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Dirty Denier$ Day 18: Congressman Ed Whitfield

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Congressman Whitfield should learn the many benefits of reducing pollution. Lives saved, asthma attacks prevented, and heart attacks avoided just to name a few.

Dirty Denier$ Day 17: Congressman Rodney Davis

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rep. Rodney Davis is far out of step with most Americans who want clean air, land, water and for the government to do something about climate change. And he needs to show some leadership by embracing his own words by taking action on climate change.

Dirty Denier$ Day 16: Congressman Henry Cuellar

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

We did a little digging and found an interesting pattern. It turns out that while Rep. Cuellar's pro-environment votes went way, way down, his contributions from the oil & gas industry went up -- way, way up.

DirtyDenier$ Day 15: Congressman Steve Daines

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Reading through Montana Rep. Steve Daines' list of campaign contributors is like looking at a who's who of dirty polluters.

DirtyDenier$ Day 14: Pat Toomey

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

One look at Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey's voting record in 2013 explains why he is the winner of our next Dirty Denier$ award. He voted against every piece of environmental legislation except one.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 13: Congressman Tom Latham

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Congressman Tom Latham represents a large, windy district in Iowa. But unfortunately the winds of change don't seem to have blown strongly enough to change his outdated views on energy and climate policy.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 12: Rob Portman

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Despite his easy smile, when it comes to energy and climate, Sen. Rob Portman is a conflicted man. On the one hand, he's a cosponsor of a bipartisa...

#DirtyDenier$ Day 11: Congressman Mike Coffman

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rep. Coffman isn't willing to simply trumpet his denialism, probably because voters in Colorado (where Coffman represents a district of suburban Denver with an almost equal number of Republicans and Democrats) believe global warming is happening and are worried about it.

Drillers Defy Safe Drinking Water Act, Illegally Use Diesel To Frack

ProPublica | Naveena Sadasivam | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green

ProPublica's Naveena Sadasivam Reports: A new report charges that several oil and gas companies have been illegally using diesel fuel in their hydr...

Oil And Gas Drilling Has Damaged This State's Water Hundreds Of Times

AP | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have ...

Obama Opens East Coast To Oil Exploration For First Time In Decades

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 07.18.2014 | Green

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic s...

Kate Sheppard

Texas Oil And Gas Regulator Suggests 'Out Of State Sources' Could Be Behind City's Fracking Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

The head of the Texas Railroad Commission, the agency that regulates oil and gas operations in the state, is fighting to stop a proposed ban on fracki...

Kate Sheppard

The Government Is Still Spending Billions To Subsidize Fossil Fuels

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Over the past five years, the Obama administration has repeatedly called for cutting fossil fuel subsidies in the form of tax breaks a...

An Energy Conference You Don't Want to Miss

Dominik Knoll | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

It passed some time since this year's CERAWeek 2014 kicked off in Houston, Texas from March third to seventh. This conference is, in my opinion, one of the best energy conferences I have attended (and I attended many over the last couple of years.)

Production vs. Attraction: Marine Life on and Around Oil Platforms

Amber Jackson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Amber Jackson

A variety of economically valuable fishes, invertebrates and marine mammals associate with offshore oil and gas platforms. The presence of this marine life invites the question as to whether or not platforms are producing life or merely attracting life from other habitats. This is an important question.

Andrew Perez

Rep. Don Young Says Oil Drilling Regulations Are A 'Hare-Brained Idea'

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Perez | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) wants to know who's really behind the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to consider new regulations on...

Lt. Governor Candidate Says State Should 'Invade' Arctic Refuge

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Dan Sullivan, the mayor of Anchorage and a Republican primary candidate in the Alaska lieutenant governor's race, has a plan for the much-contested Ar...

Dave Jamieson

The Deadly Cost Of North Dakota's Gas Boom

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2014 | Business

More than 4,600 U.S. workers were killed on the job and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases during 2012, a new report from the AFL-CIO...

Paul Blumenthal

After Record $5 Billion Pollution Settlement, Oil Company Still Has Friends On Capitol Hill

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A joint fundraising committee controlled by Republican Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) received contrib...

Kate Sheppard

White House Releases Plan To Address Potent Greenhouse Gas

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House released a new strategy Friday to address methane emissions from landfills, mines, agriculture, and the oil and gas sect...

America's Gas Problem

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

President Obama isn't alone believing that the U.S. must have an all-of-the-above energy policy; slowly reducing our use of coal while heavily relying on natural gas and ramping up renewables. The Washington conventional wisdom argues the U.S. can't meet its energy needs, and reduce carbon emissions, without using natural gas as our primary energy source. This perspective has become one of the few points of agreement between Democrats and Republicans. (Although every time there's any disruption in the international oil market, Republicans reprise their "drill, baby, drill" refrain.) But there are problems with this perspective. History teaches that the conventional wisdom is often wrong and dogmatically clinging to it reduces opportunity, in the long run.

Paul Blumenthal

U.S. Push For Natural Gas Exports To Help Ukraine Won't Actually Help Ukraine

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As much of the world focuses on Ukraine's political turmoil and Russia's military response, those at the top of the K Street influence t...

Kate Sheppard

Rand Paul Says U.S. Should Drill In 'Every Possible, Conceivable Place' To Address Ukraine Situation

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the situation in Ukraine should be an impetus to ramp up oil and gas drilling in the United Stat...

New Spy Technology to Spawn Oil Revolution

James Burgess | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
James Burgess

The future of oil exploration lies in new technology--from massive data-processing supercomputers to 4D seismic to early-phase airborne spy technology that can pinpoint prospective reservoirs.

Colorado Gov. Touts New Air Pollution Rules

AP | KRISTEN WYATT | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is touting the state's new air pollution curbs on the oil and gas industry — but he insists that loc...