Protest Against “Big Oil Corruption”

January 24, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

At noon today, a coalition of environmental groups, including Oil Change International and will blow the whistle of “Big Oil’s corruption” on Capitol Hill, hours before Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address. Activists will be gathering at the Capitol dressed in referee uniforms and then heading to our old friends at … Read More

A Road Map to Renewal or Ruin?

January 18, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The oil boys from Houston must be wriggling with delight after President Obama’s official jobs council called for an “all-in approach” to energy policy that includes expanded oil-and-gas drilling as well as more pipelines. “We should allow more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands,” argued the President’s Council on Jobs … Read More

“It would be the end of our history”

January 11, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Since the beginning of the year there has been a concerted campaign by the oil industry and Canadian government to convince people that the debate over the Northern Gateway project will be hijacked by environmental groups. Instead of trying to demonise legitimate international organisations, the Canadian government should start listening to the voices of its … Read More

Oh the Canadian hypocrisy..

January 9, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

For over two years now the Canadian and Albertan governments have engaged in one of the most extensive public relations campaigns ever seen at the EU. They have been trying to undermine European efforts to tackle climate change through the Fuel Quality Directive. They even set up a secret task force to push their pro-tar … Read More

New Year: Old Dirty Tricks

January 3, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

It might be a new year but it’s the same old dirty tricks from the folks at the very unethical They are running an advertising campaign accusing leading Canadian environmental groups of being “front groups” paid by “Foreign special interests”. At the same time they have launched a highly misleading website called, which … Read More

“Time to Leave ‘Fossil’ Canada Behind”

December 8, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

As Canada continues to push its pro-tar sands message out across North America, Europe, Asia, it was greeted by protests at the COP17 Climate talks in South Africa. Yesterday members of the Canadian Youth Delegation were ejected from the meeting as Canada’s Environment Minister Peter Kent delivered his opening address. Just as Kent began his … Read More

Tar Sands: “No Safe Way to Market”

November 30, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The top brass of BP and Shell will have not been amused this morning when they opened their Financial Times to see a half page advert staring at them about the ecological cost of the tar sands. The advert, entitled: “Tar sands – 23 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional oil” demands that … Read More

Dead-End Oil

November 14, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

So the Europeans don’t want it. And by delaying the decision on Keystone XL for eighteen months, it looks like Obama and America doesn’t want it either. Despite one of the most aggressive marketing and public relations campaigns ever seen by the oil industry and Canadian government to try and sell the dirty tar sands, … Read More

The Conflict of Interest that Should Stop Keystone

October 10, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Note: See our new infographic on Keystone XL here! At Friday’s electric final hearing into the proposed controversial Keystone XL pipeline, one of the recurring themes was that the US State Department has consistently taken sides with TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, even before the consultation has finished. Such was the clamour of accusatory … Read More