United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres slammed the “grotesque greed” of oil and gas companies and their financial backers and urged governments globally to “tax these excessive profits” to support the most vulnerable people. This, Al Jazeera reports, as the two largest United States oil companies – Exxon Mobil and Chevron – plus British-based Shell and France’s TotalEnergies combined earned nearly $51bn in the most recent quarter, almost double what the group brought in a year-ago.