follow the money
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 22, 2011 12:02 PM
British Petroleum has rarely been out of the spotlight since the Deepwater oil spill in 2010 that put nearly five million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This week it's back in the news again, with word that the still-in-turnaround energy giant has extinguished its solar power business.
The simple reason, according to The Guardian, is that — despite being one of the world's largest solar companies — BP says it can't turn a profit on selling panels at a time while it spends $20 billion annually on its oil and gas businesses.
Despite its much-ballyhooed aim to move "beyond petroleum," BP has been quietly closing its solar panel factories in recent years, with around 1,750 workers laid off just in the last three years according to the Guardian. "At the same time," the report adds, "the company has gradually retreated from other areas such as carbon capture and storage and shut down its separate London headquarters for BP Alternative Energy."
Where BP is not scaling back its financial investment: sports, as a London 2012 Olympics partner, and the arts.Continue reading...
in the spotlight
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 20, 2011 02:00 PM
Having been lambasted by critics at its annual general meeting last week, BP is acknowledging today's one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, a tragedy that killed 11 workers and spilled five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, with a number of public communication efforts.Continue reading...