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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Friday, December 04, 2015
GOP Climate Denial Puts "Future of Civilization at Risk"
Obama may be talking the climate change talk in Paris, but back home the Republican Party (GOP) is doing everything in its power to make sure there is no deal. Although Obama is dismissive of the Republican denial machine, we should all be taking it seriously. “It may be hard for Republicans to...
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Thursday, November 12, 2015
BP’s Dispersants Didn’t Help Break Down Oil From Spill
Once again the veterans of the Exxon Valdez have been proved right, after their warnings about the use of toxic dispersants during the subsequent Deepwater Horizon oil spill look to have been vindicated by new academic research. In the immediate aftermath of the Deepwater spill in 2010, with the...
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
BP Finally Admits Not All Oil Will Be Burnt
For some years now a growing number of activists, scientists and analysts have been warning that, if we are going to keep global warming to 2 degrees Celcius, that a significant quantify of fossil fuel reserves can never be burnt. The latest warning came late last month from the Governor of the...
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Thursday, October 08, 2015
'Legislation to Remove Crude Export Restrictions Is Not Needed at This Time'
Just as the Republicans seemed to be gaining a head of steam in their efforts to overturn America’s decades-old crude export ban, the White House has announced it would veto any proposals. In a statement the White House said about the 40 year-old ban, which the oil industry and its allies have been...
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015
OPEC: 'All Eyes Are on How Quickly US Production Falls'
The oil cartel, OPEC, has confirmed what has been obvious to many for months: US shale production is in deep, deep trouble as the fracking boom bursts in the face of low oil prices. The cartel published its latest monthly oil market report yesterday revealing that it believes it is winning the...
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Sunday, August 09, 2015
Deconstructing Shell’s “Memories of the Future”
For a while now a growing number of people have been asking a series of pertinent questions about Shell’s Arctic drilling operations, which could probably be boiled down to this: Why would the global oil giant risk billions of dollars of its own money, irreparable damage to a pristine environment,...
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Monday, May 18, 2015
The Arctic is Shell’s New Corporate Crisis
Twenty years ago, the oil giant Shell was plunged into a corporate crisis after it was internationally criticised for trying to dump the redundant Brent Spar oil platform in the North Sea and for being complicit in the murder of the acclaimed Nigerian activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa. As Shell recoiled from...
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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
New Evidence BP's Spill Dispersant Caused Harm to Humans and Wildlife
In the desperately dark days following BP’s Deepwater Horizon accident in April 2010, one of the issues that I highlighted on this blog was the dangers of BP’s chemical Corexit, which the oil giant was using to disperse the oil. In a blog on in early May that year, we published a blog: “ Exclusive...
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Tuesday, March 03, 2015
What Climate Crisis? Sales of SUVs Booming in Europe
If you thought that growing awareness about climate change, coupled with years of austerity and recession, would mean that European drivers would be buying small fuel efficient cars, you would be wrong. Although the pomp, swagger and pure unadulterated panache of Motor Shows do not totally reflect...
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
OPEC Wants to "Crush US Shale"
Just how low can the oil price go? What was unthinkable even a few months ago is now becoming distinctly probable, even likely. As analysts dissect the ramifications for the oil industry of $40 dollar barrel, oil traders are now thinking that the price of crude will halve that to a staggering $20 a...
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