Tagged: oil

The absurd ’moral superiority’ of tar sands oil - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jul 31, 2011

In a rational world the notion that Canadian tar sands oil is ‘ethical’ by comparison with oil from many other sources would be laughable. But I wrote earlier this year that the Canadian Conservation Minister Peter Kent used the term with some emphasis in his defence of the tar sands operation. This week I read [...] … Read More

Earle: everything in the oceans at risk - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Mar 19, 2011

“We are committed to developing deepwater energy supplies offshore.” Those blunt words from the US Administration were put to oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Stephen Sackur late in a captivating BBC Hardtalk interview I watched a few days ago. What chance, he asked, did her message about the plight of the oceans stand in the face [...] … Read More

Moving the earth for oil - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Jan 11, 2011

Ethical oil. That’s what Canada is producing from its massive tar sands operation, according to the newly appointed Environment Minister Peter Kent. I admit to having missed that dimension in what I have read of the oil extraction from tar sands. I understood that when the CO2 emissions from its production is added to the [...] … Read More

Hansen: shelter from the storm - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Dec 28, 2010

James Hansen has long been a leading climate scientist and he is also an excellent communicator of the science to the public. What he had to say about the scientific picture in his recent interview with Bill McKibben, a different aspect of which I highlighted in yesterday’s post, is of interest for its clarity and [...] … Read More

How Kiwi know-how can save the world - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Oct 22, 2010

This a guest post by Kevin Cudby, the author of From Smoke To Mirrors, reviewed earlier this week by Bryan. I started researching my new book, From Smoke to Mirrors, back in 2007. I had been following alternative energy stories, and I was inundated with blogs and press releases from hucksters peddling silly ideas that [...] … Read More

The politics of failure/the failure of politics - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 22, 2010

As an example of contradictory thinking it would be hard to better Energy and Resources Minister Gerry Brownlee this week. He was announcing that oil and gas exploration in New Zealand is to get a substantial boost in government resources, including funding to further the possible exploitation of deep-sea methane hydrates. He made a plea [...] … Read More

Interesting bitties: different alphas, plastic to oil, drunk voles and a fry - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Sep 10, 2010

Whilst in the process of writing other, more long-form posts, I thought I’d throw you all the proverbial bone. A bone Or, to be more precise, smattering of things wot I has found interesting today, and which you might find interesting too. First up! Akinori Ito goes down as favourite human … Read More

Challenged by Carbon - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Aug 20, 2010

Oil industry geologists have hardly been noted for their readiness to accept the findings of climate science. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a large international organisation of 31,000 members, is non-committal in its 2007 statement, though that was admittedly an advance on their previous rejection of anthropogenic warming.  Bryan Lovell has worked as a [...] … Read More