Energy giant Shell made £8.2bn in the last quarter despite the ongoing energy crisis. Initial reports from The Times indicated that they hadn’t paid any tax at all on this massive profit margin.
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:
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:
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:
One social media user quipped that it was good to see Shell’s struggling shareholders finally get a pay rise:
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.