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

Exposing Exxon’s Pit Bull

April 7, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

Great article from Business Week Magazine about how Exxon attacked Greenpeace through an organisation called Public Interest Watch. Although this was recently reported in the Wall Street Journal, what was not reported was the role of the shadowy PR firm called Dezenhall Resources, whom the article calls the “pit bull of PR”.  If you want … Read More

BP’s Arctic Troubles Mount

April 6, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

For years oil analyst-turned whistleblower, Chuck Hamel, has been saying that the oil company operations in Alaska are a sham. He has become a conduit for whistleblowers working on the North Slope and for Alyeska -the joint pipeline company. They have bought to him information concerning corrosion, quality assurance, health and safety and many other … Read More