Expect a New Backlash On Climate Science

January 13, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The news reported in the scientific journal Nature this month that trees might be account for about 10 to 30 per cent of the potent greenhouse gas methane that is entering the atmosphere is a gift to climate skeptics and the oil industry. For years they have tried to argue that man-made emissions were not … Read More

Fat Profits by OPEC Too

January 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

BP is not the only one making obscene amounts of money from oil at the moment. The US Department of Energy has forecast that OPEC’s revenues will increase by 10 per cent to a record $522bn this year – this would be the largest in real terms in 25 years.

From Russia With Love

January 10, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Chris Finlayson obviously likes a big challenge. Having been running Shell’s highly controversial operations in Nigeria, where the company has repeatedly been cited for environmental pollution and for being complicit in human rights abuses, he has moved to head up Shell’s operations in Russia.

Green is the New Red, White and Blue

January 6, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Wimps! Sissies! Cowardly! Un-American! That’s what Cheney, Bush and co are, according to Times pundit Thomas Friedman, because they won’t embrace alternative energy. He says “green is the new, red, white and blue,” meaning that getting off our oil addiction is a “national security imperative” and that energy efficiency and conservation is “the most tough-minded, … Read More

Montreal Fall-Out – Historic Step or Risible Rubbish?

January 4, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Some two weeks after the UN Montreal talks scraped together an 11th hour deal on climate change there is still a raging debate on whether it was a good deal or not. Environmental groups from Europe were surprising upbeat about Montreal in the immediate aftermath. Friends of the Earth called it an “historic step” forwards … Read More