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Oil Industry Trade Group Knew About Climate Change In The 1980s

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 02.08.2016 | Business

Just months after the New York attorney general launched an investigation into oil giant ExxonMobil over allegations that it misled investors about c...

Army of Lobbyists Push LNG Exports, Methane Hydrates, Coal in Senate Energy Bill

Steve Horn | Posted 02.04.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cros-Posted from DeSmogBlogAs the U.S. presidential race dominates the media, it is easy to forget that both chambers of the U.S. Congress are current...

Obama's Oily Christmas Gift: Faster Pipeline Approvals

Steve Horn | Posted 01.03.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Just over a week before the U.S. signed the Paris climate agreement at the conclusion of the COP21 United Nations summit, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law with a provision that expedites permitting of oil and gas pipelines in the United States.

Big Oil Argued for U.S. Crude Exports to Fend Off Iran, But First Exporter Vitol Group Also Exported Iran's Oil

Steve Horn | Posted 12.29.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The American Petroleum Institute (API) successfully lobbied for an end to the 40-year ban on exporting U.S.-produced crude oil in part by making a geopolitical argument: Iran and Russia have the ability to export their oil, so why not unleash America?

ExxonMobil, Peabody Coal Lobbying for Bill Preventing Climate Change Accounting in US Trade Deals

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe day before global leaders and diplomats passed a climate change deal in Paris at the United Nations climate summit, th...

Exporting America's Oil No Longer a Slick Idea

D.A. Barber | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
D.A. Barber

It's time to throw out those "American Energy Independence" bumper stickers from the 2012 election and forget about US energy self-sufficiency because now the oil industry's top priority is to repeal the 40-year-old ban on exporting America's oil.

You Can Keep Cutting Taxes, If You Want to Pay the Price

Llewellyn King | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

When I hear tax-cutting expounded as an unassailable conservative virtue, my mind goes back to a lunch in Houston in the 1970s, when two of conservatism's rising stars and I were speakers at a meeting of the American Petroleum Institute.

Obama Administration Releases Final Ozone Rule, Pleasing No One

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency released a contentious and long-awaited new limit on ozone pollution Thursday, and it's not likely ...

Oil Industry Gets Help On Undermining Ozone Standards From A Well-Informed Source

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to lower limits on ozone pollution has been fraught with controversy. But opponents of l...

Internal Documents Show Fossil Fuel Industry Has Been Aware of Climate Change for Decades

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.08.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Sen. Whitehouse likened their actions to those of the tobacco companies that conspired to manufacture doubt about the link between smoking and disease when they were all too aware of it. In 2006, a federal district court ruled that the tobacco industry's deceptive campaign to maximize its profits by hoodwinking the public amounted to a racketeering enterprise.

Enbridge Stuffs Provision Into Wisconsin Budget to Expedite Controversial Piece of 'Keystone XL Clone'

Steve Horn | Posted 07.14.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

On Thursday, July 3, on the eve of a long Fourth of July holiday weekend, Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge landed a sweetheart deal: a provision in the 2015 Wisconsin budget that will serve to expedite permitting for its controversial proposed Line 61 tar sands pipeline expansion project.

American Petroleum Institute Ads Target Smog Rules

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 06.12.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

In a move that seems ripe for a John Oliver comedy segment, the American Petroleum Institute (API) has taken to radio, print, television, and social media to blanket Americans with the concept that our air is just fine the way it is -- more specifically, that ozone pollution doesn't require any further regulation.

Kate Sheppard

The EPA Announced New Requirements For Biofuels, And Basically Everyone Is Unhappy

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday proposed new volume requirements for biofuels, to a chorus of complaints from all sides. ...

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.