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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"Whereas he says he is a climate leader, since he has been state Governor, his officials have approved over 21,000 new oil and gas wells." (Photo: Neon Tommy/ Wikipedia) Views
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Jerry Brown Warns of “Apocalyptic Threat” of Climate Change, But Carries on Drilling
Back in April this year, nearly 800 civil society groups formed a coalition to urge California Governor Jerry Brown, to take immediate action against fossil fuel extraction in the state before his term ends. The campaign kicked off five months before Brown’s “Global Climate Action Summit, which...
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"A study in Nature last year concluded that there has been a threefold increase in widespread extreme rain events over central India during 1950–2015." (Photo: India Water Portal) Views
Monday, August 20, 2018
After the Fires, Come the Floods
Over the last few days, an estimated 350 people have been killed and 800,000 displaced in the worst flooding to hit the Indian state of Kerala for over a century. Thousands remain marooned by unusually intense monsoon rains. Between June 1 and August 17, the southern state has already received 2,...
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Sunday, August 19, 2018
BP and Big Oil Drive Society Over the 'Climate Cliff'
At the end of July, as the American wildfires began to take hold in California, British oil giant BP made its biggest financial deal in nearly twenty years. In retrospect it would have been hugely symbolic if one of the largest oil companies in the world, BP, which had so badly devastated the Gulf...
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"The conference was organised by the leading climate denial think tank, Heartland Institute." (Photo: Screenshot/The Heartland Institute) Views
Monday, August 13, 2018
As America Burns From Climate Change, Trump Officials Attend Denial Conference to Discuss Why Climate Change is Fake
The disconnect could not be greater. As wild-fires raged across the US last week, inflamed by climate change, Trump officials attended the America First Energy Conference, where delegates heard age-old fossil fuel arguments that, amongst others, carbon dioxide makes the planet greener and could not...
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"We could rapidly become 4 degrees warmer than today, as we spiral out of control very quickly, as one domino knocks another over. In fact, have we already started spiralling?" (Photo: AP) Views
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Are We Descending Into Hothouse Earth?
As I write, Californian firefighters are tackling the largest wildfire in the state’s history, which is larger than the city of New York and rapidly approaching the size of Los Angeles. Many in the state now believe that the future of “extreme fire” could be here. The new normal has arrived. What...
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“It is sobering to witness how swiftly scientists’ worst predictions have come true, from the lethal heat wave gripping Japan to the record temperatures in Europe to the flames exploding near the Arctic Circle. ” (Photo: FEMA) Views
Monday, July 30, 2018
California Wildfires Are “Climate Change, for Real and in Real Time”
How many more have to die? The global heat-wave of 2018, caused by climate change, is now killing in California. Some eight people have already died, including children and four fire-fighters, in wild-fires ravaging the state. Just as the authorities found the bodies of people trying to shelter...
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 "The two hardmen are propped up by fossil fuels and our addiction to oil and gas."(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
“Traitor” Trump “Colludes” With Putin Over Oil
A “Traitor”. “Putin’s Poodle ”. “Open Treason”. These are just some of the harsh headlines to greet Trump after yesterday’s summit in Helsinki with Russian President, Vladimir Putin. The papers back home were indignant with rage. The New York Times called Trump Putin’s “lackey”. The paper said that...
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“An event of an unprecedented magnitude.” (Photo: Ferdinand Reus) Views
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Iconic African Baobab Trees Dying Due to “Changing Climate”
When historians write the definitive, convoluted but compelling book on climate change, there will be landmark stand-out moments over the last 30 years when you thought the news of floods, sea-level rise, drought and death would finally have spurred society into collective action that would have...
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“Continued investment in the oil sands generally, and in the Trans Mountain pipeline specifically, means Canada is doubling down on a no-win bet … Heads or tails, we lose." (Photo: Protect the inlet ) Views
Monday, June 04, 2018
Could Trudeau’s “Wilful Self-Delusion” on Climate Rip Canada Apart?
Are we witnessing the beginning of the end of Canada? Is this really how the end of the nation state begins? Will Canada’s current political tensions around Kinder Morgan’s controversial Trans Mountain pipeline become such huge irreconcilable constitutional fractures that eventually the crisis...
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"Your unwavering support for the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion runs counter to both of these commitments and undermines Canada’s role as a global leader.” (Photo: Greenpeace) Views
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Civil Society To Justin Trudeau: “The Time For Investment in New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure Is Over”
With just over a week to go until the May 31 deadline set by Kinder Morgan for the Canadian Government to resolve all financial and political issues surrounding its highly controversial Trans Mountain pipeline, some 236 civil society groups from 44 countries have today written to Justin Trudeau to...
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