Gas is No “Panacea” For Climate Change

Gas is No “Panacea” For Climate Change

As the old saying goes “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck.” And if it smells like a fossil fuel and is produced by the fossil fuel industry, then it probably is a fossil fuel. So despite the best efforts by the oil … Read More

Dash for Shale Gas Undermines Wind

Dash for Shale Gas Undermines Wind

The last time that America’s pro-wind lobby came together for its regular get-together was in California in 2007. That time there were 5,000 attendees and the installed wind capacity in the US was 17 gigawatts. Four years later and on the surface it is a success story for America’s pro-wind lobby. Yesterday saw the opening … Read More

Oil and Investor Risk

Private international oil companies have limited opportunities for growing their oil production. They have been forced to go to the extremes to pursue oil wherever they can get it.

Independent oil & gas producers don’t need subsidies any more than big oil does

Independent oil & gas producers don’t need subsidies any more than big oil does

The Independent Petroleum Producers Association is currently in overdrive parading a commissioned study that makes a number of claims about its member’s value to the economy. According to the study, independent oil and gas producers drill most of the wells in the country, create millions of jobs and pay billions in taxes and royalties. Furthermore, … Read More

UK Gov: its “crazy” not to prepare a low-carbon future

UK Gov: its “crazy” not to prepare a low-carbon future

Three years ago during the last oil price hike when oil reached $150 a barrel, there were repeated calls for a concerted effort for the international community to finally wean itself off its chronic oil addiction. There were repeated calls that the combined financial crisis and energy crunch was a prefect reason to kick-start the … Read More

Deepwater’s Forgotten Villain

Deepwater’s Forgotten Villain

When you think of the Deepwater disaster earlier this year, of course the main company responsible for the spill that springs to mind is BP, the operator of the rig. The next villain in the story is Transocean, the owner of the rig. One name that does not automatically jump out is Anadarko, the minority … Read More

USA Becomes A Fractured Nation

USA Becomes A Fractured Nation

On Saturday the outgoing Democratic governor of New York State, David Paterson ordered a seven-month moratorium on some natural gas drilling in the state. He issued an executive order prohibiting high-volume hydraulic fracturing of horizontally drilled wells. The order stands until July 1. Hydraulic fracturing which is also known as fracking, involves blasting millions of … Read More

The Game Remains the Same

The Game Remains the Same

In the days after the BP oil spill, many environmentalists argued that the spill would be a “game-changer”, that it would facilitate the transition to a clean energy future. But any new legislation that might have been introduced after the spill that placed stricter regulations on offshore drilling is not likely to come into force, … Read More

Compromise Can Be Dirty

Compromise Can Be Dirty

As people still digest the new political landscape in Washington, there is no doubt that the oil and gas industry lobbyists will be salivating at the prospect of dealing with some of their old friends, who will soon be in important positions. To give you just one example: The prospect of Joe Barton becoming the … Read More

OCI Staff & Board

Oil Change International Staff Oil Change International was founded in 2005 on the belief that in order to facilitate the necessary transition towards a clean energy future and combat global warming, we must expose and counter the influence of fossil fuel money in politics, work toward a separation of oil and state, and follow the … Read More