Rio – 20

June 25, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

First the gloss from Rio. This was the UN’s largest ever conference with 45,300 delegates from more than 180 nations. The UN says it has obtained pledges worth $500 billion from governments and companies for projects aimed at reducing the strain on the planet’s resources. There are nearly 700 commitments from governments to supposedly cut … Read More

Shell’s History of “Corporate Malfeasance”

June 13, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post

Poor old Shell. Last week it was humiliated in a spoof action by Greenpeace and the Yes Men. This week its corporate reputation takes a battering in a report by the Alaska Wilderness League. The 51 page report, published as Shell gears up to start drilling in the Arctic, makes devastating reading.  It concludes that … Read More

“Pulling a Con Job” on Fracking

June 12, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The leader of Canada’s opposition party, the NDP, Tom Mulcair has accused one of Canada’s leading oil and gas lobby organisations of “pulling a con job” whilst trying to promote fracking. Out political campaigning over the weekend, Mulcair slammed the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) for “deceiving the public when it says there are … Read More

Shell Spoof Goes Global

June 10, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Maybe in retrospect Shell should not have injuncted Greenpeace for disrupting its drilling rigs heading for the Arctic. For all it has done has made its opponents more creative in the way they will campaign against the oil giant. Late last week, there was widespread confusion across the American media, the internet, including Facebook and … Read More

70,000 Ask Shell to Clean Up in Nigeria

May 22, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Seventeen years ago I was one of many protestors at Shell’s AGM in London at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Centre that lies in the shadow of Big Ben, near London’s Parliament. There were two issues facing the oil giant that day: in Nigeria the Ogoni playwright, Ken Saro-Wiwa, lay in a disgusting and degrading humid … Read More

Over 600,000 Say No to KXL

February 14, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 4 Comments

Once again it is the many versus the money. Starting at noon yesterday, a coalition of thirty or so environmental organisations, including Oil Change International (OCI) and set out to gather at least 500,000 signatures with 24 hours to stop the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The initiative came as a response to moves within … Read More

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