Energy Security Fears Haunt G8 Finance Meeting

June 12, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

The G8 Summit in St. Petersburg is now just weeks away but last weekend saw the city host a meeting of the G8’s Finance Ministers. Although there was said to be “plenty of smiles and warm words about friendship and collaboration”, the politicians failed to find unity over the sensitive issue of energy security.

Putin Talks Tough With EU

May 26, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is said to have “icily” rejected US and EU criticism of Russia’s blatant use of gas resources as a political weapon in a dispute with Ukraine earlier in the year. More importantly he also publicly rebuffed European attempts to gain access to his country’s vast gas pipeline network. Putin’s tough stance … Read More

Monbiot: Why Fossil Fuels Are Best

April 25, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Celebrated UK green activist and Guardian columnist, George Monbiot, today argues that “This is embarrassing, but I’ve become a fossil fuel supporter”. He argues: “I find myself at odds with almost everyone, by deciding, at the worst possible moment, that in one respect at least our battle against climate change depends on neither nuclear power … Read More

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.

UK: Running Out of Gas

March 14, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Britain is in danger of running out of gas. Yesterday, the National Grid that is responsible for Britain’s gas and electricity network, issued an unprecedented warning – called a “gas balancing alert” – warning that there was not enough gas to meet demand. Gas supplies to some businesses might have to be reduced. Not surprisingly, … Read More