Democrats Promise to End Big Oil Subsidies

June 19, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 3 Comments

The Democrats have announced key issues on which they will fight the mid-term elections in November. These include eliminating subsidies for oil and gas companies as well as a 25 percent reduction in oil use by 2020, largely by developing fuel alternatives in the United States. “We want to send our energy money to the … Read More

Had Enough of Big Oil?

June 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 4 Comments

Oil Change’s Separate Oil and State campaign is just about to kick-off big time. The ad below is ready to run in newspapers like the Washington Post and the New York Times. The House just authorized drilling in the Arctic, the Bush Administration is still slashing energy efficiency programs, and both are opposing any kind … Read More

Climate Change More of a Threat Than Global Terrorism

June 16, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The US and UK Government’s obsession with the “War on Terror”, recently renamed the “Long War” by military commanders is completely counter-productive and misguided, according to a leading UK think-tank. It is also distracting politicians from more fundamental threats to global security, such as climate change.

Talking Real Money

June 15, 2006By Mark FloegelBlog Post

In the produce section at the grocery store the other day, I was pleased to see cherries are in season. I wasn’t pleased to see they cost nine dollars a pound. These were not organic cherries but conventional, pesticide-sprayed fruit. What makes them expensive is that they were trucked in from Michigan or Washington State … Read More

Grand Jury Lawyers Trawl Through BP Offices

June 15, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

There will be humiliation for BP this week, when its Alaskan Division will have to open up its offices to US lawyers working for a federal grand jury in Anchorage who are investigating the March spill of 270,000 gallons of crude oil. The lawyers will be crawling over BP’s Prudhoe Bay operations for nine days. … Read More

Night Flights Worse for Climate

June 15, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Sick of those red-eye flights? Well you can get more sleep and help the fight against global warming by no longer flying at night. The reason? A new study has found that the condensation trails, or contrails, left by the exhaust of aircraft engines contribute more to global warming during the night than by day. … Read More

EPA Watered Down Laws on Behalf of Oil Industry

June 14, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Not convinced yet of the need to Separate Oil and State? Great article in yesterday’s LA Times, that exposes how a “rule designed by the US Environmental Protection Agency to keep groundwater clean near oil drilling sites was loosened after White House officials rejected it amid complaints by energy companies that it was too restrictive”.

BP and Shell: Stop Spinning the Truth

June 13, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Good article by George Monbiot in today’s Guardian, attacking Shell and BP’s for greenwashing and spinning the truth. He talks about the BP spill in Alaska that we have been blogging about requently on the site. “For a company that claims to have moved “beyond petroleum”, BP has managed to spill an awful lot of … Read More

BP: The Days of Cheap Oil Are Not Over

June 13, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Lord Browne, BP’s chief executive, went against the grain of recent energy hikes and said that within a few years crude oil prices would be $40 a barrel or even lower. “It is very likely that, in the medium term, prices will stand at about $40 on average. In the very long run, even $25 … Read More