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- One of the issues that Oil Change has tried to highlight is how oil money corrupts and corrodes politics. Big Oil has always had hordes of cash to spend to influence legislation on energy and climate. Big Oil always expects to get its way as its pockets are deeper than its opponents. For years it...
Continue reading 'How Corporate Money Corrupted the Climate Bill'.
- I have heard UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown speak on many occasions. Often his tone comes across as a drab mixture of dour-Scotsman and Mr. Scrooge after a bad night out on the wiskey. But in his address yesterday to a joint session of Congress, he seemed electrified and animated. Some are now saying it...
Continue reading 'Brown to Congress: “End the Dictatorship of Oil”'.
- The breaking news from Canada is that the Conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper has been re-elected with an increased majority, although he has fallen some 10 to 12 votes short of an overall majority, something he desperately craved. Despite this, Harper’s political gamble to call a snap election has paid off, although he will still...
Continue reading 'Harper’s Victory is Bad News for the Environment'.
- Looking for something great to do on Saturday? All of us here at Oil Change urge you to join the National Day of Action for Green Jobs. Its a perfect way to address the crises in both our economy and our ecology at the same time. Green Jobs Now is a National Day of Action...
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- Britain’s embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown faces a growing call from trade unions for his government to impose a $2 billion windfall tax on energy companies, who have made billions from the high oil price. Whilst all the indications are that this will be ignored, Brown has come up with the novel idea of hosting...
Continue reading 'Gaddafi and Chávez Invited to Gordon’s Oil Summit'.
- We just don’t know when to stop. It looks like we are going to chase every drop of oil under every remote sea-bed, no matter the consequences. A fevered scramble for control of the world’s seabed is going on – mostly in secret – at a little known office of the United Nations in New...
Continue reading 'The Seabed Scramble'.
- Never trust a politician over climate change, that’s the lesson of this story. Britain’s £800m international project to help the poorest countries in the world adapt to climate change has come under fire after it emerged that almost all the money offered will have to be repaid with interest.
- Oh the irony, the poor starve, yet the rich squabble over subsidies. European biodiesel producers have triggered a fresh transatlantic trade war by urging the EU to impose punitive duties on cheap imports from the US. They claim that low-priced imports of biofuels are putting many European producers out of business. Their American rivals immediately...
Continue reading 'Trade War Over Biofuel Subsidies'.
- Developing countries, including China and India, are unwilling to sign up to a new global climate change pact to replace Kyoto because the rich world has failed to set a clear example on cutting CO2. That’s the blunt message from Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He argues that...
Continue reading 'Rich States have Failed on Climate Leadership'.
- Top climate negotiators from more than 160 nations launched a new round of talks in Bangkok today aimed at setting out what is meant to be the most ambitious treaty yet for battling global warming. Opening the five-day meeting with a video message, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged countries to work together to find...
Continue reading '“The state of our planet requires you to be ambitious”'.
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