But, it’s even worse than that. It turns out Shell actually received a tax rebate from the UK government for the firm’s North Sea operations:
Shell tells me it's actually received a tax rebate from the UK government for its North Sea operations so far this year 👀
(Shell's global profits so far this year: $30 billion) https://t.co/0NzySflvZA
— Emily Gosden (@emilygosden) October 27, 2022
As the tweet shows, Shell’s global profits were $30 billion this year. None of which has any direct bearing on you, because neither you nor your chilly grandma will see any of it.
Experts have suggested it might be time to enforce a windfall tax. Do you think? The New Economy Organisers Network tweeted that government excuses for letting global mega-corporations off the hook weren’t adding up:
Shell have doubled their profits in just 3 months to £8.2 billion. The government is saying it has to make difficult choices, but here's a really easy option to help out families who are struggling this winter – a windfall tax on windfall profits.@tessakhan of @ThisWinterUK pic.twitter.com/xdqjDjtPhA
— New Economy Organisers Network (@NEON_UK) October 27, 2022
Tessa Khan of the campaign group Warm This Winter told Talk TV that energy companies were benefitting without doing any work:
These are really classically windfall profits, or excess profits as they have been described.
She added that even despite the government price cap:
Seven million households are still going to be in fuel poverty this winter.
Shell’s outrageous profits were analysed by commenters like trade unionist Howard Beckett, who marvelled at the hourly profit rates:
UK Shell Oil have just this minute announced a further doubling of their profits.
£8bn profits in just 13 weeks. A profit rate of £3.6 million every hour.
We are being ripped off.
— Howard Beckett (@BeckettUnite) October 27, 2022
One social media user quipped that it was good to see Shell’s struggling shareholders finally get a pay rise:
Some good news at last today. Shell Oil has made £8bn in profits on top of the £28bn it made a few months ago. It's about time those struggling share holders had a decent pay rise. £1000 per second in profits will keep the wolf from the door. pic.twitter.com/Wl7DAXirWy
— Jim Gardner 🇺🇦 (@Jim_Gardner_) October 27, 2022
Tax them now!
Shell and the rest of the energy giants are clearly getting mate’s rates from governments – including our own. They’ve done nothing to deserve what are effectively doubled profits. And even when they do pay a bit of tax, they get a rebate from the British state. That’s the same British state which could intervene and set fair energy prices, but has chosen not to despite the implications for people who can’t afford to heat their homes.
Even a modest windfall tax could help millions of households through the winter if it was enforced properly – but, of course, that must be the first step in a move away from fossil fuels altogether.
Featured image via Wikimedia Commons/Steven Lek, cropped to 770 x 403, licenced under CC BY-SA 4.0.
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