Some momentous news from the fossil fuel world, in recent weeks. BHP is planning to merge the oil and gas extraction part of its business with Australia’s biggest oil and gas company, Woodside. …


The gullfaks field — “Interest in this acreage was very high, and it had been nicknamed the Golden Block before being awarded”

I’m confident that the fossil fuel industry is the only powerful industry in the world that has convinced nearly everybody of their own powerlessness.

They are not powerless. Companies that sell fossil fuels are very good at influencing demand for their product. …


The capability to capture carbon emissions created through the burning of fossil fuels has been of deep emotional and existential significance to fossil fuel industry executives, investors and defenders for many decades now. …


“The oil well at Pangkalan Brandan, North Sumatra, is considered to be the origin of the Royal Dutch Shell” — source

Recently, I wrote at LobbyWatch about how the gargantuan global oil and gas company Shell has been pivoting into an exhausting new way of defending its fossil fuel business. This, I described, is the Shell game — a pea and thimble trick to distract us.

The heart of the problem…


At AGL Energy’s big ‘Investor Day’ event, the company announced a long-expected plan to deal with rising scrutiny of their extremely high emissions -splitting the company out into two halves and not changing emissions at all. …


There are a lot of empty maxims in the communications and climate advocacy space, but the truly solid one is that repetition is key.

So, let’s say it again: the engine of climate change is the rapid accumulation of greenhouse gases inside the finite bucket that is the Earth’s atmosphere…


In part 1 of this piece, I explored how the American oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil has, after decades of outright hostility, begrudgingly started clenching their teeth and pretending to care about climate.

Much of that is being realised by focusing solely on the process of producing their products…


The phrase ‘shell game’ originates from a dazzling trick involving walnut shells and a pea. You put a pea under one of three, whizz them around, and then ask your watcher to nominate the shell with the pea under it. Of course, you’ve done some sleight of hand to misdirect…


You’ll have noticed a theme in the work of ACCR, and that of LobbyWatch’s posts: climate delay. That’s when a company begrudgingly accepts the need for climate action, then calmly sets about making that action as hard, slow and complex as possible.

A key part of this process is creating…


A helpful exercise for staying lucid while working constantly with climate and energy is trying to imagine how precisely the same problem you’re working on would be treated if it were in any other profession.

Here’s an example. Companies extract and sell fossil fuels, which are later burned by their…

Ketan Joshi

Anecdata analysis, research, writing, caffeine. Science, tech and data communications professional in Sydney.

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