Britain's Power Struggle

As fuel prices soar, oil companies Shell and BP announce "extreme" profits and Prime Minister Brown admits he's worried about consumers' ability to pay

The price of power and who foots the bill for Britain's rocketing energy costs took centre stage yesterday as the oil giants Shell and BP unveiled huge combined profits of £7.2bn, made in just three months, and consumers were hit with a new round of steep rises in prices from gas and electricity to air travel.

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