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Kate Sheppard

Department Of Interior Issues New Rules For Fracking On Public Lands

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Interior released new rules for hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on public lands in the United States on Friday, t...

Senator Calls For Investigation Into The Climate Change 'Denial-For-Hire Scheme'

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Recently released documents show that fossil fuel interests paid more than $1.2 million to fund the research of a prominent climate chan...

Kate Sheppard

Interior Department Rolls Out First Rules For Arctic Drilling

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration on Friday proposed the first rules for oil and gas drilling in the Arctic. The Department of Interior's Bu...

Kate Sheppard

Obama Administration Outlines New Proposal For Offshore Oil And Gas Leasing

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration released a draft of a five-year plan for oil and gas lease sales on Tuesday that would open areas of the Atlant...

Center for Public Integrity Reveals How PR Firms Manufacture Consent for Oil, Big Business

Steve Horn | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The Center for Public Integrity has broken new ground by publishing a months-long investigation into the public relations and influence-peddling spending conducted by Big Business trade associations between 2008-2012.

Big Business Spends A Billion To Influence

The Center for Public Integrity | Erin Quinn and Chris Young | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C. Forget lo...

Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles

Steve Horn | Posted 02.17.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The NDAA also included a provision that opened the floodgates for natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in the U.S. -- cars that would largely be fueled by gas obtained via fracking.

Big Rail Cites Bin Laden, Al Qaeda to Fight Oil-by-Rail Route Transparency

Steve Horn | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

While many states around the U.S. have released information to the public about the frequency and routes of trains carrying oil obtained from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, holdouts still remain. Why the delay? Homeland security concerns, claim some companies.

Court: Key Environmental Law Doesn't Apply to Part of Enbridge Keystone XL "Clone"

Steve Horn | Posted 10.19.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

A U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that Enbridge's 600-mile-long Flanagan South Pipeline, a Keystone XL "clone," is legally cleared to proceed opening for business in October.

GOP Senate Candidate Takes Heat For Big Oil Fundraiser

The Huffington Post | Alex Lazar | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics

GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who's running for Iowa's open seat, is under fire for planning to attend a fundraiser with the political action commi...

'NYT' Op-Ed Militates for Higher Oil Prices and Fewer American Jobs

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.25.2014 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Mr. Steven Rattner demonstrates that he lives in an oil industry induced fantasy whose preachments have seduced the public, our government, our press in the misguided belief that the price we are paying for oil is a market derived price reflective of actual supply and demand. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Industry Data: Oil-By-Rail in North America Moving at Record Levels

Steve Horn | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

For the 26th week of 2014 (the half year point) in the U.S., 18.5% more tank cars were on the tracks carrying petroleum and/or petroleum products than last year, a total of 15,894 cars.

Industry Complaints About the New EPA Carbon Pollution Rule? We've Heard It All Before

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

Industrial polluters are using the same scare tactic they trot out every time the government proposes stricter emission controls: exaggerate the cost, overstate job losses, and completely ignore the benefits.

Recent Federal Court Decision Could Muddy Waters for Keystone XL South, Flanagan South

Steve Horn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

In the Delaware Riverkeeper v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) case, judges ruled that a continuous pipeline project cannot be segmented into multiple parts to avoid a comprehensive National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review. This is what Kinder Morgan proposed and did for its Northeast Upgrade Project.

Koch Network, Fossil-Fuel Front Groups Lobby Congress Against Wind-Energy Tax Breaks

Gabe Elsner | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The Koch-brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity spearheaded a letter claiming that 117 organizations oppose reviving wind-energy tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. The Energy and Policy Institute discovered that a majority of the groups have ties to the Koch brothers or other fossil-fuel interests.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Faces Mounting Pressure to Act on Oil, Gas, Mining Global Transparency

Frank Vogl | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Frank Vogl

The American Petroleum Institute (API), the powerhouse lobbying group for the oil industry, is pushing hard for actions that are not only explicitly against the interests of investors, but that bolster corrupt regimes in many foreign countries.

North Carolina's Fracking Bill Sponsor Has Close Ties to Industry

Jesse Coleman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Jesse Coleman

A bill being pushed through the North Carolina legislature would fast track hydraulic fracturing in the state. The bill passed the state Senate yesterday and now heads to the House.

Earth Day Greenwash: API Front Group Iowa Energy Forum Sponsors Pro-Keystone XL Event

Steve Horn | Posted 06.22.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

The political carnival that is the prelude to the Iowa caucuses has started over a year and a half early. At the center of it this time around: a game of political hot potato over the northern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

U.S. Transportation Officials Accuse Industry Of Hampering Oil Train Safety

AP | MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. transportation officials say the oil industry is not giving up information needed to gauge the danger of moving crude by...

Kate Sheppard

Oil And Gas Lobby Lays Out 2014 Agenda

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– The oil industry's leading lobby group, the American Petroleum Institute, debuted its 2014 agenda on Tuesday: Keystone, Keystone, and ...

Kate Sheppard

Oil Industry Loves Plan To Lift Ban On Crude Exports

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The oil industry's leading trade group on Tuesday praised Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R) call for a review of the country's effective ...

Beyond Incoherent

Carl Pope | Posted 02.25.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

"We know corruption is killing more kids than TB, AIDS, and malaria put together. There is a vaccine and it's called transparency."

The Oil & Gas Industry's Fractured Fairy Tales

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
Elliott Negin

A number of industries have been trying to exploit the jobless economic recovery by claiming they could create millions of jobs if the government would just get out of the way. The oil and gas industry is one of the worst offenders.

Unions and Corporations: Failing to Unite, United to Fail

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.10.2013 | Business
Dale Hansen

The truth is both entities want the companies to succeed and until we start seeing corporations and unions as two sides of the same coin, we will continue to fight a useless rhetorical war where union leaders pay is inexplicably considered an important talking point.

Koch-Funded Climate Contrarians Make Mischief on Capitol Hill

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

With Congress about to head out of town for its summer recess, a Washington-based think tank is ramping up a campaign to foil any attempts to institute a tax on carbon emissions.