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Dan Froomkin

Dems' Oil Subsidy Repeal Push Puts GOP On Defensive | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats are gleefully charging ahead with a proposal to end multi-billion-dollar oil and gas subsidies, seeing an opportunity to redir...

Dan Froomkin

GOP Over A Barrel: Obama Seeks Political Wedge As Oil Profits Soar | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Both political parties are eager to harness the public’s growing, boiling rage over high gas prices. So far, Republicans must be pl...

One Year Later, Congress and Industry Do Nothing to Make Drilling Safer

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Last week, Rep. Doc Hastings, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, declared, "Drilling is safe." It was as if we learned nothing from the BP disaster and the ongoing suffering it has caused.

Republicans Continue to Alienate Voters: This Time on the Environment

Margie Omero | Posted 06.18.2011 | Green
Margie Omero

Americans do not want to see weakened protection of environment. Republicans -- once again -- risk overplaying their hands by showing such enthusiasm for unpopular positions.

A Year on, BP Oil Still Mars Gulf Communities as Public Scrutiny Dries up

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.17.2011 | Green
Michelle Chen

The April 14 meeting proceeded efficiently, as scheduled, for BP shareholders. For the workers, environmentalists and community members rallying in protest, though, the day of reckoning had yet to arrive.

Dan Froomkin

Senators Demand SEC Explain Delay Of Anti-Corruption Rule | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The bipartisan Senate sponsors of an anti-corruption measure are demanding to know why the Securities and Exchange Commission has unilat...

Dan Froomkin

SEC Stalls On Anti-Corruption Regulation Opposed By Big Oil | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Oil and mining interests are fighting back against an anti-corruption measure included in last summer's financial reform package that wa...

Dan Froomkin

Freshman Republican Breaks Rank On Oil Subsidies | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

A freshman Republican congressman from Wisconsin has broken rank with his GOP colleagues by calling on lawmakers to re-evaulate the multi-billion-doll...

Dan Froomkin

How The Oil Lobby Greases Washington's Wheels | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics

Clout in Washington isn't about winning legislative battles -- it's about making sure that they never happen at all. The oil and gas industry has that...

Obama Lays Out Ambitious Clean Energy Plan, Now We Need to Make It a Reality

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.31.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

The nation can meet the president's proposed target through an increased combination of energy efficiency, renewable power, and better use of natural gas.

Oil Exploration in the Rockies: Whatever It Takes

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.30.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

I have no doubt that if there were any way to drill for oil beneath our national parks and protected wilderness areas, industry would seize the moment.

Japan, Libya and BP Blowout Make the Case for Energy Change

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Postcards from the ragged edge of our global energy system highlight the costs we pay, the risks we bear and the toll we submit to every day for the power and fuel we use. The choice before us could not be more clear.

In a Life Without Oil, What Hope Is There for North Africa and the Middle East?

Steve Hallett and John Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Hallett and John Wright

Many countries in the Middle East have built their entire existence around oil. They will eventually realize how little of the oil has been invested in preparations for a post-oil future.

Natural Gas Industry Needs to Clean up Its Act

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Natural gas as it is currently produced and distributed has significant, avoidable downsides.

Preparing for the Next Oil Shock

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Even before the recent upheavals in the Middle East, there were signs that the time is approaching when global oil extraction will peak and begin its terminal decline.

Is Middle East Unrest Causing Oil Price Spikes? Maybe Not

Barry Sussman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Barry Sussman

Reporters and editors, based on past experience, should examine the extent to which stock market speculators and the oil companies are pushing gas prices to the $4 mark.

The Coming Oil Crisis and Your Investments

Dan Solin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Solin

Talk of unrest in the Middle East fills the airways. Will the rising prices in oil end our "tenuous" economic recovery and plunge us into another recession?

Is It Time for an Oil Tax?

Henry Blodget | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Henry Blodget

What really screws the economy is not high oil prices, it's the yo-yoing of prices. A gas tax, phased in over several years, would gradually increase prices at the pump to make alternatives relatively more affordable.

A Republican Rampage

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

The GOP has launched an assault on public health, clean air, fresh water, and wildlife. This attack on our environment won't take a nibble out of our deficit, but it will take the teeth out of needed protections.

GE Makes Big Move Into Oil Business

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(By Megan Davies): General Electric Co (GE.N) is to buy a unit of British energy services firm John Wood Group (WG.L) for about $2.8 billion, the ...

WikiLeaks Brings Misguided Joy to Preachers of Oil's Peak

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The perception of shortage is one of the bedrocks of the oil producers' pricing propaganda, rationalizing steepening prices and profits to the OPEC cartel. So of course we're fed reports of scarcity.

Your Tax Dollars at Work: Helping BP and Exxon Kill Clean Energy

Kelly Rigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

To be clear: our addiction to fossil fuel is killing us just as surely as tobacco causes cancer. And like the tobacco industry in decades past, the fossil fuel industry hopes you won't notice until it's too late.

Obama Moves To Cut Oil Industry Subsidies

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

President Obama will propose nixing around $36.5 billion a year in oil and gas company subsidies and tax breaks in his new budget, set to be released ...

Obama Promotes Clean Energy and Clean Air in the State of the Union

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

I applaud the president's ambitious goals in striving to boost clean energy generation in the United States -- many states have already achieved impressive gains with their own clean energy targets.

Gulf Residents Respond to the National Oil Spill Commission's Report

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Hard-hit yet resilient residents spoke with passion about the impact this spill continues to have on their waters, their livelihoods, and their way of life.