Andy Rowell

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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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The oil industry and its allies have long salivated over the prospect of drilling in the refuge’s 19.6 million acres. They have long argued that the Refuge, home to caribou, polar bears and many endangered species, also houses an estimated 10 billion of barrels of recoverable oil. Views
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Trump’s Response to Climate-Related Disasters: Open America’s “Crown Jewels” to Oil Drilling
You would have thought that after being battered by two devastating hurricanes in recent weeks, which experts believe were fuelled by warmer seas caused by climate change, even the most die-hard climate denier would think again. But you would be wrong. You would have thought that as the cost of...
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Monday, September 04, 2017
Big Oil to Blame for Harvey’s Toxic Legacy
Yesterday, the Governor of Texas warned that the bill for reconstruction after Superstorm Harvey could be as high as $180 billion. To put this into perspective, this is much worse that Hurricane Katrina. It also does not include the hidden huge impact on local health and the environment from the...
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Thursday, August 31, 2017
1,200 Dead; Up to 41 Million Affected in Asian Flooding
As much of the North American media focuses on the ongoing unprecedented flooding and relief efforts in Texas and now potentially Louisiana, another tragedy is unfolding, which is going largely unreported, in Asia. Whereas the death toll in Texas stands at 20, the estimated death toll in South Asia...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Houston, We Have a Climate Problem
Texas has never seen rain like it. Some forty to sixty inches of rain in some places. Over 9 trillion gallons of water or maybe even more. There has been so much rain that the National Weather Service had to add extra colours to its rainfall map. Anyone watching the unfolding catastrophe in Texas...
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Friday, July 07, 2017
Trump on "Direct Collision Course" With G20 Over Climate
So the G20 summit is starting in Hamburg in Germany, after a day of angry protests which saw dozens arrested. As the talks commence, the new international “Climate Pariah”, Donald Trump, is going to come under intense pressure from the G20 to reconsider pulling out of the Paris Climate agreement...
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Monday, June 05, 2017
Trump Dismissed as "Climate Buffoon" After Paris Pull-Out
It was meant to be Donald Trump’s greatest triumph. Yet it will prove his greatest failure. It was meant to send a strong powerful message to his supporters at home. But it backfired at home and abroad and left the President more isolated than ever before. All Presidents are defined by events, by...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
“Fossil Fuels Have Lost. The Rest of the World Just Doesn’t Know It Yet”
Fossil fuels have lost,” argues Eddie O’Connor, chief executive of Irelands’s Mainstream Renewable Power company, before adding: “The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.” O’Connor was speaking to the influential business newspaper, the Financial Times , in a must-read 4000 word article...
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Monday, May 15, 2017
We Are on Cusp of 'Deepest, Most Consequential Disruption of Transportation in History'
“We are on the cusp of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruption of transportation in history.” Within ten years, we may witness a radical technological shake up in the way we drive as people switch from petrol and diesel engines to self-drive electric vehicles. The cars will be owned by...
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Friday, March 24, 2017
Climate Denier Trump Takes Us into “Unchartered Territory” with KXL
Later today, the Trump administration is expected to announce the approval of the highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline has been the subject of a major battle between environmentalists and the oil industry for years and was rejected by the Obama Administration. We have known for a...
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Monday, March 13, 2017
Will Merkel Stand up to Trump on Climate?
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has her first face to face meeting with President Trump tomorrow when she visits Washington. It has been described as a “make or break” meeting between two of the world’s most powerful people. The agenda is set to include discussions on the global economy,...
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