Andy Rowell

Andy Rowell is a staff blogger for Oil Change International in addition to working as a freelance writer and investigative journalist who specializes in environmental, health and lobbying issues. Follow him on Twitter: @andy_rowell

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 10:30am
As Renewables Soar, Oil Industry Launches New PR Offensive
As the renewable revolution gathers a pace, the oil industry has launched yet another PR offensive trying to rebrand fossil fuels as sustainable. So first the good news. The percentage of electricity generated by renewables in the world’s largest economies has soared by 70 per cent over the last...
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Monday, August 8, 2016 - 10:15am
BP Greenwashes the Olympics … Again
As the Olympic Games officially opened last Friday, oil giant BP placed a two-third of a page advert in the global business newspaper, the Financial Times, featuring its sponsorship of Team GB, the British Olympic team. “The dreaming. The training. The waiting. The hoping. The best of luck to Team...
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Friday, July 1, 2016 - 1:15pm
Victory for First Nations in Northern Gateway Fight
In a stunning victory for First Nations and environmentalists, a Canadian court has overturned the approval of the highly controversial Northern Gateway pipeline in Canada. The country’s Federal Court of Appeal ruled yesterday in a 2-to-1 decision that the government had failed to adequately...
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Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 12:30pm
Big Oil’s “Long Twilight”
All eyes this morning will be on the half-yearly OPEC meeting in Vienna. Although pundits are not expecting a production freeze , the oil price is creeping towards $50, up 80 per cent since its slump of $30 in January. As the press pack hunt the OPEC oilmen round Vienna searching for clues on any...
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 4:00pm
Scientists Warn of 10C Warming as We “Dial up Earth’s Thermostat”
Nearly every week a new record is being broken on climate. So far this year we have had warnings that the Great Barrier reef is “ dying on our watch” due to coral bleaching caused by record temperatures; dramatic early seasonal melting of the Arctic Ocean sea ice and Greenland’s massive ice sheet;...
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Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 11:30am
Exxon Faces Questions Over Climate as Gates Dumps BP
The famous quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin is that “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. Another certainty is that you know that the top executives of controversial companies absolutely hate the one day in the year that they are accountable to their...
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Friday, April 22, 2016 - 11:45am
"Grim Drumbeat" Behind Historic Climate Agreement
History will be made today at a ceremony in New York when countries start to formally sign the Paris climate agreement, which was initially approved in December last year. The Paris accord agrees to keep global temperatures “well below” 2C and “to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to...
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 1:45pm
Fossils Fuels Could be Phased Out “Within 10 Years”
As the saying goes: the stone age did not end due to the lack of stones and the oil age will not end due to lack of oil. It will end due to climate change and the coming clean energy revolution. And the end date could be nearer than you think. According to academics at the University of Sussex in...
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 1:30pm
Great Barrier Reef "Is Dying Under Our Watch”
“Do we really care so little about the Earth on which we live that we don’t wish to protect one of its greatest wonders from the consequences of our behaviour?” That is the question posed at the end of Sir David Attenborough’s three-part documentary on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which has just...
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Friday, January 15, 2016 - 9:15am
Obama to "Halt" New Coal Leases
Every day, it seems, brings more bad news for the fossil fuel industry. The week started badly with the news that they US coal giant Arch Coal , which owns the world’s biggest coal-mining complex, was filing for bankruptcy. This means that that over a quarter of American coal production is now...
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