Set of Priorities

April 13, 2006By Mark FloegelBlog Post

A quarter century ago, when I began purchasing cigarettes and gasoline in significant quantities, a pack of smokes and a gallon of gas went for about the same price – 65 or 70 cents. Last week, a gallon gas was selling for about $2.65 in Vermont and while I was filling up, I noticed a … Read More

Bush bungling energy policy

April 12, 2006By Steve KretzmannBlog Post

Not that this is news on its own, but an ABC/Washington Post poll, released yesterday, shows that a whopping 74% believe he’s mishandling “the situation with gas prices”. Thanks to Greenpeace for the heads up.


April 12, 2006By Charlie CrayBlog Post

Now that Sy Hersh has exposed the administration’s plans to attack Iran (call it “reverse stovepiping”), civic leaders like Jesse Jackson are calling for a halt to the madness of would-be king George.

World “cannot meet oil demand”

April 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Revealing comments from Christophe de Margerie, head of exploration for Total and heir presumptive to the leadership of the French energy multinational. Interviewed by the Times earlier in the week he argued that the world lacks the means to produce enough oil to meet rising projections of demand for fuel over the next decade He … Read More

The Oil Bank Fuelling Conflict and Climate Change

April 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

One of Britain’s biggest private banks, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), has been criticised by UK research group, Platform for positioning itself as ‘the oil and gas bank’ and for providing the finance that is driving worldwide oil and gas projects. These projects will be at the expense of the communities and climate change.

Oil to Start Flowing From Northern Iraq

April 11, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A Norwegian independent energy company – DNO– plans to produce oil in Iraqi Kurdistan early next year after successful initial drilling. If further tests are also positive, it could lead to the first barrels produced by a foreign oil operator in Iraq and raise the question over who controls Iraq’s vast petroleum resources.

Tens of Thousands of Species At Risk Because of Climate Change

April 11, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Tens of thousands of animals and plants could become extinct within the coming decades as a direct result of climate change, according to a new study. Scientists believe that if atmospheric levels of CO2 double – as expected by 2100 – then biodiversity will be devastated, leading to a “catastrophic” loss of species.

Arnie in Show-Down on Global Warming

April 10, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Californian Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is said to be set for a show down after Democratic lawmakers unveiled legislation last week aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. The bill, backed by the Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and a whole host of environmental groups, sets firm limits on carbon dioxide emissions and goes further than recommendations … Read More

BP: Beyond Pathetic

April 10, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Given what we have been saying about BP on the site recently, it is amusing to read a a different angle from Thomas Borelli, the editor of and a senior fellow at The National Center for Public Policy Research, about BP’s advertising campaign.

Imperial Oil in Africa

April 7, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

A typically insightful piece from Anna Zalik and Michael Watts from the University of California on the deteriorating situation in the Niger Delta. Called “Imperial Oil: Petroleum Politics in the Nigerian Delta and the New Scramble for Africa”, it is worthwhile reading if you are interested in the effect of US geo-politics on Africa. Read … Read More