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Security Firm Running Dakota Access Pipeline Intelligence Has Ties to U.S. Military Work in Iraq and Afghanistan

Steve Horn | Posted 10.31.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogTigerSwan is one of several security firms under investigation for its work guarding the Dakota Access pipeline in North D...

Trump Economic Adviser "Pushing" for Climate Denier, Fracking Promoter to Head EPA

Steve Horn | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Steve Horn

Photo Credit: Heritage Foundation | YouTube ScreenshotCross-Posted from DeSmogBlogStephen Moore -- economic adviser for Republican Party presidential ...

As Dakota Access Protests Escalated, Obama Admin OK'd Same Company for Two Pipelines to Mexico

Steve Horn | Posted 09.20.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogPhoto Credit: C-SPANOn September 9, the Obama administration revoked authorization for construction of the Dakota Access P...

Did a Front Group Use Pro-Dakota Access Pipeline Fake Accounts on Twitter, Led by GOP-Tied Firm?

Steve Horn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog Image Credit: Twitter A DeSmog investigation has revealed the possibility that a front group supporting the controver...

Security Firm Guarding Dakota Access Pipeline Also Used PSYOPs Tactics for BP

Steve Horn | Posted 09.13.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog G4S, a company hiring security staff to guard the hotly contested Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL), also works to guard oil...

In World Of $50 Oil, Shale Beats Deepwater

Oilprice.com | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

U.S. shale is the lowest cost option for new oil production and is likely to be more competitive than conventional offshore drilling, according to a n...

Get Smart Fast: Crude Oil Exports in 200 Words

Elizabeth McCulley Gore | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth McCulley Gore

Because of concerns about energy security and decades of living with energy scarcity, exporting oil has traditionally been controversial.

Will U.S. Shale Stage A Comeback As Oil Nears $50?

Oilprice.com | Posted 05.18.2016 | Business
Oilprice.com

The casualty list in the oil and gas sector continues to climb. On Monday, unable to keep up with its mountain of debt, SandRidge Energy filed for Ch...

IOGCC: The Most Powerful Oil and Gas Lobby You've Never Heard Of

Steve Horn | Posted 04.11.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

The Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) is far from a household name, but a new investigation published by InsideClimate News' Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Lisa Song may have just put what is likely the most powerful oil and gas lobbying node you've never heard of on the map.

Contraction in U.S. Shale Pushes Oil to $40

Nick Cunningham | Posted 03.09.2017 | Business
Nick Cunningham

Crude oil prices have rallied by more than 30 percent since early February and investors are growing more confident that a rebound is in order. Have o...

Fracking Supply Chain a Climate Disaster, Doing Little to Uplift Poor Communities: Studies

Steve Horn | Posted 03.08.2017 | Green
Steve Horn

Two recent studies further call into question the oil and gas industry's claims of the climate benefits and community benefits of hydraulic fracturing ("fracking").

Shale Set to Decline Substantially This Year

James Stafford | Posted 02.22.2017 | Business
James Stafford

U.S. shale has weathered the oil crash better than many expected, but the stubborn persistence of low prices through 2016 could amount to the "straw breaking the camel's back" for shale production.

Banana Republic: U.S. Fracking Pioneer Aubrey McClendon Bringing Practice to Argentina

Steve Horn | Posted 01.28.2017 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogAubrey McClendon, the embattled former CEO and co-founder of Chesapeake Energy, has announced his entrance into Argentina ...

Saudi Arabia's Shrewd Gamble

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home
Daniel Wagner

The government of Saudi Arabia has been roundly criticized for its brazen attempt to retain oil market share while driving the price of oil into the ground, its beheading of the Shi'ia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, and its war in Yemen.

Emails: U.S. Government Facilitated LNG Business Deals Before Terminals Got Required Federal Permits

Steve Horn | Posted 01.03.2017 | Green
Steve Horn

Emails and documents obtained by DeSmog reveal that the U.S. Department of Trade has actively promoted and facilitated business deals for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry and export terminal owners, even before some of the terminals have the federal regulatory agency permits needed to open for business.

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 12.29.2016 | 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?

'Miracle of American Oil': Continental Resources Courted Corporate Media to Sell Oil Exports

Steve Horn | Posted 12.28.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

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.

Federal Court Gives Blessing to Covertly Approved Enbridge Cross-Border Tar Sands Pipeline Expansion

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogA federal court has ruled that the Enbridge Alberta Clipper (Line 67) cross-border tar sands pipeline expansion project, p...

Groups Ask Columbia University To Reveal Funding Behind Exxon-Tied Center on Global Energy Policy

Steve Horn | Posted 12.20.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogFinal exams and winter break loom large for students at Columbia University, but at the upper echelons of the university's...

Meet the Lobbyists and Big Money Interests Pushing to End the Oil Exports Ban

Steve Horn | Posted 12.16.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

The ongoing push to lift the ban on exports of U.S.-produced crude oil appears to be coming to a close, with Congress agreeing to a budget deal with a provision to end the decades-old embargo.

TransCanada's Next Move After Keystone XL: Flood Mexico with Fracked Gas With State Department Help

Steve Horn | Posted 11.11.2016 | Green
Steve Horn

TransCanada, the owner of the recently-nixed northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, has won a bid from Mexico's government to build a 155-mile pipeline carrying gas from hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in the United States to Mexico's electricity grid.

OPEC, Get Ready for the Second U.S. Oil Boom

James Stafford | Posted 07.14.2016 | Business
James Stafford

When low oil prices close doors, technology steps in to reopen them, and certainly innovation will drive the next U.S. oil boom -- and the latest advancements are already commercially viable. The door has been re-opened.

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

Steve Horn | Posted 07.12.2016 | 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 07.06.2016 | 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 07.01.2016 | 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.