The Man Who Sold the Planet

June 1, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The headline says it all: “The Man Who Sold the Planet”. Today’s Independent newspaper launches a major offensive at Exxon and Lee Raymond, the “Darth Vader of global warming” for their “denial that carbon emissions cause climate change”. Reporting on yesterday’s Exxon AGM, the paper says: “Lee Raymond, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, has … Read More

Big Oil: Big Profits But in Big Trouble

June 1, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Hot on the heels of Business Week laying into the oil majors, now the Financial Times is doing it too. Although they are making “unprecedented profits” and have returned well over $120bn to shareholders, the FT says these are “uncertain times for the international oil companies”. Once again the issue of gaining access to reserves … Read More

General Motors: Lets Guzzle Away The War on Terror

May 31, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Great Op-Ed by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times today, who likens General Motors to a “crack dealer looking to keep his addicts on a tight leash”, after the company announced its “fuel price protection program” that guarantees gasoline at a capped price of $1.99 a gallon, with no limit on mileage.

Friends of the Earth’s Novel View on Climate Change

May 31, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

How do you get people interested in climate change? Well, Friends of the Earth UK thinks it has the answer. It has just published an amusing video on the issue, featuring a female “dominatrix”, a whip and a politician tied to the bed, with an orange stuffed in his mouth! Called the “Sticky Question” it … Read More

Canada: Scrap Kyoto

May 30, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Two weeks ago we blogged how Canada was back-tracking on it climate change commitments. Now, it seems, the country has gone further and said that it wants the Kyoto Agreement scapped altogether.

Exxon Faces More Pressure For Action on Climate

May 30, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

How long can Exxosaurus hold out before it takes action? It may dismiss concerns from environmentalists but it is coming under increasing pressure from shareholders to take decisive action over climate change. This time its pressure from the treasurers of seven US states and one city who are pressuring Exxon’s board of directors for a … Read More

Putin Talks Tough With EU

May 26, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is said to have “icily” rejected US and EU criticism of Russia’s blatant use of gas resources as a political weapon in a dispute with Ukraine earlier in the year. More importantly he also publicly rebuffed European attempts to gain access to his country’s vast gas pipeline network. Putin’s tough stance … Read More

Sceptic Ads Are “A Deliberate Effort to Mislead”

May 25, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A senior scientist whose work is being featured in adverts produced by the Exxon-funded Competitive Enterprise Insitute, has condemned them as “a deliberate effort to mislead.” Professor Curt Davis of the University of Missouri-Columbia whose study on Antarctic ice sheets is used in the adverts, says they “are confusing and misleading the public.” The adverts … Read More

Big Oil Goes on the Offensive With Advertising and Lobbying

May 25, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

As Big Oil comes under attack for high gas prices, “price gouging”, record profits and huge pay-outs to executives, it is spending millions on advertising to win over a skeptical public. They have also increased their lobbying efforts in Washington to reassure an increasingly hostile Congress.