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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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry speaks during a press briefing at the White House on January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. Kerry and McCarthy took questions from reporters about the Biden administration's plans and agenda on climate change issues. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
John Kerry Tells Big Oil to Stop Resisting Energy Transition or "You’re Going to End up on the Wrong Side of This Battle."
What a difference two years make. This week witnesses one of the most influential and largest oil industry conferences take place, called CERAWeek. Normally, the crème de la crèmeof the oil industry descend on Houston for a pro-fossil fuel frenzy. But this year, due to COVID-19, the event is...
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During his campaign to become President, Biden made commitments to end finance for dirty energy projects. (Photo:  Shubert Ciencia/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
It's Time for Biden to Join With the EU's Mission to Phase-Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies
We are two weeks into a Biden Presidency, with the President set to announce further action and commitments on climate during his so-called “Climate Day” tomorrow. Although Biden has moved quickly to try and repair the climate carnage and environmental vandalism caused by Trump, issuing landmark...
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In the dying days of his Presidency the bad climate news continues. (Photo: Ray Chavez/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 15, 2021
Impeached Twice, Trump's Presidency Was a Climate Disaster
Many people are rightly preoccupied by the unfolding political events in Washington with Donald Trump becoming the first ever President to be impeached twice and Joe Biden waiting to formally take office next week. After the horrific, tumultuous events of last week with the assault on the Capital...
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These are lives lost, lives turned upside down, forever changed by storms made much worse by climate change. But these storms are not alone this year.  (Photo: NOAA) Views
Friday, November 20, 2020
Crisis, What Climate Crisis? Oil Majors Still Sitting on Tens of Billions of Barrels of Undeveloped Reserves
I cannot help but wonder as I look at the images of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Iota and Eta across Central America, and if Big Oil had acted decades earlier to address climate change, whether these hurricanes would have happened at all. We will never know the answer, of course. But as the...
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Barrett’s mentor was the arch conservative Antonin Scalia, who was similarly idolized by President Donald Trump. (Photo: Caroline Brehman/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation to the Supreme Court "Would Be a Catastrophe for the Climate"
This week, President Trump’s highly controversial pick for the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, answers questions in front of the Senate Judiciary committee as part of her nomination hearings for the top legal job. Coney Barrett’s nomination to the vacant seat on the Supreme court vacated by the...
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"The oil industry may be dying, but it will still pollute us for decades after its death." Views
Saturday, September 19, 2020
A Dying Industry is Leaving A Deadly Legacy
Another day and another huge blow to the fossil fuel industry. A key investor in the new coal mine in Australia, operated by mining giant Glencore, has said it will not invest in the AUD 1.5 billion Valeria project as the economics "don't stack up" anymore. The oil industry may be dying, but it...
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The Bobcat Fire burns on hillsides behind homes in Arcadia, California on September 13, 2020. (Photo: Frederic J. BROWN / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Hothouse US: Catastrophic Fires Spreading Smoke From the West; Five Cyclones To the East
The deadly future that scientists warned us about is here. For years, climate scientists modeled how if we made the earth hotter, the heat had consequences. Unrelenting heat dries vegetation and makes it more likely to burn. It warms the oceans, increasing the fuel available for tropical cyclones...
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A home is engulfed in flames during the "Creek Fire" in the Tollhouse area of unincorporated Fresno County, California early on September 8, 2020. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 09, 2020
Climate Emergency: Records Tumble as 2 Million Acres of California Burn
The signs are ominous as yet another climate record is broken. California is once again burning. From near the southern Mexico border, to San Diego and the forests of the Sierra Nevada, over two million acres of the Golden state were on fire yesterday. As the state sweltered in record temperatures...
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"Do not underestimate the significance of this moment," writes Rowell, "Exxon is the oldest member of the influential Index, having joined in 1928." (Photo: Thomas Hawk/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, September 02, 2020
“Humiliation”: Exxon Dumped Out Dow Jones Industrial Index After Nearly 100 Years
The big financial news yesterday was that, despite the pandemic, Wall Street just recorded its best August in more than 30 years. However, history was also made in what is yet another seismic shift in the financial clout of the oil industry. The once mighty Exxon suffered the corporate humiliation...
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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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