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Markets Are About to Deal With Climate -- Get Ready for Ugly

Carl Pope | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Advocates of "market-based" climate solutions paint pastel pictures reflecting smoothly adjusting macro-economic models. But commodity markets for oil and gas don't work that way. Schumpeter's destructive engine of capitalism is about to show its ugly side.

Greenwash: Shell May Remove 'Oil' From Name as it Moves to Tap Arctic, Gulf of Mexico

Steve Horn | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Shell Oil has announced it may take a page out of the BP "Beyond Petroleum" greenwashing book, rebranding itself as something other than an oil company for its United States-based unit. "Oil" could at some point in the near future be removed from the name.

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.

Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

David Goldwyn -- now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and head of Goldwyn Global Strategies -- would eventually come to assume that role as head of the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources, a Bureau that premiered under the watch of then-Secretary Clinton.

Revealed: Energy Transfer Partners' 'Pipeline-for-Prostitute' Landman

Steve Horn | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A DeSmog investigation has uncovered the identity of a land agent and the contract company he works with that allegedly offered to buy an Iowa farmer the services of two teenage sex workers in exchange for access to his land to build the controversial proposed Dakota Access pipeline.

Dimock, Penn. Lawsuit Trial-Bound as Study Links Fracking to Water Contamination in Neighboring County

Steve Horn | Posted 05.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A recent peer-reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has confirmed what many fracking critics have argued for years: hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas can contaminate groundwater.

Brother of Hillary Clinton's Top Campaign Aide Lobbied for Fracked Gas Export Terminal Co-Owned by Qatar

Steve Horn | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Anthony "Tony" Podesta began lobbying in late 2013 on behalf of a company co-owned by ExxonMobil and Qatar Petroleum aiming to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the global market.

Which Way Will Saudi Arabia Swing?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Luay Al Khatteeb

Each week seems to bring new twists in Middle Eastern geopolitics, with shockwaves on the energy market and in particular oil prices. The recent reshuffle in Saudi Arabia heralds a major break with established tradition and watershed in the trends of the oil industry.

"Carbon Copy": How Big Oil and King Coal Ghost Write Letters for Public Officials, Business Groups

Steve Horn | Posted 06.17.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The Billings Gazette has revealed that coal mining company Cloudpeak Energy ghost wrote protest letters to the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) on behalf of allied policymakers and business groups.

BNSF Challenges Lawsuit From Engineer Who Ran For His Life From Exploding Oil "Bomb Train"

Steve Horn | Posted 06.09.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) has responded defensively to the oil-by-rail lawsuit filed by former BNSF locomotive engineer Bryan Thompson, a case recently reported on by DeSmogBlog.

Is This Fracking Industry Flak Playing Both Sides?

Jesse Coleman | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Jesse Coleman

In an investigation into the funding of the Environmental Defense Fund's (EDF) work on oil and gas regulation, Inside Climate News discovered that a key EDF funder had hired FTI Consulting's David Blackmon to promote fracking regulations. Unbeknownst to his employer, Blackmon is a longtime oil industry consultant who is paid to oppose regulation of the fracking industry.

BNSF Engineer Who Manned Exploding North Dakota "Bomb Train" Sues Former Employer

Steve Horn | Posted 06.02.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) employee who worked as a locomotive engineer on the company's oil-by-rail train that exploded in rural Casselton, North Dakota in December 2013 has sued his former employer.

Disclosure Fail: Industry Reps Testifying for Denton, Texas Fracking Bill Left Ties Undisclosed

Steve Horn | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A March 24 hearing prior to the passage of a controversial bill out of committee that preempts cities in Texas from regulating hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and gas obtained from shale basins, featured numerous witnesses who failed to disclose their industry ties, including some with ties to the Koch brothers.

Iowa GOP Lawmaker: Rick Perry's Involvement With Bakken Fracked Oil Pipeline 'A Bad Idea'

Steve Horn | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Everyday Iowa voters are less likely to caucus for former Texas governor and potential presidential candidate Rick Perry "because of his involvement" with a controversial oil pipeline proposal, according to an influential state lawmaker who has made eminent domain one of his signature issues in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Near Zero Solutions: A New Climate and Energy News Round-Up

Mason Inman | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
Mason Inman

This is the first installment of Near Zero Solutions, a round-up of climate and energy news, focusing on efforts to move the world toward zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Federal Court Order: Explosive DOT-111 "Bomb Train" Oil Tank Cars Can Continue to Roll

Steve Horn | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

A U.S. federal court has ordered a halt in proceedings until May in a case centering around oil-by-rail tankers pitting the Sierra Club and ForestEthics against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named Fellow at Industry-Funded Atlantic Council

Steve Horn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.

Did My Piece on Coal Baron Murray v. Fracker McClendon Suit Lead To Sealing of Court Documents?

Steve Horn | Posted 03.11.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Bob Murray, owner of American Energy Corporation Century Mine in Ohio, sued Aubrey McClendon for allegedly infringing upon his company's copyright in August 2013. He claimed McClendon commandeered the "American Energy" brand.

Ben Walsh

The Oil Job Boom Is Over

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 01.09.2015 | Business

Oil has crashed, and it's likely to take the decade-long boom in U.S. oil jobs with it.

In Search of True Energy Independence

Jeff Inglis | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Jeff Inglis

As long as the United States remains dependent on the global market for oil -- even if an increasing share of that oil is produced domestically -- we remain subject to wild swings in price for a fossil fuel that is becoming increasingly expensive to produce

New Obama State Dept Top Energy Diplomat Amos Hochstein a Former Marathon Oil Lobbyist

Steve Horn | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The U.S. State Department recently announced that Amos Hochstein, currently the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, will take over as the State Department's top international energy diplomat.

This Is How Fracking Works

Posted 06.09.2015 | Business

Forget what they say about money; energy is LITERALLY what makes the world go round. And as science and technology have made extracting and utilizing ...

Environmental Groups File Motion to Intervene in Defense of Denton Fracking Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust days after attorneys representing Denton, Texas submitted their initial responses to two legal complaints filed again...

First Texas City to Ban Fracking Cites 'Public Nuisance' in Lawsuit Response

Steve Horn | Posted 02.03.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Attorneys representing Denton, Texas, the first city to ban hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in state history, have issued rebuttals to the two lawsuits filed against Denton the day after the fracking ban was endorsed by voters on election day.

'I Hate That Oil's Dropping': Why Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Wants High Oil Prices for Fracking

Steve Horn | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Tuscaloosa Marine Shale's "little problem" reflects a big problem the oil and gas industry faces -- particularly smaller operators involved with hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") -- going forward.