Koching up the Tar Sands

March 28, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

This is not looking so good. Firstly you have the multi-billionaire Koch Brothers, darlings of the Tea Party, who are the current cash providers for climate change denial industry. And then you have the dirty Albertan tar sands where the oil is so much more carbon intensive to extract that it will help cook the … Read More

Safety of Blow-Out Preventers “Just Hot Air”

March 24, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

One of the final puzzles of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been solved. It is a mystery no more. A question that continues to haunt many in BP and in the oil industry is why did the supposed fail-safe mechanism to prevent a blowout, called the blowout preventer (BOP), actually fail. And fail so spectacularly. … Read More

UK Gov Drops Consumer Levy on CCS

March 23, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

If we are going to carry on burning fossil fuels, then either the climate will slowly fry, or we have to find a way to stop carbon dioxide frying the climate. One way is to bury it. One of the most controversial techniques is Carbon, Capture and Storage, where the CO2 will be captured and … Read More

Two Disasters, One Conflict, One Bad Result

March 21, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Two years ago the oil price hit the floor at $33 a barrel. Today, on the back of the Libyan conflict, the price for Brent Crude is $116 a barrel. Two years ago, development of the Canadian tar sands was stalling with many projects being put on hold. According to the International Energy Agency, the … Read More

Over 20% of Nuke Reactors on Fault Lines

March 16, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

For the last two decades the nuclear industry has undertaken one of the most sophisticated public relations exercises in order to try and show the world that the technology is safe, secure, clean and green. They have very nearly succeeded. We are on the cusp of a nuclear revival, driven largely because of climate change. … Read More

“The chain is as strong as the weakest link”

March 15, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The unfolding nuclear emergency in Japan once again highlights the vulnerability of our centralised energy infrastructure to major disasters or even a potential terrorist attack. At the moment all efforts must go to containing and controlling the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant. When this is done, at some time serious questions need to be … Read More

OPEC’s “Fictional” Comfort Blanket

March 9, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

Many people are now getting jittery about Saudi Arabia. Protesters in the Kingdom have called for a “day of rage” his Friday to show their dissatisfaction with King Abdullah’s regime. Meanwhile the King has tried to head off serious unrest in the country by pledging to boost spending on housing, social welfare and education. And … Read More