T. Boone to the Rescue…

July 9, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 6 Comments

After a meeting today of the G8 and leading developing countries, the two groups finally said they shared a “joint vision” for action on climate change. But the statement made no mention of any specific target for cutting emissions, and gave no baseline date from when the cuts might begin. Yesterday the G8 called for … Read More

The answer is blowing in the wind

May 13, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Two decades from now Americans could get as much electricity from wind turbines as from nuclear power plants, according to a new government report. The report, a collaboration between the Energy Department research labs and industry, concludes wind energy could generate 20 percent of the nation’s electricity by 2030, about the same share now produced … Read More

Democrats Seek Special Tax on Oil Profits

May 8, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 3 Comments

Democrats in the US Senate yesterday called for a temporary special tax on oil companies’ profits and a rollback of $17 billion in oil industry tax breaks as part of an energy package. The proposed 25 percent profits tax would apply just to oil company earnings above what would be considered “reasonable” and only if … Read More

The “two word” key to lower gas prices…

May 5, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Yesterday, New York’s Senator Chuck Schumer, went on TV to say that there are two words that are the key to lower gas prices: “Saudi” and “Arabia.” According to the state’s Senior Senator, the US should withhold arms deals until the Saudis increase oil production. Schumer seemed to be competing with his junior colleague Hillary … Read More

Kazakhstan Considers Crude Export Tax

April 7, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Kazakhstan is making the international oil majors twitchy by saying it may impose a crude oil export duty as soon as mid-2008 to stabilise supplies on the domestic market. According to the Deputy Energy Minister Lyazzat Kiinov, the government is due to discuss the energy ministry’s draft proposals tomorrow, and set a date for sometime … Read More

Bush: America Must “Get Off Oil”

March 6, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

Oh the irony. For years President Bush has been intertwined with the oil industry. For years his Administration has done everything in its power to give the industry tax breaks to bolster its profits. Urged by millions around the world to take the lead on climate change, Bush has instead been as sceptical as the … Read More

Democrats Unveil New Energy Tax Package

February 13, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post, Separate Oil and State

In the US, Democrats have unveiled a new wide-ranging, $17.5 billion renewable energy and building-efficiency bill even though Republicans have repeatedly blocked their efforts in the Senate. In renewing their push, Democrats are relying on the same financing plan that produced Senate opposition last year, repealing tax breaks granted to oil and gas companies.

Eight hours and 180 degrees

December 20, 2007By Steve KretzmannBlog Post 5 Comments

Auto makers finally face higher fuel efficiency standards in the US. Sort of. After years of holding out against anything to do with climate change, President George Bush finally signed into law an energy bill establishing higher fuel-economy standards for new cars and other conservation measures. And then 8 hours later he completely sabotaged states … Read More