IEA Demands Urgent Action on Energy

November 8, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The International Energy Agency has predicted that global carbon dioxide emissions would increase by a staggering 55 per cent between now and 2030, unless “urgent” action was taken by governments and consumers. That is the catastrophic scenario of continuing with “business as usual” depicted in its annual World Economic Outlook.

Energy Features in Mid-Terms

November 7, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

So its judgment day in the US mid-terms. Most pundits believe that the Democrats will makes gains but whether it will be enough to overturn the Republican majorities in both the House and Senate is anyone’s guess. It’s up to the voters now. There is no doubt that the Iraq war will be a major … Read More

India Expands Wind Market

November 7, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

India’s growing economy – and with it its increasing emissions of carbon dioxide – are often cited as one of the reasons why countries such as America refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol. The argument went like this: Why should America hurt its economy by reducing emissions, when China and India were free to grow … Read More

Biggest UK Oil Rig Project For A Generation Announced

November 6, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

25,000 people may have marched through London demanding urgent action on climate change and delegates are in Nairobi for the most crucial climate talks in recent years. But it is business as usual for the oil industry. The biggest drilling rig construction project undertaken in Britain for more than a generation has just been announced.

Bush: Actually, it IS about oil

November 5, 2006By Steve KretzmannBlog Post 1 Comment

While talking to Rush Limbaugh last week, and in his last minute campaign barnstorming for Republican candidates, George Bush confirmed his fear of Islamic extremists who “control oil resources” – and then immediately talked about “a country that doesn’t like us with a nuclear weapon”. You think maybe he’s thinking about Iran? “Give me a … Read More

Bush Administration Lets Chevron Off the Hook

November 2, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The US Interior Department has dropped claims that Chevron systematically underpaid the government for natural gas produced in the Gulf of Mexico, a decision that could allow energy companies to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties, the New York Times has reported.

BP Slashed Budgets, Despite Safety Warnings

November 2, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The scale of BP’s safety problems have been highlighted with the publication of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board’s (CSB) preliminary findings into the company’s Texas refinery fire that killed fifteen people. The Board found that top officials at BP allowed widespread budget cuts at the refinery even though they were well aware … Read More