Listen now | Former BP boss on what Big Oil knew
Initially I found this a surprisingly reasonable conversation, bearing in mind the polar opposites being represented, but then a few things started to niggle me.
“The world has always been in crisis”, sounds very much like “The climate has always changed”. Surely the scale and momentum of the Climate and Biodiversity crises, not to mention all the others that listeners to this podcast are painfully aware of, is a different order of magnitude than humanity has seen before, or am I just catastrophising?
John Browne mentioned the 1953 Iran coup but omitted the role of Britain and the CIA in removing the democratically elected government and how BP emerged from the Anglo-Iranian oil company.
I’d be interested to hear whether in his opinion BP were funding Climate misinformation, directly or indirectly during his tenure.
After BP, John Browne was Chairman of the fracking company Cuadrilla. I’d be interested to hear how he squares that post with the Climate credentials he is trying to cultivate with Beyond Net Zero.
In short, not convinced.
Quite a lot of apologist waffle. Admittedly I struggled to listen and only got about halfway. To my ear he is an expert in misdirection and elite-narrative. Another obtuse plutocratic shrug at the systemic basis of the issues so the hyper-capitalists can get on with becoming richer still off a privatised green transition while happily blaming inescapable human nature for all the externalities. I don’t think this is the hero we’re looking for.
This must have been SO frustrating for you as an interviewer. I’m guessing you were hoping for insights on how to act urgently from an oil industry and establishment insider. But al you got was self justifying bullshit. Its great to hear from people outside our usual echo chamber. But I feel only if they have some useful insights on how to bring about change and can be kept focused on that. I felt your interview with Alastair Campbell was great like this. He had real insights from his professional expertise in communications. But John Browne- ughhh! Ps thanks so much for your excellent podcasts!
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