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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"The conference was organised by the leading climate denial think tank, Heartland Institute." (Photo: Screenshot/The Heartland Institute) Views
Monday, August 13, 2018
As America Burns From Climate Change, Trump Officials Attend Denial Conference to Discuss Why Climate Change is Fake
The disconnect could not be greater. As wild-fires raged across the US last week, inflamed by climate change, Trump officials attended the America First Energy Conference, where delegates heard age-old fossil fuel arguments that, amongst others, carbon dioxide makes the planet greener and could not...
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"We could rapidly become 4 degrees warmer than today, as we spiral out of control very quickly, as one domino knocks another over. In fact, have we already started spiralling?" (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Are We Descending Into Hothouse Earth?
As I write, Californian firefighters are tackling the largest wildfire in the state’s history, which is larger than the city of New York and rapidly approaching the size of Los Angeles. Many in the state now believe that the future of “extreme fire” could be here. The new normal has arrived. What...
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“It is sobering to witness how swiftly scientists’ worst predictions have come true, from the lethal heat wave gripping Japan to the record temperatures in Europe to the flames exploding near the Arctic Circle. ” (Photo: FEMA) Views
Monday, July 30, 2018
California Wildfires Are “Climate Change, for Real and in Real Time”
How many more have to die? The global heat-wave of 2018, caused by climate change, is now killing in California. Some eight people have already died, including children and four fire-fighters, in wild-fires ravaging the state. Just as the authorities found the bodies of people trying to shelter...
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 "The two hardmen are propped up by fossil fuels and our addiction to oil and gas."(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
“Traitor” Trump “Colludes” With Putin Over Oil
A “Traitor”. “Putin’s Poodle ”. “Open Treason”. These are just some of the harsh headlines to greet Trump after yesterday’s summit in Helsinki with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. The papers back home were indignant with rage. The New York Times called Trump Putin’s “lackey”. The paper said that...
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“An event of an unprecedented magnitude.” (Photo: Ferdinand Reus) Views
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Iconic African Baobab Trees Dying Due to “Changing Climate”
When historians write the definitive, convoluted but compelling book on climate change, there will be landmark stand-out moments over the last 30 years when you thought the news of floods, sea-level rise, drought and death would finally have spurred society into collective action that would have...
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“Continued investment in the oil sands generally, and in the Trans Mountain pipeline specifically, means Canada is doubling down on a no-win bet … Heads or tails, we lose." (Photo: Protect the inlet ) Views
Monday, June 04, 2018
Could Trudeau’s “Wilful Self-Delusion” on Climate Rip Canada Apart?
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of Canada? Is this really how the end of the nation state begins? Will Canada’s current political tensions around Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline become such huge irreconcilable constitutional fractures that eventually the crisis...
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"Your unwavering support for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion runs counter to both of these commitments and undermines Canada’s role as a global leader.” (Photo: Greenpeace) Views
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Civil Society To Justin Trudeau: “The Time For Investment in New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Is Over”
With just over a week to go until the May 31 deadline set by Kinder Morgan for the Canadian Government to resolve all financial and political issues surrounding its highly controversial Trans Mountain pipeline, some 236 civil society groups from 44 countries have today written to Justin Trudeau to...
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“They want to bring that oil through here, but we say that we will stop Kinder Morgan,” George-Parker said. “It is not happening.” (Photo: Emma Cassidy, Greenpeace) Views
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
“We Are Going to Not Allow Kinder Morgan to Finish This Pipeline”
As the clock ticks down until the May 31 deadline over the controversial Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline project, which will triple the amount of tar sands being transported from Alberta to the British Columbian coast, the campaign against its expansion is spreading abroad. Yesterday in...
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Terry Christenson inside Kinder Morgan’s compound peacefully protesting the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline. (Photo: 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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