US President-elect Biden will have his challenges on fracking when his administration takes office

Laura Sanicola writes on the Reuters website about how the American Petroleum Institute will do everything possible to ensure Biden does not fulfil his promise to ban new gas and oil permits on federal lands. No one said the energy transition would be easy.   U.S. oil industry group pledges to fight possible Biden fracking … Continue reading US President-elect Biden will have his challenges on fracking when his administration takes office

New EEA data available from on GHG emissions from transport fuels

Achieving the 2020 target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport fuels remains problematic for most European Union Member States according to the latest reported data up to 2018 released by the European Environment Agency (EEA) this week.   Still insufficient progress in making transport fuels more climate friendly, latest EEA data show The … Continue reading New EEA data available from on GHG emissions from transport fuels

New IISD report: G20 backtracks on fossil fuel funding phase-out

G20 governments are still spending more than half a trillion USD on oil, gas, and coal each year—and the pandemic has likely undone any progress on phasing out this support. In Doubling Back and Doubling Down: G20 Scorecard on Fossil Fuel Funding, researchers considered recovery commitments and pre-pandemic policies to rank G20 countries' progress in … Continue reading New IISD report: G20 backtracks on fossil fuel funding phase-out

Recovery packages heavily weighted to support legacy fossil fuel energy

Tim McManan-Smith writes on the energyst website about a new report that the weight of support for the fossil fuel sector from announced stimulus packages shows the persisting institutional bias in favour of preserving a legacy sector. “This is very likely to prove myopic, economically-speaking, and misaligned with G20 countries’ decarbonisation commitments under the Paris … Continue reading Recovery packages heavily weighted to support legacy fossil fuel energy

What it will take for Africa to go green and disentangle itself from the business of exporting fossil fuels abroad

As Africa develops faster, countries are shifting their focus to investment in renewable energy. The director of the Nairobi-based think tank Power Shift Africa explains how the continent can embark on a journey toward a green future.  Sam Baker interviewed Mohamed Adow in an article on the Deutsche Welle website   'We are not locked … Continue reading What it will take for Africa to go green and disentangle itself from the business of exporting fossil fuels abroad

What do Canadians think about the role oil and gas should play in Canada’s energy future, and how polarised is the conversation?

A University of Ottawa survey finds opinions polarized by party affiliation more than ideology, with party rhetoric amplifying ideological differences. Rafael Aguirre, Stephen Bird and Monica Gattinger discuss the survey on the Policy Options website.   What Canadians think about the future of oil and gas The past 12 months have roiled the global oil … Continue reading What do Canadians think about the role oil and gas should play in Canada’s energy future, and how polarised is the conversation?

At a meeting last year, oil industry leaders contradicted public claims that emissions of climate-warming methane are under control

Do oil companies have emissions under control or not? Hiroko Tabuchi writes on the New York Times website about a recording of a meeting of a group of energy company representatives that reveal their real views.   A Secret Recording Reveals Oil Executives’ Private Views on Climate Change Last summer, oil and gas-industry groups were … Continue reading At a meeting last year, oil industry leaders contradicted public claims that emissions of climate-warming methane are under control

Many US states and cities are suing oil companies for the damage they say their products have caused due to climate change

In a wave of recent lawsuits, local governments are demanding some of the nation’s biggest energy firms pay for the cost of dealing with increasing temperatures and rising seas. Dino Grandoni explains latest developments in an article on the Washington Post website.   States and cities scramble to sue oil companies over climate change More … Continue reading Many US states and cities are suing oil companies for the damage they say their products have caused due to climate change

Fossil fuel industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash

Confronting a climate crisis that threatens the fossil fuel industry, oil companies are racing to make more plastic. That means more waste. Faced with plunging profits and a climate crisis that threatens fossil fuels, the industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash. Hiroko Tabuchi, … Continue reading Fossil fuel industry is demanding a trade deal that weakens Kenya’s rules on plastics and on imports of American trash

Mixed messages from BP about the low-carbon energy transition

We are getting mixed messages about BP and their approach to clean energy. This week, many news outlets have reported that BP plans significant investments in renewable energy and has plans for a future with more electrical generation. But Madeleine Cuff had an exclusive article on the inews website this week that shows a somewhat … Continue reading Mixed messages from BP about the low-carbon energy transition