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Arctic Retreat – May 11, 2016

As Big Oil abandons the Arctic, pressure mounts on Obama to do more on climate change in the region

Sometimes it is hard to find good news on the climate. Take a quick look at a couple of today’s stories:

According to Australian researchers, five tiny Pacific islands, which are part of the Solomon islands, have completely disappeared due to rising sea levels, in what is being described as the “first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines in the Pacific.” Another six islands have had large swathes of land washed into the sea too.

photo of Arctic OceanPhoto by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center The US Coast Guard Cutter Healey in the Beaufort Sea as part… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Talk of Climate Change and Renewables Will Likely be Sidelined at Oil Industry’s “Davos” – February 22, 2016

High Noon in Houston: Saudis and US shale industry face off on oil prices

The big beasts of the global oil industry will gather today at one of the most important events in their calendar – the IHS CERAWeek conference in Houston, which is often dubbed the Davos of the energy industry.

Although the strapline for the conference is “Energy Transition: Strategies for a New World” – the industry will be totally preoccupied with the low price rather than clean technology.

cowboys face offThe Saudis slashing of oil prices in 2014 has led to 40 US shale companies declaring bankruptcy since the beginning of last year.

“Once again we gather at a time of turbulence and uncertainty… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Will Tar Sands Oil Soon Be on the Way to Europe? – February 6, 2014

The US government has authorized limited re-exports of foreign crude to Europe for the first time in years

As political pressure mounts in the US to lift the country’s decades-old crude oil export ban, Reuters reported yesterday that the US government has recently authorized limited re-exports of foreign crude to Europe for the first time in years.

Tar Sands mine, AlbertaPhoto by Dru Oja Jay, DominionA study, published on Monday says emissions of certain hazardous air pollutants from the tar sands have been greatly underestimated.

According to data the news agency obtained via Freedom of Information requests, the Department of Commerce granted two licenses to export crude to the UK last year and another two to Italy.

The revelations immediately… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Colorado Floods ‘Completely Overwhelm’ Oil Inspectors – September 25, 2013

When the devastating floods affected Colorado earlier this month, critics of the fracking industry were quick to point out that the number of inspectors was totally inadequate for the task of inspecting the damaged wells.

They highlighted how Colorado only has 17 full time oil and gas inspectors, for a state that has some 50,000 oil and gas wells.

photo of a flood-damaged containment tank, tilted, with a sign reading, produced waterAll photos ©2013 Shane Davis FractivistProduced Water
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As the floodwaters recede, these inspectors have so far only reached a third of… more

by: Andy Rowell

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Exxon’s Paper Towel Clean Up – April 10, 2013

It seems that company has been dumping oil from its Mayflower spill in a wetlands area after all

When news emerged last week that Exxon had surprisingly secured a no-fly zone over the area surrounding its 150,000 gallon spill in Mayflower in Arkansas, most people thought that here was Big Oil up to its tricks again trying to deliberately stop the public and press from seeing the extent of the destruction from the spill.

oil in wetlandsPhoto courtesy Tar Sands Blockade
NOTE: Timestamp incorrect, added automatically by camera. This photo was taken just before sunset on Saturday, April 6, 2013. More images  here.

So activists from Keystone XL Blockade decided they should go and investigate.  They heard rumours that Exxon was… more

by: Andy Rowell

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