Feed29th March 2023
Activists of the BlockGas Alliance infiltrate European Gas Conference Gala Dinner to call out CorruptionEurope’s biggest networking event uniting fossil gas giants, lobbies, financial and european institutions around champagne and chandelliers was crashed by activists in Vienna yesterday night. Holding banners saying “Don’t Gas Africa” and “At What Costs?” they called out the racism and neocolonialism of Europe’s fossil-fuel addicted energy system.
Action video on Twitter and Instagram
1st February 2023
Academic Blog on the Gas Industrial Complex published in SOAS“The GIC, as a strictly decolonial and abolitionist framework, calls for uplifting the disproportionate ruination of Global Majority bodies, communities, livelihoods, and environments, both built and natural” reads the first article on the Gas Industrial Complex written by WeSmellGas.
Read Blog / Twitter Thread
30th January 2023
Explainer Video (2/2): The Gas Industrial ComplexWhat is the GIC? How is it operating? And where does the idea come from? WSG explains the fundamentals of the Gas Industrial Complex in the second of their explainer video series posted on Twitter and available on Vimeo. (4min)
1 7th January 2023
Explainer Video (1/2): Energy ColonialismGet a brief introduction into the history and relevance of the history of colonial exploitating in the first of two explainer videos posted on Twitter and Vimeo. Drawing on archive and contemporary footage from Algeria, it makes the links between colonial and corporate exploitation clear. (3min)
2nd November 2022
WeSmellGas executes Meme Action jointly with Gas Exit and Don’t Gas Africa in support of Open LetterThe letter reads: “Europe’s response to this [energy] crisis must not be to promote new oil and gas extraction and export infrastructure. This ‘dash for gas’ in Africa is dangerous and short-sighted.”
See action thread
26th October 2022
First High-Profile Disruptive Action by WSG taking place at European Hydrogen WeekIn the first ever high-profile disruptive action against hydrogen expansion, six activists interrupt John Cooper, CEO of Fuels Europe (representing companies such as Shell, BP, ENI, Total), speaking in Brussels. (2min)
See video on Twitter
20th October 2022
We are looking for new core members! Part-time work under freelance agreemt (See Applications page)This is an exciting opportunity to join the WeSmellGas collective that uses decolonial research, film-making and disruptive tactics to challenge EU fossil gas policies based on racialised capital and exploitation. More info on the Applications page
27th September 2022
New Report: The Hydrogen of North Africa / L’hydrogène d’Afrique du Nord (Report in French and Arabic)This report highlights the economic and technical flaws of the EU plan, ‘RePowerEU’, to import green hydrogen from North Africa. The report is a collaboration between the Transnational Institute and Corporate Observatory Europe.
26th June 2022
Energy policy decisions in 2022 cannot afford to create further fossil gas lock-ins. (Article)Amidst a climate crisis, the G7 needs to think about the unequal impacts of their energy policy more globally. This means ditching fossil gas and being transparent about hydrogen. Read more in our first blogpost below, also available in German and French.
17th May 2022
Hydrogen from North Africa – a neocolonial resource grab (Report in English)This article points out the key takeaways from the RePowerEU plan, the EU commission’s response to Russian energy dependency, and argues its plans to import green hydrogen is a ‘neocolonial resource grab’.
3rd May 2022
How gas companies influence EU policy and have pocketed €4 billion of taxpayers’ money (Article in English)
We recommend this 2020 Global Witness report, in which an international NGO dissects how gas companies influence EU policy and details the structure and effect of this intimate relationship alongside its different components. It concludes by providing recommendations on how to end the institutionalised influence of gas companies.
4th April 2022
Phaseout Pathways for Fossil Fuel Production (Report, summary on Twitter)
The Tyndall Centre’s report, led by researchers Kevin Anderson and Dan Calverley, details phaseout pathways for oil and gas production in different countries taking into account levels of wealth, development and economic reliance on fossil fuels. It argues the Paris goals leave no room for any nation to increase oil and gas production but importantly moves beyond critique to provide a route for a socially and ecologically resolution. The below link provides a useful twitter feed that breaks down the reports key findings in a digestible and accessible manner, for those who do not have the capacity to read the full report.
22nd March 2022
Rich countries must stop producing oiland gas by 2034, says study (Article)
The Guardian’s new article highlights key findings from the Tyndall Centre’s recent report on gas and oil production and its suggested strategy for a just and equitable phase out of fossil fuels.
16th March 2022
Who’s to blame for the rise in global gas prices? (Podcast)
In a recent episode from Al Jazeera’s ‘The Take’ climate correspondents and other journalists discuss what is behind the soaring of gas prices, its links to the Ukraine-Russian conflict and who is really behind the rise in cost. (22min)
3rd March 2022
What have fossil fuels got to do with the invasion of Ukraine? (Podcast)In ‘Science Weekly’s’ new episode The Guardian’s Environmental correspondent explains how Russia has weaponized Europe’s heavy dependency on its fossil fuels, and discusses how this could be an opportunity to shift to greener sources of energy on a large scale (14min).
30th January 2023
The Gas Industrial Complex (Video 2/2)
17th January 2023
Energy Colonialism (Video 1/2)
26th June 2022