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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Terry Christenson inside Kinder Morgan’s compound peacefully protesting the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline. (Photo: Risingtidenorthamerica.org) Views
Thursday, March 22, 2018
“I’m Taking This Action To Protect My Grandchildren’s Future”
Just because you get older, it doesn’t mean you cannot stop taking action for what you believe in. And yesterday was a case in point. Two seventy year olds, still putting their bodies on the line for environmental justice and indigenous rights. Early yesterday morning, the first seventy year old, a...
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Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Coast Guard Responders 'Harmed by Chemicals Used to Clean Up BP’s Spill'
Sometimes, there is absolutely nothing worse than being proven right. It is the one thing you dreaded. Ever since the horrendous Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, I and many others warned against using the toxic chemical called Corexit arguing that it would do more damage than good. The potential...
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"Anyone who follows the science of climate denial will know the Koch brothers have poured over $100 million into groups that deny the science of climate." (Photo: Wikipedia) Views
Monday, February 26, 2018
Time For The Teens To Take On The Kochs Over Climate
Since the horrific Parkland shooting in which seventeen high school children were murdered in Florida, people from around the world have watched in admiration at the way the traumatised survivors have taken on the National Rifle Association and politicians who are in the gun lobby’s pocket. They...
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 "As the Arctic melts due to climate change, which is being driven by our fossil fuel addiction, the fossil fuel industry is now exploiting the increasingly ice-free region." (Photo: NOAA Photo Library) Views
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
2018 Starts With “Record Lows In Arctic Sea Ice Extent”
And so it goes on. The data does not lie. The Arctic is dying before our eyes. And as it melts, we enter a vicious circle: the more it melts, so the less heat gets reflected, so the more the planet warms. And that affects us all. At the end of last year, scientists issued repeated warnings that the...
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"The “Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades”, starts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual Arctic Annual Report Card reported in December." (Photo: NOAA) Views
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
The Arctic – Our Climate Canary in the Coal Mine – Issues Further Warnings
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 cyclone” in the Northeastern US. As usual, there is an active discussion. Last week, World Weather Attribution claimed that the US has always epxerience cold...
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The utter ignorance and stupidity underlying this tweet is staggering for someone with so much power. As the New York Times noted in response: “Trump’s tweet made the common mistake of looking at local weather and making broader assumptions about the climate at large.”(Photo: Another Believer) Views
Tuesday, January 02, 2018
As Trump’s Climate Denial Continues, Experts Take Flight to France
Many East Coasters will be returning to work today in bitter cold conditions after the second-coldest New Year on record. The low temperatures over the festive period did not go unnoticed by President Donald Trump who tweeted in late December: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on...
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"The “Arctic shows no sign of returning to reliably frozen region of recent past decades”, starts the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual Arctic Annual Report Card." Views
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Welcome to the “New Arctic”: The Region “As We Once Knew It Is No More”
For many people in the Northern Hemisphere who celebrate Christmas, the iconic image is one of snow or a Santa Claus driving a sleigh through the snow driven by reindeer. Depending on which version of the Santa Claus story you read, his home is in the Arctic, possibly at the North Pole. Images of...
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Monday, November 27, 2017
Climate-Denying Koch Brothers Help Buy Time Magazine
Last night, the media company, Meredith, announced it was buying Time magazine for an estimated $2.8 billion. Meredith Corporation Chairman and CEO, Stephen Lacy, said: “We are creating a premier media company serving nearly 200 million American consumers across industry-leading digital, television...
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Buying into the idea that gas is supposedly “green”– which actually is a complete and utter misnomer – there has been a massive expansion in gas in the US and also in Europe. Much of this comes from shale and is extracted by fracking, a controversial technique in its own right. Views
Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Scientists Argue Gas Isn’t “Green” & Call for Urgent Phase Out Across EU
For decades the oil industry has employed an ingenious yet deceitful public relations strategy in response to climate change, largely copied from the playbook refined to perfection by the tobacco barons and their spin-doctors. In the nineties, their initial response was to deny the problem of...
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What was once unthinkable in the Amazon is becoming thinkable too. The Amazon has gone from a carbon sink to one where it is now a net emitter of carbon. Views
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
From Ophelia to the Amazon: the Unthinkable Becomes Thinkable
As I write, Ireland is being battered by ex-Hurricane Ophelia, with many schools closed and the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, calling the storm a national emergency. The Taoiseach said Ophelia was the worst storm to hit the country in 50 years. Currently, one person has died and 120,000 are...
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