The 5 Gigatonne Gap

November 24, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

The mood may be different this year, but the message is the same. The time to act is now. If we are to keep global temperatures to below a 2 degrees Celsius rise, nations have to implement the pledges made in Copenhagen and much, much more. According to a new report compiled by the UN … Read More

A Small Window of Opportunity At Cancun

November 23, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

It has been adundently clear that since the Midterms, any small lingering hopes of a domestic push on climate legislation are dead in the water. As the Washington Post argued recently: “This is what the 2010 midterm elections will change about U.S. climate policy: Cap-and-trade was dead. Now it will be deader.” And the political … Read More

Time to Vote in the EU Worst Lobby Awards

November 19, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

It’s that time of year again. Over in Europe, a coalition of NGOs is running the “Worst EU Lobbying Awards” and one of the categories for this year’s award is “climate”. There are three nominees for companies and organisations who are the worst offenders when it comes to undermining action on climate change. To vote … Read More

“Insufficient Consideration of Risk” on BP Rig

November 17, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

If the oil industry is about one thing and one thing only it is not really about oil, it is about risk. How a company manages the geological, technical, safety and financial risk of its daily decisions determines whether the company stays ahead of its cut-throat competitors. Oil just happens to be the commodity that … Read More

Spillcam Enters the Psyche

November 16, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

In another signal of the legacy of BP’s spill, it has emerged that “Spillcam” was one of the top words of 2010, reflecting the impact the spill had around the globe. Along with words such as “vuvuzela”and Sarah Palin’s “Refudiate” — a morph of refute and repudiate – Spillcam made the annual Global Language Monitor … Read More

The Madness of US and EU Biofuels Policy

November 15, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Sometime you just cannot make sense of the madness. In its desire to rid itself of the ravages of foreign oil addiction, the US is subsidizing domestic ethanol production. The success of this programme means that nearly four out of ten bushels of this year’s corn crop will be made into fuel for your car. … Read More

Deepwater Disaster has “Long-Term Benefits”

November 11, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

I have explored enough on this blog how the perception that the Deepwater disaster would somehow be a game changer for the oil industry now looks wildly over optimistic and premature. There were always going to be winners and losers from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  But probably not many would have predicted that oil service … Read More