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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 "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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“Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico may offer a preview for Americans of one of the most jarring potential consequences of global warming: the movement of large numbers of people pushed out of their homes by the effects of climate change.” Views
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Four Years Ago Puerto Rico Warned of “Climate Tipping Points” – Did Anyone Listen?
So this is what climate change looks like. One week on from when Hurricane Maria hit the island, Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis. Some 97% of the island’s 3.4 million residents are still without power . About half of the Island’s residents do not have running water. And no one knows...
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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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