“‘North Sea operators have paid over £330 billion of tax since the 1970s at tax rates significantly higher than onshore companies, therefore allowing tax relief on decommissioning ensures a fair tax system that gives companies good incentives to maximise economic recovery.’ [UK government’s department for business, energy and industrial strategy]
What is that justifying or explaining? Because oil and gas companies have paid due taxes on eye-watering profits in the past, the government can use taxpayers’ money for future decommissioning costs?” http://theconversation.com/i-asked-uk-government-why-its-spending-25-billion-dismantling-oil-platforms-heres-the-reply-94786
The UK government similarly applauds oil and gas companies for their impressive profits from contributing so generously to air quality and climate change.
Solitary bees were previously reluctant to take part.
“A spokesman for Syngenta, a neonicotinoid manufacturer, said: “Efsa sadly continues to rely on a [bee risk guidance] document that is overly conservative, extremely impractical and would lead to a ban of most if not all insecticides, including organic products.””
If organic produce is now classified as an insecticide, then chemical pesticides are no more effective than hurling rotten fruit at insects.