A document published by the Public Relations Society of America, discovered by DeSmog, reveals that from the onset of its public relations campaign, the oil industry courted mainstream media reporters to help it sell the idea of lifting the ban on crude oil exports to the American public and policymakers.
Oil companies are lobbying hard right now to get Washington politicians to lift the country's decades-old ban on oil exports. This week, as we reflect on Superstorm Sandy and the devastation it brought to the East Coast three years ago, we're pushing Congress to keep the ban in place, for the sake of the climate and our coastal communities.
Since mid-June the price per barrel of petroleum has collapsed by a staggering 37 percent. This almost perfectly mirrors -- in reverse -- the steep rise in oil prices in mid-2008, which was followed by an equally sharp contraction when the Great Recession -- the onset of the global economic and financial crisis -- struck with full fury.
The ongoing debate over the potential removal of an export ban on crude oil that could finally open global markets to U.S. crude oil supply would also challenge existing data collection and analysis practices, all at a time when access to energy is a key component of global security and U.S. geopolitical power.