I'm now joined budgets worth from coach unstained research and campaigning. When is Asian which aims to end fossil fuel sponsorship coacher Jess? I'm going to start asking you a question. I wish the mainstream media would ask more campaigners when they come in their programs who funds culture unstained unstained. So we've mainly got funding from charitable foundations A biggest funder is Joseph. rowntree charitable charts boo. Trust say that Sir Trust of the rowntree chocolate money. That's my and they were quakers so they wanted to give away so it's kind of the legacy of then. We got some funding from the chaos foundation. which is actually a scandinavian? And its money from velox windows. Thank take very environmentally friendly. Double and triple glazed windows. They've set up funds to kind of explicitly promote climate action. And then in the past. We've had a little bit funding from Patagonia the outdoor clothing company And we've had funding from from A. I think you can get whether from room think. Swedish Foundation could the minor foundation for major challenges and they they will only fund a project that otherwise wouldn't get funded and wouldn't happen okay. So can you give a bit of a background to culture on stain because it emerged from campaign is interesting. Yeah culture stained emerged based fromm the kind of creative activism campaign that was talking targeting oil sponsored coach institutions and also from the growing movement within the arts and culture sector people wanting to be able Taylor oppose this and change it but feeling very uncomfortable up obviously about job security and so we realized that there was a gap in terms of. Who is anyone doing? The policy research around ethical sponsorship. And actually what should coach will be doing. A Matter of course is seen as best practice by the Museums Association Charities Commission so on what's actually happening behind the scenes within these coaching institutions institutions. Say through freedom of information requests. We try and kind of showing some scrutiny on the processes around you know making. BP sponsorship deals managing them etc internally in places like the British Museum that you can F- ally and then we do a lot of work supporting reporting people within agriculture sector and mobilizing them to Sort of the case for the end of oil sponsorship And part of that is working with very influential people. well-known people like Mark Rylance and Carol. Chechulin Chris Chris Packer who wants to take a stand and feel like they're in a position to take a stand. I kind of safe. Because their profile is so high but won't some kind of guidance and research support and so on so for example we worked with microloans for seven years Since I started sponsoring the Rose aacsb a company and he's had to kind of long process of engaging internally as well as Koksal signing up to public lesson stuff the ultimately led to him resigning as an associate artist earlier this year so that's one example of the kind of work we do But we all say. Work increasingly ways. trades unions who represent arts and culture workers and increasingly. The pressure is coming not just I from activist groups. It's coming from staff. It's coming from unions and it's coming from within the sector that's really significant. Shift that we you you know. I've been trying to support the last three years. That's why isn't it because because there was a clearly staff concern at the Science Museum which prompted Ian Black Shirt. He's the director of the Science Museum Museum to address his stove about this issue early. This year we find that that's happening. A lot is happening low and I think there's probably active staff campaigns anes or pressure in all of the cultural organizations that have oil sponsorship. Now Right. Now let's let's talk about the Choi Exhibition specifically the practice. It just was actually done by a group cooled be or not be so what's their relationship to coach unstained save bp BP is an activist theater group the sprung up around starting to sponsor the Royal Shakespeare Company. And they. I should say we were really inspired by. It could liberate tate who were a group of artists who were doing sort of oil related performance interventions at tate to critique take sponsorship by BP we really liked the idea of using the medium that's being sponsored to critique the sponsorship so we saw what does that look like for the SE Maybe it looks like stage invasions and so that's how I first got involved with setting up. BP BP to due short incredibly polite stage invasions a few minutes before a BP sponsored RSC performance was due to start so you manage routing actual perform no beforehand. We absolutely don't want 'cause stressing upset for the actors in the front line staff because we know that most of them are incredibly the plan comfortable about PP sponsorship as well so it's very much aimed at the management and the board and the people who've made that decision so we would do either. We would so take famous phrases and themes from the Shakespeare play that was being sponsored like a twelfth night if oil be the fuel for US drilling and the tempest and so on all we would take a theme like we did comedy of errors and we made about the two different faces of BP the the lover of poetry and patriots versus the noxious treacherous belching oily rogue in. Nazi people. There actually one so that's how I first got involved and we got really amazing responses from audiences. That's one of the great things about doing something in a theater fitter. Is You already have a big audience. who were there to Absorb and enjoy culture and entertainment and means a big round of applause from them is a kind of undeniable sign to the RMC that actually their audience are uncomfortable about BP sponsorship as well off but nevertheless that was seven years ago. And it's taken until this summer for the ARA seats actually in relationship with BP And so a- as well as Be Pure not be. We linked up with liberates hate and a few other groups and formed a coalition called the oil coalition. So we're part of I'm when culture and stained was founded that also became parts of the coalition and also members of the coalition includes the PCs Union which represents presents a lot of staff at museums galleries around the country. Since you form culture unstained is there a different level of engagement from the arts organizations that you you are targeting in other words. Can you sit in boardrooms with these people. Can you getting sit round the table and talk to you. We had quite a breakthrough last week week when we had an informal meeting with the chairman of the British Museum Trustees. So we've we've just got to let points But actually sort of sitting table hasn't really been our aim. Our aim is to support people who actually stakeholders in these cultural organizations to be able who to sit at the table and make these arguments. So for example we worked with Gary Hume the artist who was a judge of the BP portray towards and then had this ray I to Damascus moment around the extinction rebellion protests when he was like actually. It's my responsibility to speak out on. This isn't it. so he approached rached us and then we go grilling for a couple of hours to really you know he really wanted to check the arguments with strong and that he was kind of picking the right side And then we supported him to initially write a letter to Nick Cullen the Director of National Portrait Gallery and then when he didn't really get much of a response he then reached out his amazing network of contacts and got seventy eight artists including lots of Turner Prize winners winners and big names. Like hunts Nicole and Rachel White reads initiative poor etc to sign onto another letter. Talk 'n PG kind of putting the case more forcefully and. I think that's probably the right way of going about this because actually there's a huge amount of unhappiness about oil sponsorship within the coach sector. And that's like finding ways to make that visible that don't put people's jobs at risk Probably the most powerful thing that's been happening recently I think it's basically exactly a year since the IPC reports which said that we had twelve years to keep the level of global heating at one point five degrees before we reached this tipping point of two degrees. which would which would really send a series of events which will be catastrophic catastrophic enough enough we know that but has there been any different level of engagement since that reporting in that last year? Yeah it's changed one hundred percents. It's really been remarkable I think the combination of that and the school strikers Gresham and the kind of youth increasingly challenging Alan Djing grownups and saying you created this mass. This is a feature unique to now step up and sort out as well as six. Rebellion protests have really concentrated people's minds. And you can see that both in terms of sort of public opinions and awareness on climate change now about two thirds of British people think that climate change is the biggest threat facing humanity and half of them support decarbonisation goal of nazi-era by twenty thirty. So that's very very radical and kind of cool even a couple years ago and we've seen similar reaction in the arts so this movement called culture declares emergency that has kind of sprung up that has been putting pressure from the inside on our concessions to declare climate emergency. Say and then think about. What does that mean for us in practice? And there's a recognition increasingly across the sector that that doesn't just mean in programming work on climate. Change it actually means looking at how the building is heated. And let it's about how things are moved. How things and people who are moved around the world within the coaches citre and it also means looking at you get your funding from an in particular who your advertising? And that's the real problem him that we have with oil sponsorship is is not just a matter of BP and shall quietly giving money to arts organizations Out of the goodness of their reinhard in heart is a transaction for them and the aim is to maintain what they called `social licensed to operate. Say like the Permission Commission that we as society give them to continue extracting fossil fuels way beyond safe limits. And so that's why they do. It is because awesome and museums some of the most trusted organizations within society so they can associate their brand with these incredibly trusted organizational scientific organizations. That does a huge amount of good for them and sort of distract attention away from the actual business activities on the grounds around world And so by take bike sort of entering into these sponsorship partnerships why cultural organizations are agreeing to give BP in particular a huge amount of advertising not just within their own buildings but also like on the way here today. I saw lots of troy adverts the logo all over it that is actively helping fossil fuel organizations maintain their current in business model which is to continue extracting fulfills. And that is the single most important thing to turn around. If we're actually GONNA keep temperature level rises a AH close to one point. Five degrees can say often. We got the argument back from cultural organizations. Oh we have to remain neutral. Oh we can't take a stunned things but actually remaining neutral is not advertising and oil company. It's it's actually saying saying we are not going to promote this company is doing so much damage in world rather than saying. Oh we need the money so we have to promote it. We're not taking any kind of political stand. You are taking a political stand when it comes to the fossil fuel industry at the moment that the response from museum directors for for instance of the Science Museum in Bradford and of the Vienna Inn. Tristram Hunt has been the oil companies are part of the solution and therefore they should be included. What was your response to that? It's very worrying. They've bought into that greenwash like a really big advertising campaign going on at the moment that just absolutely each trumpets their investments in electric cars and charging points and wind farms and solar panels and biofuels and all of the kind of low-carbon low-carbon things that they're doing around the world but in reality that only accounts for three percent of the capital the ninety seven percents leftover lever is all being invested in extracting more fossil fuels. And and it's not just that they're making the transition away from fossil fuels but slowly over there was an article Jin recently revealed over the next ten years. BP is planning to increase its fossil fuel extraction by twenty percent so is going in completely the wrong direction and it's being able to do because of its social license to operate cultural organisations helping it to maintain and so is really really important to actually look at the figures and not just the spin. I'm one of the very troubling things that happened recently. Was the Richard Lumber. WHO's the chairman of Trustees of the British Museum who we met recently actually went on radio four four and defended? VP's business activities and said that their business model was aligned with Paris climate goals. which is the one point? Five degrees go that you just mentioned and that is going so beyond what a cultural organization should be doing. It shouldn't be doing..
"bp" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"Johnston on the street here along with Shane. Morris Shane I want to go from the. US drama to international drama. And we've got some serious situations that are developing one. Of course that's been happening for quite a long time. What's the protests in Hong Kong? And I want to begin with We also had reports this week and because somewhat close to home having just has been in Israel really a week ago one of my co workers wrote in his. Hey I'm glad you are in Israel last week and not this week you know being in the southern part of of Israel and everything seemed fine just a week ago and now we've got rockets coming in from Gaza after the assassination of an Islamic Jihad. Commander Commander we'll get to that in just a second. Let's start with Hong Kong. We've been talking about this now for months. Because these protests have gone on since a proposed extradition treaty from mainland China that Hong Kong residents protested and the extradition treaty was pulled back Hong Kong. Protesters have not pulled back really seeing the I think they've reached a point where they feel. Like look it's either the future of our democracy or we're going to go down fighting and I think it is. We Watch this thing first of all this escalated and it's escalated to a new level of violence. We have reported deaths. We've got China back. Police Police That are being accused of terrorist like tactics. Neither side on this is going to back down and I think that we look at it. As Americans and expect backed either China or the protesters to kind of grow weary into back off that this will eventually de-escalate like we see you know in Portland. We're not gonNA WANNA see that here as far as I can see and I really pray for the protesters because look this could be another tenement square incident given what we know about the Chinese military. Sorry this is not GonNa be one of our co workers. This Week said that the longer this goes on the less he can see it having a bloodless resolution solution you know a peaceful resolution. This is just it. Looks like the development of a terrible and potentially deadly situation here The scenes scenes out of like Chinese University for example. It looked like something out of Les Miserables. I mean there's barriers going up students waiting for police to arrive with tear gas and potentially worse. There was this article in the Atlantic reminded me of what you just said John about the determination on both sides and about what the the protesters are actually out to accomplish. It was This writer went and spoke with some of the protesters and was she was kind of embedded with them for several days. He's in the midst of the protest during the tear. Gas and so forth and watching the the clashes with police and the takeaway was at the people of Hong Kong. Truly see see this as an existential crisis you know. They see this as their way of life and their freedoms on the line she talks with this one pair of student protesters who kind of admit admit. They're afraid of the crackdowns. They realized that could actually be killed but they older in essence look. This is our only chance. China is trying to assert its authority any to swallow up Hong Kong and take away the liberties we cherish and that we inherited from the British and They specifically mentioned what China has done to the warriors for example apple and how those who silently go into the night of Communist Talibanism never seem to come out and the sentiment they expressed was was basically. We might as well go down fighting even though we don't really have much hope here so it's it's stunning to see that John and as we've mentioned before and break this week this is at its essence clash of worldviews right. It's a clash of two ways of seeing rights liberty and human beings and what it means is to be free and and to prosper. Yeah it is. And it's also a clash of worldviews though between the those of us here watching it over there. I I think we're looking at this through kind of western prosperity sort of is and not seeing the seriousness over there. And then there there's this kind of viral video of the. US tourist in Hong Kong yelling at protesters. And and basically saying what are you doing. You should be thankful for the safety that you have and and you know it's not worth it to die and so on and so on and so on and in her comment that's what brought to my mind like Ex. She just doesn't get first of all the seriousness of communism. And this and especially this communist Chinese government and she certainly doesn't get basically that there's something more important than safety in other words. I think we look at it. I think so many upset and I remember and I've read Tom Tons of articles saying look China's not really gonNA crack down on Hong Kong because of the financial benefit. But see we're looking at. It laid the Golden Egg. Yeah that's right and and and we would say what would make no sense because we would say we'll financial benefit is more important than power and so eventually the Chinese government is going to back. Are you kidding hitting me. China doesn't have a one year. You know perspective on this then we will have a S- you know what's the stock market going to do by the end of the week if we do this that many of us don't think longer than the more long-term than just that China has a dynasty perspective. On this day they will sacrifice short term financial loss because of long term power play. They absolutely will do that. It on the on the other hand. I think the this is something that the Hong Kong protesters You know get to. I think we'd look at them and say well you got what you wanted. The extradition treaty was pulled back. It's okay I I look this was supposed to be fifty year agreement That didn't even last thirty to allow Hong Kong to operate independently Do you know the the way that that initial agreement was developed when Britain turned Hong Kong. Back over to the Chinese they they understand that with the way the Chinese government is preceding preceding the way that they're removing all dissent both political religious worldview anything else the way that they're persecuting minorities the way that they're willing to crack down the way that that they're willing to I you know basically to say we're not going to go in and run this over but eventually this is going to come to a head and and if the world condemns that's the world condemns us we're on our own. I mean we do. We just do not have that sort of perspective to be able to think about this situation The the way that it actually is escalating scholastic and the only way you can really understand it is to understand the power of worldview if you think people are fundamentally economically shaped economically determined if you think that people just act act the way they do out of a desire for survival. That's what was stunning about that piece. which by the way will link to at breakpoint dot org is that there are people still in the world and and and by the way many Americans used to be the sort of people as well that will say I will fight for this cause or I will die trying and we just don't have that perspective and and that's what I saw from this? US critic of these protesters that they literally do not understand how deeply held beliefs about life in the world will allow a conflict like this to escalate to this degree That's what we're seeing over there. And that's why I think it's getting hotter and hotter turn. We need to continue to pray. Because there's going to be a lot of bloodshed. I fear. Yeah the incredible irony John is that communism as an ideology is supposed to be based on the idea that we're all economic creatures but China's willing to just issue the economic side of it and make these short term sacrifices in service of what they see as their their long-term political good because they see this as an existential struggle to every bit as much as the residents of Hong Kong because they they know if someone is allowed to challenge Jalan them a defy their system and push them around. Then it's all gonna come tumbling down. We talked about the fall of the Soviet Union last week John and that was very much along. The same lines does sort of China views this as a threat to their authority and power in existence. And it's easy for us to forget Americans what this sort of situation is like like we were. Our forebears went to war against the government that was significantly. Less tyrannical than China is right now that I mean. That's astonishing to think that we the war in seventeen seventy six happened over the complaints that Thomas Jefferson list in the declaration of independence and none of those look like something on the same scale John. As what the people of Hong Kong who suffered and then especially those in mainland China religious awesome Cultural Minorities have been persecuted. Yeah it really just you. You kind of wonder how much God does watch over the affairs of man because these things are so vulnerable. All I mean you know being in moving onto the story happening in developing in Israel right now I mean look I was just there again a week ago. There was no sense that we were in any danger that that there is any sort of flare up. That's about to happen and you know Kinda moments later Israel and of course we all know that Israel doesn't mess around they don't sit and wait for are a threat to become actualized. They went in and took out the leader of the Islamic Jihad in Gaza and then Gaza militants started to bombard southern Israel with rockets. I had a friend that was flying out of Tel Aviv You know basically saying I'm glad we were able to get out. I don't think it's going to escalate to an all out war war but it does tell you how fragile the human condition is how fragile our life together is how important it is that we deal with truth and that goes back to the things that we were talking about in the first segment where we got one more story.
"bp" Discussed on The BreakPoint Podcast
"This is break point this week. A weekly briefing on faith culture worldview and mission with John Stonestreet President of the Colson Center for Christian worldview going to breakpoint this week. John Stonestreet here along with Shane Morris. Lots of stories to get to in our conversation here on the culture it from a Christian worldview in this week's program a lot of them having to do with what's happening in the political theater in America too big stories this week the Supreme Court Lord heard oral arguments on Daca basically. What are we going to do with those that are known as the dreamers people who have been brought to the United States as children children of illegal immigrants and not by any choice of their own? We were pushing about seven hundred thousand of those in the US. This has been a political football. That's gone back and forth north. We did a breakpoint commentary on it this week. And I'm GonNa get to that in just a second but I think Shane. We should probably and I think at some level if you did deep enough there's some things that these these two stories have in common and that is the impeachment hearings for president trump were underway with an awful lot of media coverage and noise this week. And you you look. Are we going to learn anything new in these impeachment hearings you know. I don't think so you know again just like has been said throughout throughout the entire coverage of this story since it broke one side saying. Hey there's nothing here there's nothing illegal here. This is the way presidents talked to other other presidents and this is all kind of expected and the other side basically claiming breaking news that there was an additional phone. Call the next day. Are we really going to you. Learn anything new from these impeachment hearings. I think the answer right now is probably probably know. So we're GONNA start by addressing both the elephant and the donkey the room. Is that what you're saying. I see what you did. They are very clever. I like thank you. Thank you well. If I remember correctly John they've only been two presidents in. US history who've been impeached reached. It was Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton and no president has ever been convicted by the Senate which is really what removes a president from office. According to the constitution so the likelihood president trump getting removed from office especially by a Republican controlled. Senate at this stage seems pretty slim but I think the thing we're talking about isn't the political shape of the whole situation but the the moral shape of the whole situation like what's going on before us in the how our public life is being transformed. I think many Americans have this unspoken sense of this instinct that this is a political feeder. Like you said that's it's not this. Trump might not have done something improper favors from a foreign government or whatever. But you know I've not been a fan of his character either or methods for a long time but I think there's a widespread that sense it. What's happening here is the breakdown of our political process and the ability to even accept elections? It looks very bad. For the Democrats for instance. Because because I think everyone realizes they've been intent on impeaching trump since before he took office. You know it's been a the articles of impeachment have just had a little blank on them. Therefore the reason for impeaching him you know so. That's not that's not. Look I mean that's an important point because I think that's the way that this whole thing is being received by a a whole lot of Americans is that this was inevitable. I mean I remember before. He was inaugurated after winning the election. National National Public Radio and of course. NPR is supposed to be known as the calm. The calm soothing voices. No they're not getting upset. They're certainly you know left of center pretty indeed dramatically on so many issues. But but they're going to you know kind of walk through issues pretty calmly and straightforwardly and I heard at least two or three different. NPR programs dedicate dedicate. I'm talking thirty minute. PODCAST that are dedicated. To what would it look like either win. President trump is MPG. Or what will he do to get impeach. Now what might he do. But what will he do to get impeached. I mean this is before he was even inaugurated and I think that that's the noise that a lot of Americans are cynical about as you've been talking about this from the very beginning. You just waited to. You could wait no longer and made a political calculation about this. I don't think that this is building any faith in the the mechanisms of government and of course we remember back as you mentioned bill. Clinton's impeachment hearings that just really emboldened the fact that he was GonNa win reelection for at at least that was the case with Bill Clinton. Yes certainly I mean we have to remember. Impeachment is sort of an indictment. It's not a conviction so presidents can be impeached without being convicted by the Senate removed from office. So we have to ask exactly what the fallout of this is going to be. I don't I'm not going to predict an election but it certainly seems like something that you could imagine helping the President win reelection. But I'll tell you what to bring this back just real quick to a world view level here since that's what we're doing on the show. There was a great article. What Matt Taibbi in realclearpolitics? I think it's how you say his name. It was called. We're in a permanent coup and Matt hails from Russia and he was just sort of drawing on his experience in the early early nineties watching the Soviet Union fall apart and the the KGB coup that was attempted against Gorbachev and he says look guys the language which I'm hearing right now out of Washington. The new cycle in America right now. It sounds a whole awful lot like what I remember from Russia and what others I who have grown up in the third world countries and sort of banana republic style governments remember. And it's not something you want you don't want to live in a permanent senate coup in a place where there's never an admission of legitimacy in the government where every election is contested by you know police forces and criminal trials does and the new rings so I mean we can be grateful that we have not up until this point lived in that kind of country. But what's happening right now has consequences and I don't think this this is a road we want to go down. I think he's right. Yeah I think that's right and you know earlier. This week we talked about Daca the deferred action for childhood arrivals program of course this was signed into law by President Obama and essentially granted the seven hundred thousand immigrants who arrived in the. US miners gave the temporary protection action from deportation but basically kind of an ongoing every two years checking with the government sort of thing back early in his presidency. President trump issued basically weekly an executive order killing Daca and giving congress basically a short amount of time in order to come up with some sort of solution for these children children and of course we all know what happened with that. Some you know summary nothing and this is going back and forth and back and forth then we made two points on breakpoint commentary. Sorry this past week and I want to go back and revisit them because I think that you can see this underpinning underneath the impeachment hearings as well. I point that we made. Is that one of the problems. uh-huh is that immigration has become a political issue. And I think what we're seeing in the impeachment hearings is how so much of American culture has become a political article issue. Now we've had some folks that wrote in and they didn't understand what that meant and I get that because you know they didn't like the language if it goes you have to have a political solution to this so that makes it a political issue but that's exactly what I'm trying not to say. I think there are economic issues. I think their immigration issues. I think there are religious freedom issues. I think that there are all kinds of issues. But when politics stops being a process and the rules of politics become the means by which we understand think through and and determine our position on issues. That's where we've got a problem because what we're seeing here is just. I think this is what that article talking about. The impeachment hearings is saying. Shane is that when things. It's just become a political football when everything gets put through the rules of politics then things get understood by whoever can finally get the final lever on power our this on a politics that actually moves the needle forward for human flourishing or moves the needle forward for understanding the best way to order our lives together. Yeah there's a pragmatic side to politics. There's a power side the politics but we should think through both immigrants and citizens and laws and rights on on their own terms first and foremost put those things in place and then kick around on a political level how to best get to a level of compromise in a position and forward and that was the point is that Dhaka has become such a political football and just goes back and forth and we go from this executive order executive order and back and forth worth. It's hard to see in any sense that the Supreme Court's GonNa Quote Unquote settle this issue in any way that's going to have a long-term impact and it's GonNa to help us deal with what we have which is a really really big problem which How do we understand human dignity at the same time understanding rules of law that we have in America and a southern border? That's far too porous. How do we put all of the stuff together and and I'm not sure that the current process is going to get us there? Well you said this is a political political football and that's right but we gotta remember the people getting kicked around are real human beings. What you said breakpoint really nailed it that it never should have come to this and I also think that it was right to point out that this is the result John at least partly on both sides of the parties being controlled by weather most extreme factions? I've watched those on the left and just the last few years shift from this kind of really mainstream call for common sense immigration immigration reform. And they were still saying secure borders like you said a moment ago to this almost reflexive kind of open borders mentality just just a a No to whatever Republicans propose and the right has undergone the same kind of radicalization. I think we're pull by Pew Research earlier this year for instance found that white evangelicals that's us are the least likely group to support accepting refugees. And that's something we've talked break point before and I think it's maybe this knee-jerk reflexive the reaction to anything that sounds like open borders That's not not only. Is that not healthy John. But that's inhumane. Remember we're talking about seven hundred thousand people who are here under the DACA program or the DACA policy rather whose futures are at stake now and they're here through no fault fault of their own. Whatever solution we come up with for this and I liked it John Roberts chief justice sort of signaled in this direction during the oral arguments? Whatever solution we come up with here has to be implemented implemented in a humane way because it's not their fault and that's what we were trying to communicate to in the breakpoint commentary and the second point we made? Is You know. So what should we do. I I don't know I mean maybe somebody knows. I don't think there's a quick easy solution because there's not a long-term solution until we back up and think about it along these lines. We talk about people as people both citizens and immigrants we talk about the rules of law as if there is such a thing as a rule of law and until we get to that point. There's not going to be a long-term easy well. Well here's the decision. The Supreme Court can make an it'll quote unquote settle the issue just like there wasn't on the issue of abortion just like there hasn't been on the issue of same sex marriage if we don't think about these things on their own terms we're never going to get their look come to breakpoint dot org will link you to the commentary this week that we released on Daca and and I hope it's helpful. I know it's not always helpful to get to the end of a whole long three and a half minute explanation of something and end with A. I don't know what we should do but I think so. Many people don't know first of all. What are the details of Dhaka? You know if you just kinda follow politics from one political parties perspective or another political parties perspective. It's either a great thing or a terrible thing and we don't even really know what it is we're talking about and we tried to provide that level of detail and hopefully that's helpful and also kind of get to to the root of what kind of how politics should operate and how it should not operate and I hope that Christians can be a redemptive force. None of this is to denigrate the political local process at all. It's only an important process. It's a necessary process. And it can be a good process. It can take down the line to human flourishing but we don't see a whole lot a lot of that in our context right now. You're listening to breakpoint this week..
"bp" Discussed on FT News
"Hello from the newsroom if the financial times in London, I'm Suzanne blimp, Sam, and this is focus where we offer our insights into the global news stories that Marcia Choo investor resolutions at BP's annual meeting, and Abidine this week, shade high pressure is building on oil companies to take action on climate change political discusses, how the oil companies are responding with Angela Weaver, and blessing hook. Up already the way. People around the work for her life. At the same time, Harmon emissions need to come out at a much faster pace that is seeking. That more energy emissions dot is to charge. That was Helga loaned, the chairman of BP outlining the company's commitment to transitioning to a low carbon energy system at their AGM in Aberdeen. This week shareholders had to climate change resolutions to vote on an epidemic. Edgeley. You were up there what happened. So everyone was waiting for these two resolutions to come up for debate. Now, one was backed by p and brought forward by climate action. One hundred plus which is an initiative, led by group of investors, and they were calling on BP to demonstrate how its business strategy aligns with the Paris climate goals. And now the second resolution was proposed by follow this dodge shareholder group, and essentially this one was different because not only was it calling on the P to set targets for its carbon emissions going forward. But these targets also should include those of. Of its products, so essentially, the emissions of its consumers, and that's essentially what shall has done. That's what shall has agreed to do. Right. But in this case, BP management back the climate action one hundred plus resolution but not the other one. Why was that BP claims that the follow this resolution would not allow for flexibility through the energy transition? They say we don't know what this energy transition is going to look like we don't want to put hard targets are legally binding on ourselves or on our consumers who's use of our products, we can't control. That's what they say. And does that sound like a reasonable explanation to you? So this is where it gets very interesting because most climate activists and increasing the investors say that these emissions from the use of the products are essential to accounting for how we really progress through this, energy transition and oil and gas. Companies must be held accountable for these emissions now. I do have some sympathy for oil and gas companies in the sense that they don't know what this energy transition looks like, however, most people, I speak to you think that BP right now is in the same position that shell was in a few years ago. And at some point they too would also have to include these emissions in some way into their forward-planning. Leslie, do you have any sympathy with bay pays position. I don't know about sympathy, but I think it is hard to account for the emissions of your consumer. So I can see the sort of legality of that narrow argument. I think what's been really interesting, though, is something that Angela is actually written about, which is where the RND dollars are going for these companies, although BP has started talking a lot more about climate change. And they've certainly made it a sort of headline item on their agenda there. Aren. These spending hasn't really followed. Those words. Yes. Exactly. And even in. The opinion piece that Helgoland wrote in the F T, and in his public comments it a, he's very clear that BP's also going to have to transform its business. But what does this look like it's unbelievably murky, we have no idea is he talking about increasing our independent low-carbon fuels and technologies is he talking about shifting towards renewable? It's not entirely clear. What this means in the BP context, and this is what investors really are trying to gain some more clarity on a lot of these invested discussions with the companies have essentially been company led. It's what the companies are comfortable with talking about BP's, not committing to a particular direction. They say we've been there before, under the John Brown era petroleum beyond petroleum. They invested huge amounts in renewables. And they ended up losing a lot of money. And so this was the point that Helga loons made at the GM, as well as in the opinion piece, which is that we want to be. An investable company and I think that was his way of saying, we need to keep on investing in oil and gas. And there is a real dichotomy there because ultimately BP makes money from selling fossil fuels calls emissions, and they don't really know how they will make money if they stop doing that. So I sort of get the sense that, while there's a lot more talk about it. There's not a clear answer of where revenue is going to come from if they're no longer selling fossil fuels on the other hand, you've got companies like shell and hotel. You know, the really going out there saying, we're investing in not just gasp, renewables and renewable power. And this is all feature. But most analysts who look at the sector and even the executives themselves will say to the margins here, incredibly low compared to is stark and traditional businesses. But also, we don't really know what this is going to look like for us. And this is the point BP's trying to make, which is we're not going to go down that path blindly again. Just taking a punt on the huge amounts of pressure from every. Body in terms of crime activists, and the investors who want this investment into the cleaner fuels business and into renewables. I mean Greenpeace this week, blockaded BP's entrances. I was going to ask you about that it was quite an extraordinary defection even for Greenpeace because they actually stopped staff going into BP headquarters Ryan, where it's quite interesting to compare that to the shell AGM which was happening on the same day over in the Hague. And apparently, there were very few protests or any sort of action going on over there, certainly nothing, like staff being stopped from getting into buildings and things. And do you think that that's because shell has been clearer about its determination to invest in renewables, and lower carbon forms of energy, then B P so far? And do you think that BP is worried about that? And that's why it took the steps that it did this way. I think BP's just a different point than shell shell faced this kind of backlash Affi years ago. Let's also remember. That shell is very much a dodge company and this huge amounts of domestic pressure. And this is now only ricocheting around the world, you know, to all the European companies as well as US counterparts, but, you know, the protesters this week were saying to be, you must shift all your investment into renewables, or go bust, but it's not entirely clear if that's the strategy. Yeah. And this is just the latest example we've seen of shareholders, trying to pressure oil and gas companies and indeed coal companies to disclose more about the future plans and targets and investments and talk more about the financial and physical risks that they might face by climate change. Ultimately, do you really think this is going to shift the dial? When it comes to lowering global carbon emissions through the investors say, there's a sort of a three pronged approach here. The first is to get these companies to be more transparent. Then it's to get them to set tie. Targets on their emissions and then the third bit of this strategy is to shift their investments towards cleaner fuels cleaner energies into ready. Get a handle on the investment component here, but it's not clear to me, how long that is going to take an if these companies are going to agree to shift the businesses in a meaningful way. And there's also just a place devil's advocate. I think there is a real question about what is the company's responsibility versus the government's responsibility? Where does the role of policymakers and business leaders begin? I mean at time when we're seeing global emissions still rising. The world is not on track to meet the Paris climate goals. A lot of that is due to government inaction as well as what companies are doing. We've seen that globally, governments haven't really stepped up to make the types of commitments that they would need to live in a two degree world, which then sort of empowers the companies to say, well, if the governments haven't figured this. Out, then why is that our job? So I can sort of see their twenty few in that way, would sort of just make two further points, which is that let's be clear. The world is still using huge amounts of oil and gas will using one hundred million barrels a day of oil. So from the company's point of view, if the demand is there, at least for now, why would they pull back that's the first point? And the second point is that, you know, to what extent can these companies really transition? Yeah. Just finally one way that the oil majors trying to prove that this series of crime. It changes by making these big investments in renewable energy. We saw one of those this week lately that you wrote about that actually shows that this getting quieter crowded field. Yes, we've just seen two of Europe's largest utilities g of France and EDP of Portugal tie up all of their offshore wind assets, which is going to create a bit of an offshore wind behemoth. An already we've seen a former oil and gas company known as Dong become or stud. It's now the world's largest offshore wind developer, and we do see more and more traditional energy companies, try and go that direction the company, formerly known as Stott oil now Ecuador, it also has a growing offshore wind business, so there is some indication that the traditional energy companies are really pushing in that direction although globally last year. What was very striking is that we had some numbers out a couple of days ago from the. A that suggested total global investment in clean energy. In fact fell a little bit last year. Despite the surge of interest from European energy groups, the global picture is still not quite as rosy. Thank you, Leslie, and angelie. That was police Clark took into a senior energy. Correspondent Angie own an environment. Correspondent Vesey hurt. Thanks for listening, joined forget, if you missed our recent episodes on the US is ham, ablation hallway, the political cost of Pakistan's, IMF lane or the shocking truth about plastics in the world's Asians. You can find them all on the usual per cost platforms. This
"bp" Discussed on Marketplace All-in-One
"Bp draws a line under the deepwater horizon disaster and german workers promised to step up strike action this is the marketplace morning report live from the bbc world service i'm annoyed on and good morning oil giant bp is attempting to draw a line under the 2010 deepwater horizon disaster in the gulf of mexico which caused the biggest spill in us waters the bbc soup inc chan has the details the omega has set aside another three billion dollars to settle claims against the company but insisted that almost eight years after the disaster it was winding down its compensation scheme bp had already racked up a sixty two billion dollar bill by the end of last year the explosion killed eleven rig workers and and to one of the worst environmental disasters in us history soup ping chan let's do the numbers a positive day on most markets in asia hong kong's hang sang closed at its highest level since two thousand and seven european stocks are also making a steady start not looking so rosy for though currencies though they've taken a battering bitcoin ethier him and light coin were down by twenty percent on some exchanges now german workers have some of the highest productivity rates in the world with the country's largest trade union ig metall representing two point three million workers is warning of openended action if talks on pay rises and flexibility in working hours fails the bbc's damien mcguinness's in berlin almost four hundred thousand workers from almost two thousand firms are taking part in these strikes on the way they've been working so far is the actual concrete strikes are lusting in each case may be a couple of hours an hour two hours in various locations and what they really are is about to show a sort of a show of strength and of course you have to remember that this this union it's not only the the biggest is also the most powerful in the sense in the past they've changed nationwide policy so we have similar situation the mid 1980's and this union called seven we.
"bp" Discussed on The Bullpen with DA
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