Oh Oedipus – Its Time to Lift the Curse of Oil

January 8, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

On the 4th January 1993, some 300,000 Ogoni celebrated the Year of Indigenous Peoples by peacefully protesting against Shell’s activities and  environmental destruction of Ogoniland in the Niger Delta. It remains the largest demonstration against an oil company ever. “We have woken up to find our lands devastated by agents of death called oil companies.

“I Will Point Out Hypocricy”

November 21, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

As the price of oil plummets below $50 a barrel, the price of gasoline falls too. The high oil prices and record gas prices of the summer now seem years away. As we fill up our cars, the temptation will be that cheaper motoring will mean more motoring. But not if the friendly folks from … 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

ASA tells Shell “You can’t greenwash tar sands”

August 13, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

There was always going to be a massive problem for the oil industry over the massive gap between its green rhetoric and its recent investment in the most polluting fuel on the planet, tar sands. Moreover, how do you reconcile trying to be green whilst exploiting tar sands? Even more bizarrely why would you try … Read More

Spare a Thought for Bob at BP

March 11, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

When the history of BP is written, poor Robert White will probably not get a mention. Tucked away in Canada Tower in London, Robert – shall we call him Bob –is in the Group Trade Mark Department. Although it may not be the most glamorous of jobs, it is vital in defending the BP image … Read More

First Biofuel Flight Dismissed as Stunt

February 25, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

The world’s first commercial aircraft powered partly by biofuel took off from Heathrow yesterday to a storm of criticism from climate change experts, who insisted it was nothing more than Sir Richard Branson’s latest “nonsensical” publicity stunt. The Virgin Atlantic 747 flew from London to Amsterdam using a 20 per cent biofuel mix of coconut … Read More

From Beyond Petroleum to Big Polluter

February 8, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Interesting blog from the Canada’s Globe and Mail. Andrew Willis from the Globe looks at the recent criticism BP has gotten for investing in oil sands. Notice the dichotomy between the city investors that argue BP should invest in oil sands and those worried by the climate that think its a stupid idea.

Shell Ditched As Sponsor Of Top Wildlife Competition

January 29, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Shell’s two year tenure as sponsor of the London’s Natural History Museum’s “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” exhibition has come to an end. A determined, creative two year national campaign, coordinated in part by the direct action group Rising Tide and its Art Not Oil offshoot, helped to force the Museum to ditch Shell.

A “Green Hummer” – you are having a laugh…

January 14, 2008By Andy RowellBlog Post

Now its getting silly. The American motor industry’s rush to greenwash its products has now even affected the Hummer, with GM announcing yesterday an ethanol-powered version of the military-style vehicle. General Motors kicked off the Detroit motor show by revealing biofuel-propelled prototypes of a Hummer, even though the car does just 16 litres per 100km … Read More