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 Trump administration over its first two years has shown a pervasive pattern of sidelining science in critical decisionmaking, compromising our nation’s ability to meet current and future public health and environmental challenges.” (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
“Tell Me Donald. Exactly How Much Is a Human Life Being Sold For?”
Two years into his Presidency, the fullblown cost of Donald Trump’s assault on human health, the environment and on science is becoming brutally and painfully clear. The cost in lives lost and pollution emitted from his rollback of regulations has been calculated too. The numbers do not lie: Trump...
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Members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation argue that they were never consulted about the pipeline and that it violates their constitutional rights.(Photo: Facebook.) Views
Friday, January 11, 2019
“Shameful” Trudeau Accused of Violating First Nations Rights Over Gas Pipeline
There are moments that define a politician. There are legacies that they leave. But the reality of high office is often so different from the easy promises of opposition. As a poster boy politician, who entered office promising a new type of politics, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister,...
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We must all bear witness to what is happening in the Amazon. For the sake of its people, for the sake of the forest as well as for the sake of the climate. (Valdemir Cunha / Greenpeace) Views
Friday, January 04, 2019
Within Hours of Taking Office, “Trump of the Tropics” Starts Assault on the Amazon
Within hours of taking office, the Trump of the Tropics, aka the new President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, launched an all-out assault against the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous communities yesterday, potentially paving the way for large scale deforestion by agricultural, mining and oil...
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018
“Green New Deal” in US “Must Be Mirrored by a Global Green Deal”
In mid-November, some 200 young climate activists from the Sunrise movement joined Representative-elect, the New York Democrat, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in a sit in at the office of the House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi, demanding what is known as a Green New Deal. Over fifty kids were arrested...
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“Some people say that I should be in school instead. Some people say that I should study to become a climate scientist so that I can ‘solve the climate crisis’. But the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions.”(Photo: @StrikeClimate) Views
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
“Since Our Leaders Are Behaving Like Children, We Will Have to Take Responsibility”
Earlier today, the naturalist Sir David Attenborough addressed the UN climate conference in Poland, saying: “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.” “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the...
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 “We’ve got involved because at this stage we can’t vote, we’re not politicians and we want to make a difference. We can’t stand around waiting.” (Photo: schoolstrike4climate.com) Views
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Australian Kids Plan “Big School Walkout for Climate Action”
The climate rebellion is growing. Over the weekend in London, over 2000 protesters, part of the new Extinction Rebellion (XR) movement, took part in demonstrations, including holding a memorial in the famous Parliament Square to “mark the loss of life our planet is experiencing”. As part of the...
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“Every resident of Paradise will inevitably have lost their home or had a family member or loved one who had lost their home.”(Photo: U.S. Forest Service) Views
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Paradise Lost
As the deadliest wild-fires ever to hit California continue to rage, an estimated 31 people are known to have died, with over 200 still missing. Some 250,000 have been forced to flee their homes. Over 100,000 acres of land has been burnt, including luxury homes in Malibu. As California once again...
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BP’s staggering hypocrisy even goes beyond that too: on its website the company says it is not only in favour of action on climate change but also in favour of carbon pricing, the very measure it just spent millions defeating. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Thursday, November 08, 2018
BP’s Blatant Climate Hypocrisy on Show As it “Buys” Vote to Defeat Carbon Tax
As millions of people digest the saturated press coverage of the mid-terms, and wonder what the next two-years of a chaotic and destructive Trump Presidency will mean with the Republican loss of the House, it is easy to miss other issues that were also voted on this week. On the Washington State...
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"Bolsonaro has promised to merge the country’s environmental ministry with the agricultural one, with a view to fast-tracking large-scale agricultural expansion." (Photo: Fabio Teixeira/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) Views
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Bolsonaro: A Despot Who “Spells Disaster, Not Only for Brazil But for the Planet”
“All of the promises made to political groups and the people will be kept,” said a victorious Jair Bolsonaro, the new President of Brazil, after his election victory earlier this week. For many people who have watched in horror at the election of Trump, Bolsonaro is a new kind of evil who has...
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"Flowers calls glaciers “fantastic barometers of climate change.”(Photo: Richard Droker) Views
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Scientists Warn That Canadian Glacial Melting Is “Outside the Scope of Normal”
Canadian scientists are becoming progressively alarmed at the increasing rate of melting of the country’s glaciers, warning that climate change is having a severe impact on the region. Anyone concerned about climate change and sea level rise often thinks about melting glaciers in Antarctica and...
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