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 political response remains positively inept, with a climate denier in the White House, an Amazon-destroyer in Brazil, and an EU besotted by the Brexit shambles. (Photo: Oil Change International/Twitter) Views
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Climate Deniers' Response to Climate Crisis: "There Is No Climate Emergency"
For many of us who have been writing and campaigning on climate change and against the oil industry for years, it is easy to forget what a momentous year it has been for raising awareness about our climate crisis. The impact of Greta Thunberg, the global school strike movement, the Sunrise Movement...
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Johnson will jeopardize our children’s future, because he is a climate denier. (Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 26, 2019
Meet Boris, the UK’s Climate-Denying New Prime Minister & "Donald Trump of Britain"
As I write, Boris Johnson has just been confirmed as Britain’s new Prime Minister. A highly controversial and devisive figure, there are millions who are shocked at his offensive sexist, racist, Islamophobic, and homophobic views , amongst others. It is hardly surprising that Donald Trump is an...
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According to IUCN study nearly half of the world's heritage sites could lose their glaciers by 2100. (Photo: iStock) Views
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
A Letter to the Future From a Glacier That Is No More
So is this how it ends? As our climate emergency deepens, as the once great Arctic icescapes melt before our eyes, and once majestic glaciers break up and melt and disappear, we are left to put plaques in their place to lament our lost world. Our children and their children will inherit places full...
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 “Today’s oceans are absorbing carbon about an order of magnitude faster than the worst case in the geologic record.” (Photo: Onny Carr/Flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Humanity Sleep-Walking Toward 'Mass Extinction'
Next year, the British Government will host the UN Climate talks in London, known as COP26, which are the most important climate talks since Paris in 2015. So for the next year, the UK will be a critical leader in the global fight against climate change. For the UK to ask other nations to act, it...
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers her speech during the demonstration 'Fridays for Future' in Piazza del Popolo, on April 19, 2019 in Rome, Italy. (Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 08, 2019
OPEC Warns Climate Campaigners Are "Greatest Threat to Our Industry Going Forward."
OPEC—which remains the largest oil cartel in the world—has a problem. It is sitting on vast reserves of oil, which are currently worth trillions and trillions of dollars. But every day the more people that join the fight against the industry, forcing the UN, national and state governments,...
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“Every year there’s a new temperature record, it’s getting worse and worse and you feel like a broken record saying it." (Photo: Rasmus Tonboe twitter) Views
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Arctic Warming & Climate Change 'Should Be the Number One Urgent Conversation Right Now'
The news coming out of the Arctic over the last few days is further evidence of our rapidly evolving climate emergency, which has ramifications for all of us. Arctic scientists are speaking out with increasing alarm at what they are seeing, and as they keep repeating “what happens in the Arctic...
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One of the reasons investors still have confidence is because of political inaction on climate, especially by the Trump Administration. (Photo: Tony Webster/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Climate Denying Trump Administration Rebrands Fossil Fuels as "Freedom Gas"
The sheer scale of the challenge that all of us face in fighting climate change is once again laid bare by the news that the top ten energy companies are planning to invest even more in fossils fuels and the Trump Administration is redoubling its assault against the climate. This assault by Trump’s...
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415 ppm is a grim number. It signals we are in deep, deep trouble. (Photo: stopfundingfossils/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, May 16, 2019
415 ppm: We Are all Part of Exxon’s Unchartered Climate Experiment Now
Earlier this mon th, we collectively walked into the unknown. We are all now a living experiment. Never before in human history have carbon dioxide levels reached 415 parts per million. These levels were last seen maybe some 2.5-5 million years ago, during the Pliocene, but then the earth was much...
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Thursday, April 25, 2019
The Climate Rebellion May Be Growing, But Big Oil Keeps on Drilling
For many of us who have been working on oil and climate for years, the recent days, weeks and months have been inspiring, as we witness a surge in activism and awareness on climate change. Whether it be the Sunrise Movement, the youth climate strikes inspired by Greta Thunberg, the recent protests...
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Climate Crisis: Now Will the Older Generation Step Up?
On Friday, the youth spoke. And they spoke loudly. In excess of a million young people skipped school and colleges and marched around the globe demanding urgent action on climate change. They did so in over a hundred countries.
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