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Why are the big green NGOs (the likes of Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF) so silent when it comes to attacking the fake “environmental” motives behind some recent foreign government clashes with Western big oil companies? Increasingly resource-rich countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan or Venezuela are using their environmental laws to put pressure on Western big… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

It is interesting but also confusing to see how the media have covered the outcome of the Vienna meeting on climate change policies after 2012. “Agreement Reached on Greenhouse Gas Curb” is the title of the Associated Press, whereas the Washington Post headline reads “U.N. Climate Talks End in Cloud of Discord“. The UK’s Telegraph,… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I collected a few interesting blogosphere reactions to yesterday’s FT news that the European Commission will restrict Russian access to the European gas- and electricity transmission networks when it will present new proposals for further liberalisation of the energy market on 19 September [see story on EurActiv and original news on the Financial Times]. On the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

In the UK’s Independent, David Strahan, the author of the excellent book “The Last Oil Shock: a survival guide to the imminent extinction of petroleum man”, uses new rumours of an imminent merger of Royal Dutch Shell and BP to make the case that the big oil majors are facing difficult times. The real motivation… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer