Categotry Archives: Environment

ExxonMobil Resists

Real-world stuff has kept me away from the keyboard for the past month or so.  This will happen occasionally, but I have no intention of quitting the blog permanently.  If I do I’ll let you know, so please do keep checking back. While I was away ExxonMobil came under pressure from a minority of shareholders to adopt various climate change policies: After a long battle to even get on the agenda for ExxonMobil’s 2016 Annual Meeting, the company’s shareholders on […]

Hypocrisy from Greenpeace, Double Standards from UK HSE

I am all for the right of citizens to protest anything they like, and consider it to be a cornerstone of a civilised society, but I’m not so happy about this: Greenpeace has built a 10-metre high mock fracking rig outside Parliament, to protest the Government’s support for the controversial drilling method. The rig, accompanied by lorry and drilling sounds and featuring a flare which fires up every hour, was erected to coincide with the opening of a public inquiry […]

Max Fordham: rent-seeking since 1966

A downside of writing about oil and gas affairs is being spammed by people who write articles about “energy”.  One such example received over the holidays was a link to the predictions for 2016 of somebody by the name of Max Fordham, a building engineer who “started his own practice in the spare bedroom of his Camden home” in 1966.  Good for him.  Let’s see what he thinks will happen in 2016. 1. Infrastructure-scale solutions to climate change Governments will […]


First up, Upstream Online brings us news of Alberta’s new climate change policy: Becoming a leader in climate change reform has been the Alberta government’s dream since the New Democratic Party took office in May 2015. Now that dream could be reality with a proposed new policy aimed at reducing carbon emissions and holding everyone — including the general public — accountable. Okay, that’s the facts out of the way. There were a lot of shiny happy people at the Alberta Legislature on […]

Coal scuttle

Last week we had Ambrose Evans-Pritchard telling us that: It is patently obvious that China is not about to sabotage a climate deal.  Its submission to the COP21 summit aims for peak greenhouse emissions by 2030, if not before. It plans 200 gigawatts (GW) of wind and 100GW of solar by then, and a reduction in coal use from 2020 onwards. This week the New York Times tells us: China, the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases from coal, has been […]

Gosplan revisited

There’s some real bollocks being peddled in Britain’s Daily Telegraph by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard ahead of the climate jamboree in Paris: The fossil fuel industry has taken a very cavalier bet that China, India and the developing world will continue to block any serious effort to curb greenhouse emissions, and that there is, in any case, no viable alternative to oil, gas or coal for decades to come. Why might that be? Both assumptions were still credible six years ago when the Copenhagen climate […]

Blah, blah, blah

According to Upstream Online: A climate strategy is needed, and quickly It is? The topic under discussion is the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative, which I wrote about here. This is not all “blah, blah, blah,” argued Repsol chief executive Josu Jon Imaz San Miguel when talking in Paris last week about an oil industry initiative to help tackle climate change. No?  We shall see. The Spaniard was one of the oil and gas industry leaders who stuck their heads above […]

Get off your knees!

This is not good news for anyone who holds stock in the companies concerned: The leaders of 10 of the world’s biggest oil companies have offered their qualified support for a new global treaty on climate change. The producers of 20% of the world’s oil and gas say they share the ambition to limit warming to 2C. They promise to work to reduce the greenhouse gas intensity of the global energy mix. … The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative represents […]

And everyone will have a pony

This, from the clot running Greenpeace, deserves a proper fisking: The world can more than afford to switch to 100% renewable energy as the savings in fuel usage will outweigh the cost of switching from fossil fuels, a new Greenpeace-backed study has claimed. Erm, if 100% renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuels, then what is the “cost of switching from fossil fuels” he is talking about?  If it’s cheaper to switch to renewables, then there are no costs of […]