Forecasts of convenience: why is the fossil fuel industry mapping our energy future?

July 1, 2015By Hannah McKinnonBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

Would you take it seriously if tobacco companies announced that smoking trends weren’t expected to change much over the next 30 years? And imagine then, that this is what governments used to make tobacco policy: “Forecasts show that people aren’t going to quit smoking, steady rates of smoking around the world are inevitable, so all anti-smoking policies will assume not much is going to change.”

Dash for Shale Gas Undermines Wind

May 23, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

The last time that America’s pro-wind lobby came together for its regular get-together was in California in 2007. That time there were 5,000 attendees and the installed wind capacity in the US was 17 gigawatts. Four years later and on the surface it is a success story for America’s pro-wind lobby. Yesterday saw the opening … Read More

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

Anti-Wind Study Linked to Climate Sceptics

March 25, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

Ask any oil executive where our future energy will come from and they will reply that the answer lies in “the mix”: arguing we need oil, gas, renewables and probably nuclear. The oil industry argues that its days as the predominant provider of energy are not yet over, despite climate change and peak oil. But … Read More