“We don’t want the world to boil, no coal, no oil!”

March 3, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Despite the biting cold weather they came in their thousands, prepared to undertake the largest-ever act of civil disobedience on climate change in the US. They were wrapped up warm, but wore hard hats, boiler suits and face masks, they dressed as dirty chimneys, or were in their “Sunday Best”. There was a real festival … Read More

Great Rhetoric Versus Political Reality

February 25, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

The pundits have been positively purring over President Obama’s first address to Congress, where he warned of the “day of reckoning.” “We will rebuild, we will recover,” Mr Obama said, adding: “Now is the time to act boldly and wisely.” The speech was Obama’s most upbeat assessment of recovery yet, after months of warning how … Read More

Controversial Oil Leases Cancelled in Utah

February 6, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

I hope this one really annoys George W, the recently departed President of the United States and his oil industry cronies. In what is a signal that Obama’s administration is changing direction in relation to energy poicy on public lands, the newly installed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has cancelled 77 highly controversial oil and gas … Read More

After the speech, we wait for action..

January 21, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

So finally Bush has gone and Obama has arrived. For anyone watching yesterday’s inauguration, there was a real sense of history being made. But as Obama made his inauguration address, everyone was looking for clues as to what an Obama presidency will really mean in practice.

Bush’s Final “Bull-dozer” Stopped in its Tracks

January 20, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Millions of people will this afternoon stop what they are doing and watch President Obama’s inauguration. Whilst there is a real sense of history being made today, let’s not forget we should celebrate the end of eight disastrous years of the Bush Administration. Bush’s supporters have been out in force recently trying to attack his … Read More

Utah’s Own “Shoe Thrower” Disrupts Bush Auction

December 23, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Over the last eight years, millions of people have protested and marched against the injustices, excesses and ineptitude of the Bush Administration. The most recent and most famous is now the Iraqi journalist, Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who threw his shoes at Bush uttering the words, “That is a farewell kiss, you dog.” But he is not … Read More

Sex, Drugs, Rock and Oil …

September 12, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

It reads like something from a sordid novel rather than the government’s dealings with the oil industry. But an extensive investigation has found an extraordinary cozy relationship between the government and the industry. Officials in charge of collecting billions of dollars worth of royalties from oil and gas companies accepted gifts, steered contracts to favored … Read More

Bush Lifts US Oil Exploration Ban

July 15, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 3 Comments

We have said it before and we will say it again. Once an oilman always an oilman. You can’t get crude out from your veins. Yesterday, in a sop to his oil industry buddies, George W. Bush lifted an executive order banning oil exploration in US waters. It was a political move aimed at ratcheting … Read More