Who Needs Oil or Nukes Anyway?

May 10, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 2 Comments

In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan many commentators, including some leading environmentalists argued that despite the inherent risks of nuclear power, it was still a necessary evil in the battle about climate change. They joined other pro-nuclear voices that have been growing steadily over the last few years in arguing that … Read More

Two Disasters, One Conflict, One Bad Result

March 21, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Two years ago the oil price hit the floor at $33 a barrel. Today, on the back of the Libyan conflict, the price for Brent Crude is $116 a barrel. Two years ago, development of the Canadian tar sands was stalling with many projects being put on hold. According to the International Energy Agency, the … Read More

Over 20% of Nuke Reactors on Fault Lines

March 16, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

For the last two decades the nuclear industry has undertaken one of the most sophisticated public relations exercises in order to try and show the world that the technology is safe, secure, clean and green. They have very nearly succeeded. We are on the cusp of a nuclear revival, driven largely because of climate change. … Read More

“The chain is as strong as the weakest link”

March 15, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The unfolding nuclear emergency in Japan once again highlights the vulnerability of our centralised energy infrastructure to major disasters or even a potential terrorist attack. At the moment all efforts must go to containing and controlling the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima plant. When this is done, at some time serious questions need to be … Read More

The UK Coalition Ain’t Green, Its Dirty Brown

August 16, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

So the UK Coalition government between the Tories and Liberal Democrats is 100 days old this week. While this political milestone is somewhat meaningless, it does give political commentators a moment to measure how things are going. When British Prime Minister David Cameron took power, he said he wanted the new coalition administration to be … Read More

Protestors and Advisors Tell UK Gov to Act on Climate

October 12, 2009By Andy RowellBlog Post

Headline on the BBC’s flagship radio show, the Today programme at 8.00 AM this morning: 20-odd Greenpeace protestors have spent the night on the House of Commons to highlight the government’s lack of action on climate change. Next headline: a report by the Government’s own advisors on climate change says the government must do more … Read More