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Stephen Kretzmann
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Stephen Kretzmann is the Executive Director of Oil Change International which is a founding member of the Dirty Energy Money campaign.

Steve Kretzmann has worked on energy issues and the global oil industry for the last twenty years. He has worked with communities and organizations around the world concerned with the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the oil industry. He has campaigned to keep coasts free from oil & gas drilling, keep bike lanes open in New York City, expose the oil industry’s involvement in drafting Iraq’s new oil law and end destructive public finance by institutions such as the World Bank. He has also represented various organizations in Washington and at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Montreal Protocol.

Mr. Kretzmann has authored numerous articles and reports and is a regular commentator on issues of corporate accountability, climate change, the global oil industry, and environmental and human rights. He founded Oil Change International in 2005 in order to educate about the true impacts of fossil fuels and to conduct research, education, and organizing to hasten the transition to clean energy.

Entries by Stephen Kretzmann

Bribery Is a Bargain for Big Oil

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 1:05 PM

If you are wondering why a pipeline that would create fewer jobs than a new McDonalds is the number one priority of what used to be known as "the world's greatest deliberative body," you are not alone.

The answer, unsurprisingly, has everything to do with money,...

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State Department's Real Errors in Keystone XL Review

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Last month, the State Department published an errata sheet for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline project. State Department's error sheet, and much of the coverage of it, clearly points out that railing tar sands is potentially even...

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Kerry's State Department Ignored Obama's Climate Action Plan

(4) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 2:52 PM

In 2009, President Obama made a commitment to reduce U.S. greenhouse gases by 17 percent by 2020. The Obama administration put this forward as the U.S. share of a global effort to limit climate change to no more than two degrees Celsius - the target scientists tell us may be...

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Coal Cash, Climate Denial Fuel 'Citizens United 2'

(7) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 4:22 PM

Alabama coal baron and conservative activist Shaun McCutcheon has a problem. He doesn't feel that $123,200 buys him enough influence in Washington. He wants to spend more. A lot more.

McCutcheon, a big fan of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, apparently feels that this existing aggregate federal campaign contribution...

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InfoGraphic: $1 Trillion in Global Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

(3) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 10:46 AM

At both the G20 and Rio+20 meetings this week, ending fossil-fuel subsidies is on the table. While 135 countries have already voiced their support for fossil-fuel-subsidy reform, very little action has backed up those words.

Oil Change International has released a new study this week that evaluates the...

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Fred Upton: Big Oil's Superman in the Super Congress

(30) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 3:54 PM

Numerous recent polls reveal that the American people believe that Congress is more responsive to their campaign donors than their own constituents. In addition, Americans of all affiliations clearly favor ending oil industry handouts. The question is, whose side is Fred Upton on: the...

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Big Oil's Backup Plan

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 1:00 PM

One of the few bright spots for environmentalists and progressives over the last year was this week's successful defeat of Proposition 23 in California. As the organizer Saul Alinsky famously observed, power flows from both people and money. Unlike every other energy battle this year, for Prop 23, activists had...

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The Polluter's Newfound Concern for the Poor

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 1:01 PM

Two days ago in St. Louis, the head of the largest coal producer in the US, Peabody Energy's Gregory H. Boyce, delivered the keynote address on 'The Future of Fossil Fuels' at the Global Energy Future Symposium at Washington University in St. Louis. His message was to "put...

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Leadership Lessons in the Gulf

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 2:07 PM

BP's Drilling Disaster is quickly unfolding to become one of the world's worst ever environmental catastrophes. Credible sources already are saying that the volume of oil gushing into the Gulf exceeds the Exxon Valdez, and shockingly, there is no end in sight.

As oil continues to gush into...

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Money for Nothing, and Your Climate for Free

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2009 | 7:04 AM

According to a leaked letter, the Obama Administration is set to propose ending fossil fuel subsidies next week at the Pittsburgh G20. The letter -- authored by Michael Froman, an Obama advisor on international economic affairs -- calls on the G20 to eliminate all fossil fuel and electricity subsidies...

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Shell's Settlement Doesn't Hide Unsettling Reality in Nigeria

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 11:07 AM

After thirteen years and countless hours by lawyers, community members, and activists around the world, Royal Dutch Shell finally settled the Wiwa v Shell case in a New York court for $15.5 million.

Plaintiffs in the case, which included Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr., and the families of other Ogoni men...

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War for Oil in Nigeria

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 6:22 PM

Three weeks ago in the oil rich but impoverished Niger Delta, the Nigerian military reportedly attacked several villages, leaving hundreds, possibly thousands dead. It is the latest incident in the ongoing struggle between armed insurgent groups and the Nigerian military for control of the creeks, lowland rainforest, and mangroves from...

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