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Oil Industry

Fracking Operations Run Roughshod over Pennsylvania Homeowners

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.26.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Lawmakers may sit in Harrisburg or Washington and say there is no need for environmental standards, but people living next door to leaking wastewater pits and polluting wells know better.

Pay No Attention to the Elephant: The Conventions and the Climate

William Bradley | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Nowhere is Romney's clinging to the old ways that have been getting us in trouble since the first Arab oil embargo nearly 40 years ago clearer than it is on energy policy and climate change.

The Promiscuous Politics of the Energy Industry

Stacy Clark | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Stacy Clark

In talking recently with climate expert Michael Mann, I realized that our conversation was nothing short of a roundabout tour in an effort to identify just how the well-funded climate denial machine has become a Catch-22 phenomenon.

Matt Sledge

Houston's Job Growth Renews Debate Over 'Texas Miracle' | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business

If you need a job -- and any will do -- move to Houston. Buoyed in part by the oil industry, the sprawling metropolitan area created the most jobs fro...

Give Solar Panels a Break

Terry Tamminen | Posted 08.19.2012 | Green
Terry Tamminen

If China is subsidizing solar panels, let's thank them and ask them to do more. The cheaper those panels are, the more Americans will go back to work installing them all over the country.

An Oil Industry Witch Hunt in Canada Threatens Us All

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.01.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

What is next in the United States, if the oil industry succeeds in silencing Canadian voices asking for basic public health and safety protections?

Manhattan Rental Prices In Kansas Boomtown

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 06.01.2012 | Business

"We’re not in Kansas anymore." That could be how some residents of the state's Harper County are feeling as an influx of workers following an oil...

Think Again: As a Matter of Fact

Eric Alterman | Posted 07.17.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

When fact-checking organizations tend to find many more conservative lies than liberal ones, rather than respond that conservatives tell far more lies, the fact-checkers go looking for liberal fabrications and find them whether they exist or not.

Ghanaian Oil: Only for the 1 Percent?

Kwei Quartey | Posted 06.26.2012 | World
Kwei Quartey

As Ghana feels its way along the path of oil production, a mood of fear and suspicion pervades a broad cross section of the Ghanaian citizenry that the deck is stacked against them.

States Where Incomes Are Rising The Fastest

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.26.2012 | Business

They don’t call them oil booms for nothing. An oil rush in North Dakota has helped the income of the state's residents grow at a rate significant...

Hillary for President? On the Other Side of the Gauntlet

William Bradley | Posted 06.24.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

It might just be President Hillary Clinton, after all. But what would that mean? Could she move the country forward after a tumultuous period of transition under Barack Obama?

Firm To Pay Big For Using 'The Hammer' To Influence Oil Prices

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business

* Dutch firm accused of manipulating oil prices * CFTC case one of largest involving oil price manipulation * No admissi...

Big Oil's Excuses Running on Fumes

Javier Sierra | Posted 06.18.2012 | Green
Javier Sierra

One could think that an industry that has been around for more than a century should be ready to wean itself from the public trough. But Big Oil's power in Congress is formidable.

Iran Agrees To Talk, So Oil Prices Fall

Reuters | Posted 06.09.2012 | Business

* Iran nuclear talks to be held in Istanbul * U.S., allies want end to high-level enrichment * Disappointing U.S. jobs d...

Payola for the Most Profitable Corporations in History

Bill McKibben | Posted 06.05.2012 | Green
Bill McKibben

There's a problem: the very word "subsidies" makes American eyes glaze over. If due attention is to be paid, we have to figure out a language in which to talk about them that will make it clear just how loony our policy is.

Blood Diamond Now Blood Oil in Kenya

Kevin Mbewa Anyango | Posted 06.03.2012 | World
Kevin Mbewa Anyango

The discovery of oil must be good news for people of Turkana who have always felt left out by government of the day. But will people of Turkana really benefit from the excursion? The signs do not look good.

"All of the Above" Can't Deliver All the Benefits the Clean Energy Economy Can

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.23.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Instead of offering targeted policies, many leaders are suggesting an "all of the above" approach to energy development. The idea is that we should throw everything we have at the problem and see what sticks. It's a misguided strategy that would do more harm than good.

This Country Is Luxury's Latest Favorite

AP | YINKA IBUKUN | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Glittering sapphire necklaces, designer suits against perfumed skin, the taste of freshly popped Champagne and the roar of a speedin...

$5 Per Gallon Gas is Coming; Where's Obama's Windfall Profits Tax on the Oil Industry?

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.19.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

President Obama needs to keep his 2008 campaign promise and pass a windfall profits tax on oil and gas industry. It will help keep the price of gas down, boost the economy and raise revenue to balance the budget.

Clean Air and Public Safety Triumph Over Keystone XL and Dirty Energy in the Senate

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.09.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

In a major victory for public health and the environment, the Senate defeated three dirty amendments on Thursday.

Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Won't Ease Gas Prices; Senate Must Reject It

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.07.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Pipeline supporters and their allies in Congress are trying to capitalize on rising gas prices by claiming the pipeline would lower prices at the pump. That is patently false.

Filling Up Your Tank Getting A Whole Lot Harder

AP | PABLO GORONDI | Posted 04.21.2012 | Business

Oil prices jumped to a nine-month high above $105 a barrel on Monday after Iran said it halted crude exports to Britain and France in an escalation of...

Santorum Searches For Support In Oil Country

AP | JAMES MacPHERSON and BRIAN BAKST | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics

TIOGA, N.D. -- Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has been spending plenty of time in oil country lately, prospecting for GOP votes – and money....

The Class of Talkers Playing Down the Cost of Fossil Fuel Dependence

Gabe Elsner | Posted 04.12.2012 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The fossil fuel lobby aggressively uses propaganda to block public health protections, manipulate the energy debate, defend their massive government handouts and attack clean energy sources that threaten to displace them.

North Dakota Walmart Evicts Workers Living In Parking Lot

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.10.2012 | Business

Apparently one Walmart isn't cool with people squatting in its parking lot. Dozens of workers who have flocked to Williston, North Dakota to benef...