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Arctic Retreat

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…
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by: Andy Rowell – May 11, 2016

Talk of Climate Change and Renewables Will Likely be Sidelined at Oil Industry’s “Davos”

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…
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by: Andy Rowell – February 22, 2016

Will Tar Sands Oil Soon Be on the Way to Europe?

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. Photo by Dru…
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by: Andy Rowell – February 6, 2014

Colorado Floods ‘Completely Overwhelm’ Oil Inspectors

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…
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by: Andy Rowell – September 25, 2013

Exxon’s Paper Towel Clean Up

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…
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by: Andy Rowell – April 10, 2013

Ecuador Offers Chinese Oil Companies 3 Million Hectares of the Amazon

Offer made the same day Peru declared a state of emergency in its part of the rainforest

If we are serious about weaning ourselves off our addiction to fossil fuels, then the most obvious place to start is where its ecological and cultural impact is greatest: the Arctic, the tar sands, and the Amazon. The battle for oil in…
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by: Andy Rowell – March 27, 2013

Obama Continues to “Drill Baby Drill”

The US plans to open up 20 million acres in the Gulf for drilling, yet talks big at the Doha climate summit

On Monday at the UN climate talks in Doha, the US claimed credit for “enormous” efforts on climate change. Jonathan Pershing, a senior negotiator for the US, said: “Those who don’t know what the US is doing may not be informed of…
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by: Andy Rowell – November 28, 2012

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