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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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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Thursday, August 31, 2017
1,200 Dead; Up to 41 Million Affected in Asian Flooding
As much of the North American media focuses on the ongoing unprecedented flooding and relief efforts in Texas and now potentially Louisiana, another tragedy is unfolding, which is going largely unreported, in Asia. Whereas the death toll in Texas stands at 20, the estimated death toll in South Asia...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Houston, We Have a Climate Problem
Texas has never seen rain like it. Some forty to sixty inches of rain in some places. Over 9 trillion gallons of water or maybe even more. There has been so much rain that the National Weather Service had to add extra colours to its rainfall map. Anyone watching the unfolding catastrophe in Texas...
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Friday, July 07, 2017
Trump on "Direct Collision Course" With G20 Over Climate
So the G20 summit is starting in Hamburg in Germany, after a day of angry protests which saw dozens arrested. As the talks commence, the new international “Climate Pariah”, Donald Trump, is going to come under intense pressure from the G20 to reconsider pulling out of the Paris Climate agreement...
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Monday, June 05, 2017
Trump Dismissed as "Climate Buffoon" After Paris Pull-Out
It was meant to be Donald Trump’s greatest triumph. Yet it will prove his greatest failure. It was meant to send a strong powerful message to his supporters at home. But it backfired at home and abroad and left the President more isolated than ever before. All Presidents are defined by events, by...
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Friday, May 19, 2017
“Fossil Fuels Have Lost. The Rest of the World Just Doesn’t Know It Yet”
Fossil fuels have lost,” argues Eddie O’Connor, chief executive of Irelands’s Mainstream Renewable Power company, before adding: “The rest of the world just doesn’t know it yet.” O’Connor was speaking to the influential business newspaper, the Financial Times , in a must-read 4000 word article...
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