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 research examined wind power for five countries in Europe and found that offshore wind is going to be so cheap that it will soon no longer need government subsidies to compete, and that significant savings could soon be potentially passed on to consumers. (Photo: arbyreed/Flickr/cc) Views
Friday, July 31, 2020
We Have Entered the "End Game" for Oil—With "Permanent Demand Destruction"
With many countries and regions trying to open up their economies after COVID-19 lockdowns, many in the oil industry had been hoping that as hundreds of millions of people resume as normal a life as possible, demand for oil would pick up to pre-COVID levels. This is not going to happen. The "old...
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Ice floe with polar bear in Beaufort Sea. (Photo: NOAA Photo Library) Views
Monday, July 27, 2020
Climate Change: Mind-Blowing Warnings from Arctic and Antarctica
2020 is continuing to bring deeply worrying climate news from both the Arctic and the Antarctic. First the Arctic, where our climate emergency is playing out in real time, with devastating consequences. Every day brings new horrors and new insights into how our climate emergency is driving the...
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"We thus demand the Duterte administration, through the Philippine Congress, to repeal the Anti-Terrorism law and stop it becoming effective next week." (Photo: Twitter, @ICHRPGlobal) Views
Friday, July 17, 2020
ACT NOW in the Philippines: We Need You to Stand Against the #JunkTerrorLaw
The clock is ticking. We need you to act now. There is growing international pressure on the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, to repeal a controversial, dangerous, draconian Terror Bill, which is in the process of becoming law in the country. Having been approved by Duterte, it will become...
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We cannot go back to the dirty past, otherwise we will have no collective future. (Photo: Extinction Rebellion) Views
Monday, July 13, 2020
Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Are "Dominating Climate Policy Battles During COVID-19"
For months, a growing chorus of activists, academics, analysts, financiers, and frontline communities have clearly articulated that there should be no Big Oil bailout as governments plot COVD-19 recovery plans. Their voices join many others in arguing that we need a global reset in the wake of the...
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It is clear that nobody should be bailing out the polluters when their profits are evaporating, when they are laying off workers and their pipelines cannot get built. (Photo: Andrew Hart/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, July 10, 2020
As Arctic Temperatures Soar, Trump Lavishes Fossil Fuel Industry With Billions in Bailouts
The Arctic is once again on fire. And the extremely warm temperatures in the region—and concurrent wildfires—are another urgent reminder that we need to divest from fossil fuels as soon as possible. They are a pressing reminder that any post COVID-19 bailout should be focused on an immediate just...
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That long term decline is because the filthy fossil fuel cannot compete with renewables which get cheaper by the day. (Photo: Marcel Kusch/picture alliance via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
COVID-19 Crisis Accelerating "Long-term Decline of Coal"
We know that the ongoing COVID-19 crisis is hastening the end of the fossil fuel era and making what was deemed unthinkable just a few months ago, thinkable. This is despite what Donald Trump would have you believe with his repeated pro-oil propaganda. Last week, speaking at a roundtable discussion...
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It makes no logical sense to carry on investing in a product that is collectively killing us—but that is what oil investors knowingly do. (Photo: Pete Markham) Views
Monday, April 27, 2020
COVID-19 Fallout Threatens "Long-term Survivability" of Big Oil
It is nearly one hundred years to the day since the late British Prime Minister, Lloyd George said: "Oil profits seem to find their way by some invisible pipeline into private pockets." In the century that has followed, the oil industry has been a sure safe bet for many investors to fill their...
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For years, one of the targets for campaigners leading the fossil fuel divestment campaign has been the asset management company BlackRock. (Photo: Sarah Eckel-Dalrymple/CodePink) Views
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Is BlackRock Announcement "Beginning of the End for Fossil-fuel System?"
It was the big one that many climate campaigners had been waiting for. For years, one of the targets for campaigners leading the fossil fuel divestment campaign has been the asset management company BlackRock. Pressure had been building on BlackRock for some time. And you can see why: the company...
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Whereas the young are climate heroes, Australia’s Prime Minister is a coward, a climate denier who loves coal. (Photo: South Bend Voice/cc/flickr) Views
Monday, December 30, 2019
Decades of Denial Have to End: We Need Radical Climate Leadership in 2020
My heart is bleeding. My heart is angry. As 2019 draws to an end, Australia is on fire. The country is burning. Homes are being destroyed. And brave volunteer fire-fighters are dying. At a time of national crisis, you need leadership. If political leaders cannot lead at a time of crisis, then they...
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The statement highlighted that this had never happened before in 25 years of negotiations, but yet, there “could be no better symbol of this crisis we face. People around the world are crying out for justice, and fighting oppression, while those in power attempt to shut us out.” (Photo: Theo C. Mouze via Twitter) Views
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Outrage as UN Climate Talks Kick Out Civil Society, Not the Polluters
Two days ago, I blogged calling for the Polluters to be kicked out of the UN climate process. Two days later, and what has the UN done? It has kicked the people out—and not the polluters. This morning, youth activists from over a dozen countries stormed the stage at a COP25 plenary session to...
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