BP Looks to Oil Sands as Peak Oil Beckons

October 29, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

A taskforce of eight leading British engineering, utility and transport companies is predicting the world will reach peak oil in three to five years. The taskforce looked at three possible scenarios: a collapse in production, a decline, or a plateauing of production once peak oil is reached. Taskforce chairman, ex-Greenpeace scientist and chair of SolarCentury, … Read More

Harper’s Victory is Bad News for the Environment

October 15, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

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 … Read More

Oil Sands: From Boom to Bust

October 8, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Banks may be going bust at an unprecedented rate, but the financial crisis could start hitting oil development, no more so in Alberta, where the high oil price is a pre-requisite for profitable investment. This is OilWeek’s gloomy assessment “Plummeting oil prices and the stock market meltdown have raised concern that Alberta´s energy boom may … Read More

The Flawed Defence of “Dirty Oil”

September 18, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

It was inevitable that some sections of the Canadian press would defend tar sands, but the arguments they are using are fundamentally flawed. In an editorial entitled “’Dirty oil’ beats bloody oil” today, the Calgary Herald tries to hit back at recent moves (see blog here) that highlight the financial risks of oil sands. The … Read More

The “You’ve Got To Be Kidding” Department

August 22, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

As news leaks out that the Alberta’s government has launched a C$25 million PR campaign to greenwash oil sands, here is Kenny’s final post from Alberta. Kenny goes behind the spin: “The rest of the world must share that hope. Through no choice of his own, Coutoreille and the First Nations of Fort Chip are … Read More