Iraq: BP Wins the Prize

June 30, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

A consortium led by oil giant BP and China’s CNPC has today won the contract for the vast Rumaila oil field – the largest oil field in Iraq and one of the biggest in the world. The acquisition will be seen as a huge boost to BP, which has been seeking to get control of … Read More

The “mother of all sell-outs”

June 19, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

UPDATE 6/24: The Wall St. Journal has an interesting article on this. Way back in November 2002, as the build up to the war in Iraq gathered pace, then British Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared on the Arabic Service of Monte Carlo radio, in an address targeted at the Iraqi people. “The idea that this … Read More

The Beginning of the End of Oil?

June 11, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 3 Comments

Is this the beginning of the end of the oil age? Are we finally falling out of love with black gold? The end may not be coming not because we are running out of it, but because demand is alowly decreasing through increased energy efficiency. It will not be sudden, but a death of a … Read More

Carbon Offsetting is “Fundamentally Flawed”

June 2, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

As the pressure for an international deal grows in Copenhagen, one of the corner-stones of any solution will be carbon offsetting, where rich, polluting countries supposedly offset their rising emissions by investing in  “clean” projects in developing countries. Off-setting will be high on the agenda at the next round of climate talks in Bonn this … Read More

Fossil Fuel Lobby’s $45 Million Propaganda Campaign

May 13, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

You really did not expect them to lie down and roll over without a fight did you?  Yesterday we highlighted how the sceptics were gearing up for one last push to undermine the science of climate change. Today its the turn of the oil and coal companies who are pouring millions into scuppering the Democrat’s … Read More

“No longer will petroleum be the only game in town”

April 24, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

California has long liked to set the trend that others follow: whether it be movies, fashion, celebrities or even clean air. And yesterday was another first. It adopted the world’s first regulation to limit greenhouse gas emissions from transport fuels. The State’s Air Resources Board adopted a regulation expected to slash gasoline consumption by 25% … Read More

Iraq: Politicians Pledge to “Push Shell Out”

April 20, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Only last Thursday, the boss of oil company Shell Jeroen van der Veer suggested that the oil giant was interested in joining forces with China on a number of oil projects in Iraq. “We are in the process of forming partnerships for certain bids, and Chinese companies are a part of that,” he said. But … Read More