A good old pension – pity about the climate

February 8, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Yesterday saw BP join Shell and Exxon in reporting record profits of $19.3bn (£11bn). What the three company results highlight is the fundamental flaw of how they are valued by city investors. As both Shell and BP posted record profits their share price actually went down as the profits were not as large as some … Read More

Brower on oil addiction

February 2, 2006By Steve KretzmannBlog Post

A sustainable society must depend upon renewable resources, which oil cannot be. It must recycle nonrenewable resources, and burned oil cannot be recycled. It needs to restore the base of renewable resources — our forests, soils, cities and human minds.

Old School Profits – More on Exxon Mobil’s fat profits

January 31, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The news that ExxonMobil has just posted the highest profits in history should bring down to earth those congenital optimists who, for the last 20 years or so, have been claiming that the best way to do well is to do good. ExxonMobil got their record-breaking billions the old fashioned way: through high oil prices.

Exxon Mobil Makes Biggest Profit in Corporate History

January 31, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Oil giant Exxon Mobil yesterday reported the biggest profit in corporate history- some $36.1bn (£20bn) after tax for 2005. The profit was on the back of soaring oil prices. The company’s turnover – some $371bn – would make it the 17th biggest economy, just behind Russia but ahead of Taiwan or Sweden. The obscene profit … Read More

UK Climate Change Strategy “Paralysed”

January 31, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

More on that story of Britain’s stagnated climate change strategy. The Guardian reports how the strategy has “been paralysed for seven months by a dispute between two Whitehall departments.” So yesterday we find out that Blair says climate change is worse than previously thought – the greatest threat facing humanity. Today we read about the … Read More

Even Blair Says We are in Trouble Because of Climate Change

January 30, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair has admitted that climate change could be much more serious than previously thought in a new government report on global warming published today. The report is a major update to a scientific conference held in Exeter last year by the British government on the subject.

Two continents: Same message: The solutions are there.

January 27, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Let’s move on from the last blog about the political will being needed to make technological change. Two reports on two different continents show how we could reduce our oil dependency now, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions given political will and economic investment.