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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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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"Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record level of 407.8 parts per million in 2018 and continued to rise in 2019. CO2 lasts in the atmosphere for centuries and the ocean for even longer, thus locking in climate change." (Photo: Andrew Hart/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, December 06, 2019
Despite Warmest Decade on Record, We Still Act Like "Addicts Blowing Our Carbon Budget"
For those following our climate crisis and the near-daily stories of extreme weather being experienced around the world, this will come as no surprise. Provisional figures released by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) at the UN COP25 climate conference in Madrid reveal that the previous...
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Shell and BP have known for decades about the climate crisis, yet they just carry on drilling. (Photo: Mike Mozart/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Planned Fossil Fuel Production Dangerously Out of Line With Climate Safety
Despite the daily evidence of our climate emergency, from raging wildfires in California and Australia, to floods in the UK and continued record temperatures in the Arctic, we remain in denial. Despite decades of scientific evidence that we have to stop drilling for fossil fuels, if we want a...
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An Extinction Rebellion protester holds up a placard saying "Divest from climate change" on October 14, 2019 in London, England. Views
Monday, November 18, 2019
Major Victory as EIB Ends Fossil Fuel Financing by 2021
As climate wins go this has been a long time coming but it is also a big one. It should not be understated. For years climate campaigners and organizations such as Oil Change International (OCI) along with scientists, students and huge sections of civil society, have been targeting the hugely...
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We now know #Shellknew, but carried on drilling. (Photo: Fossil Free Deutschland) Views
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
Despite Climate Emergency, Shell Boss Still Thinks It's "Legitimate to Invest" in Oil
On Monday, the fossil fuel giant Royal Dutch Shell introduced its quarterly outlook for investors, predicting higher output for its Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) operations. In total for the group, oil and gas production for Shell was predicted to be in excess of 2.65 million barrels of oil per day...
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An impassioned and blunt speech by Greta Thunberg urged world leaders to finally understand the urgency of our climate emergency. (Photo: Screenshot/YouTube) Views
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Big Polluters Respond to Greta’s Climate Call With "Woefully Short" Ambition
Last week, millions of people marched for radical action on our climate emergency, demanding climate justice. Yesterday, as the UN gathered for a special session on climate, protesters were still out in force in New York and Washington, DC. Inside the conference, an impassioned and blunt speech by...
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Climate Crisis Committee joint hearing September 18, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Thunberg, who recently sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-carbon emissions sailboat, is in Washington to discuss the climate crisis with lawmakers and will speak at the UN Climate Action Summit on September 23 in New York. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Greta Tells Congress to #UniteBehindtheScience
On Wednesday Greta Thunberg and other inspirational young climate activists spoke at a joint hearing in Congress about climate change. They were speaking before both the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, at the Rayburn House Office...
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As tensions mount in the Gulf, the daily news about other dire consequences of our oil addiction continue to be reported apace. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Americans Want Action on Climate; Not War Over Oil With Iran
As I write, the U.S. is inching its way towards possible war with Iran after the weekend drone strikes in Saudi Arabia on the strategic oil facilities owned by the state oil company, Saudi Aramco. Reuters has just reported that the Saudis are saying the attack on the oil processing plant and...
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