Function usually goes with the muffled language of diplomacy. On August 3, however, the Secretary General of the United Nations harshly attacked the multinational hydrocarbons. “It is immoral that they are making record profits out of this energy crisis, on the backs of the poorest people and communities, at a massive cost to the climate,” hammered the former leader of the Portuguese Socialist Party . Antonio Guterres blasted their “ridiculous greed”, as they made $100 billion in profits in the first quarter of 2022. Faced with this behavior, he called “all governments to tax these excessive profits, and use these funds to support the most vulnerable in these difficult times”. Message received at the Élysée?