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White House Launches Inquiry into Pruitt’s Rent Deal With Energy Lobbyist’s Wife

Lobbyist’s clients reportedly include ExxonMobil, Enbridge Energy, Colonial Pipeline, and Cheniere Energy

There is a growing political scandal surrounding the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the climate denier, Scott “Polluting” Pruitt. The White House has launched a formal inquiry into any potential conflict of interest over the fact that Pruitt rented a bedroom…
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by: Andy Rowell – April 3, 2018

A New Golden Age for Big Oil or A Golden Goodbye?

Oil firms’ best chance of commercial survival is to rapidly diversify from fossil fuels into alternative technologies

Goldman Sachs, the investment bank at the heart of the global economy still doesn’t get it. The bank, once famously described as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity,” has a blinkered and fundamentally flawed vision when it comes…
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by: Andy Rowell – March 28, 2018

You Can’t Frack Without Harming Public Health, New Research Shows

Study examines over 1,200 peer-reviewed research papers, government reports, news articles

The conclusion is damning. “All together, findings to date from scientific, medical, and journalistic investigations combine to demonstrate that fracking poses significant threats to air, water, health, public safety, climate stability, seismic stability, community cohesion, and long-term economic vitality.” Photo courtesy of…
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by: Andy Rowell – March 15, 2018

Warnings from the Arctic

Record-breaking temperatures in Alaska, the US's canary in the climate coal mine, provide glimpse of a warmer future

There is an ongoing scientific debate as to how much influence our changing climate had on the extreme cold snap or what some call “bomb cycle” in the Northeastern US. As usual, there is an active discussion. Last week, World Weather Attribution…
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by: Andy Rowell – January 16, 2018

Majority of US Public Against Drilling in ANWR

Oil experts think economics are “suspect”

Republicans may be celebrating their great tax rip off they sneaked through last Friday night, which included the hugely disputed proposal of drilling of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but opening up America’s last true wilderness to oil exploitation is still far…
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by: Andy Rowell – December 5, 2017

The Bosses at TransCanada May Not be Enjoying Their Turkey

Bad news piles up for company over Keystone XL pipeline

As millions celebrate Thanksgiving, the bosses at TransCanada will not be in a cheerful, festive mood. They will be wondering what went wrong over the last week, after they seem to have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Photo by maisa_nyc/Flickr…
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by: Andy Rowell – November 23, 2017

Trump Nominates Coal Lobbyist for Top EPA Job Just Days after Puerto Rico Visit

Nomination comes as Caribbean scientists calls for urgent climate action in wake of Hurricane Maria

Even a week after his visit to the Hurricane ravaged island of Puerto Rico, President Trump is still having to defend his crass comments and insensitive actions when he was there. Speaking over the weekend, Trump defended his widely criticized action of…
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by: Andy Rowell – October 9, 2017

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