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Is Britain a petro-state?

From Shell and BP to North Sea oil, modern Britain was floated on an ocean of black gold. But as we face climate breakdown, the addiction needs to end. Explore how oil shaped Britain, and what comes next.

10 June 2021, 12.01am

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James Marriott Co-author of ‘Crude Britannia: How Oil Shaped a Nation’ and artist/activist at Platform
Terry Macalister Co-author of ‘Crude Britannia’ and former energy editor, The Guardian
Mika Minio-Paluello Energy economist, the UK Trades Union Congress
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