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Oil and Gas Industry

Fracking Industry Campaign Contributions At Record Levels

The Huffington Post | Jared Gilmour | Posted 11.20.2013 | Green

Fracking industry contributions to congressional campaigns spiked 231 percent between 2004 and 2012 in districts and states with fracking activity, ac...

Kate Sheppard

Pipeline Regulators Spent More Time With Industry Than On Oil Spills (REPORT) | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Department office charged with overseeing the 2.6 million miles of pipelines in the United States is spending more ti...

'Father Of Fracking' Dies At 94

AP | MICHAEL GRACZYK and JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 07.27.2013 | Green

HOUSTON -- George P. Mitchell leveraged a penchant for hard work, an appetite for risk and dogged persistence in the face of futility into a technolog...

Oil And Gas Industry Exerts Outsized Political Influence In Colorado: Report

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 05.31.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic. DENVER– A report released Thursday by Colorado Ethics Watch describes oil-and-gas industry spending...

Spend, Baby, Spend!

Luis Toro | Posted 07.30.2013 | Denver
Luis Toro

The last session of the Colorado legislature saw the passage of many historic bills on topics from civil unions to election administration and much more. It was striking, however, to see that the history-making changes did not extend to regulation of Colorado's oil and gas industry.

Governor Hickenlooper Chooses Oil and Gas Industry Over Colorado, Will Be Primaried

Wade Norris | Posted 05.18.2013 | Denver
Wade Norris

If you were to Google the name of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper as recently as a couple of months ago, you'd see articles such as "John Hickenl...

As Not Seen on TV: BP Fails to "Measure Up" on Promises to Gulf Coast

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Jeffrey Buchanan

With less than seven percent of this initial commitment to the Gulf Coast met, it's fair to say BP must do a better job of working fairly with the state and federal trustee to move projects forward.

Peter H. Stone

As The World Burns, Top Oil Lobbyist Primed For Leading Role In A Romney Administration | Peter H. Stone | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Several dozen of K Street’s powerful trade group leaders and lobbyists flocked early this summer to the American Petroleum Institute's...

Paul Blumenthal

Oil Company Sets Record For Super PAC Donation | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chevron is firmly behind the House Republican majority. The multibillion-dollar oil company's support is so strong that it has donated $...

Oil Companies Don't Really Want The Government To Know Anything About Them

Reuters | Posted 12.10.2012 | Business

* Chamber, API say SEC failed to weigh costs, benefits * SEC rule was called for in Dodd-Frank law * Rule covers oil, mi...

'What Next For The Oil And Gas Industry?'

Reuters | Posted 12.08.2012 | Green

By Andrew Callus LONDON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - - The transport industry that burns over half the world's oil is wriggling free from depen...

Memo to Fracking Apologists: You're Hurting Renewables (and You're Greenwashing, Too)

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 11.18.2012 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

What about the argument that fracking for natural gas isn't going away, so we must work to make sure it's well regulated? That ship has sailed.

Romney Adviser's Outrageous Plea For More Tax Breaks

Posted 09.15.2012 | Business

One of Mitt Romney’s advisers thinks a tax rate of about 2 percent is just a little too damn high. Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources...

Talking about Climate Change, Even if Politicians Aren't

Judith Samuelson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business
Judith Samuelson

While Exxon, Shell and the rest of the industry continue to pour billions into gas and oil exploration, it is becoming clear that the planet cannot sustain the use of the assets already on the books, which would mean that the value of some fossil fuel companies is greatly overstated.

Crony Capitalism's Unofficial Mascot Rails Against... Crony Capitalism

Posted 09.10.2012 | Business

It’s time to put an end to crony capitalism, says huge beneficiary of crony capitalism. Charles Koch, the CEO of the notorious Koch Industries, ...

Fracking Truth to Fracking Power

Sandra Steingraber | Posted 10.01.2012 | Green
Sandra Steingraber

The scientific analysis that is supposed to provide our Governor the facts and information he needs to make a crucial decision was crafted with the guidance of the gas industry, not of the state's scientists.

At Rio+20 Earth Summit, Two Places Where World Leaders Should Start

Frances Beinecke | Posted 08.20.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

World leaders are arriving here in Rio to address some of the most daunting issues facing our planet. To be sure, the myriad problems we now face because we haven't taken more action to address global warming and sustainable development can seem daunting. Here's where to start.

North And South America Could Become Major Oil Players

The Washington Post | JUAN FORERO | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business

LOMA LA LATA, Argentina — In a desertlike stretch of scrub grass and red buttes, oil companies are punching holes in the ground in search of what mi...

Petro Plutocracy

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 07.08.2012 | Green
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Last week the world got a preview of America's new, post-Citizens-United petro plutocracy, with the oil lords flexing their political muscles like oil-soaked bodybuilders pumped up on a steroid drip of campaign dollars. It was all about fracking.

Dan Froomkin

Corporate Giving That Gives Up On Appearances Of Bipartisanship | Dan Froomkin | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Money traditionally follows power in the nation's capital. As a result, corporate campaign contributions have historically been split am...

Dan Froomkin

SEC Stall Leaves Critical Rules More Than A Year Overdue | Dan Froomkin | Posted 04.17.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- A full year after the official deadline came and went, key regulations necessary to enforce the Dodd-Frank financial reform law remain ...

Obama Administration Must Say No to Industry Loopholes in Natural Gas Fracking Standards

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Now is the time to hold energy companies accountable for the pollution they create. For far too long, they have run roughshod over the health and well being of American communities and ordinary people are paying the price.

Farming Versus Fracking: The Battle For Water

Posted 04.03.2012 | Denver

While there has always been competition for water in Colorado, today's contenders no longer just include farmers, but the oil and gas industry too. ...

Lucia Graves

Pro-Fracking Filmmaker Make His Point In Big Way | Lucia Graves | Posted 03.22.2012 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Irish filmmaker Phelim McAleer, who famously attacked Al Gore over global warming issues, stepped up his support for fracking on Thursda...

Dan Froomkin

Auction 2012: Energy Lobby Finds Power In Money And Fear | Dan Froomkin | Posted 01.31.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. When George W. Bush overruled scientists at t...