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Copy-Machine Oil Hearings

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22. May 2008

Copy-Machine Oil Hearings

5-22-08 by dugan     Watching the same pack of oil executives troop to the House of Representatives today and the Senate yesterday was mostly a deja vu experience. The execs’ canned testimony was from the same outline they used earlier this year and in 2005 and 2006 hearings–high prices aren’t our fault; everything will […]

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Brits' Cold Shoulder to Exxon

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19. May 2008

Brits' Cold Shoulder to Exxon

8-19-08 by dugan The shareholder revolt against Exxon is going global. Four big institutional investors in Britain have joined a shareholder resolution demanding that Exxon have an independent chairman of the board, and the new support should bring the chance of passage to about 50-50. Currently, the chairman title is just another perk for CEO […]

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Climate Heat on Exxon

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13. May 2008

Climate Heat on Exxon

5-13-08 by dugan Oh, man, I wish I had a share of Exxon. The shareholder meeting May 30 is going to be a show. A group of big institutional investors, mostly public pension funds, has filed notice that it will formally campaign to oust board member Michael Boskin. The investors say he refused repetedly to […]

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Rockefellers: Change Exxon

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30. April 2008

Rockefellers: Change Exxon

04-30-08 by simpson What’s known as America’s First Family of Oil, the Rockefellers, wants Exxon Mobil, the oil giant descended from John D. Rockefeller’s  Standard Oil, to change it is ways. They’re worried the company doesn’t care enough about the environment or developing alternative energy. Forbes quoted Neva Rockefeller Goodwin, a great-granddaughter of John D. […]

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Who'll Set Bush Straight?

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22. April 2008

Who'll Set Bush Straight?

4-22-08 by dugan       The headlne today seemed promising: "Bush Voices Concern About Record Oil Price." It’d be a step forward from a president who recently said he’d never heard a thing about $4.00-a-gallon gasoline. Then I read the whole story, twice. Bush’s only idea for fixing things was to open the Alaskan […]

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Oil's 'Alternative Energy' Scam

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22. April 2008

Oil's 'Alternative Energy' Scam

4-22-08 by dugan When I look at oil company profit reports–which will soon reveal truly rabid profit increases in the 1st quarter of 2008–I just ignore the line on "alternative energy" spending. That’s because it is often the opposite of renewable energy. Mother Jones magazine’s latest issue has the perfect description of why: "Across the […]

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EPA's Top Secret

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9. April 2008

EPA's Top Secret

4-09-08 by dugan     So, did the White House "influence" the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision last December to kill states’ plans to regulate greenhouse emissions from tailpipes? Some of us don’t doubt it for a second. But Rep. Henry Waxman today gave up on negotiating for the documents that would decide the issue, issuing […]

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Green Half-Truths

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2. April 2008

Green Half-Truths

4-02-08 by dugan     I didn’t get time yesterday to post on a House select committee’s grilling of executives from the major oil companies, but as the chairman, Rep. Ed Markey  of Massachusetts, pointedly said, "there will be many more." (If you’ve got a question you’d like to have posed to Big Oil, please […]

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"Get a Grip" View on Ethanol

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24. March 2008

"Get a Grip" View on Ethanol

3-24-08 by dugan     Leave it to the Canadians to stay calm. Consider Frank Dottori, founder and former CEO of a multibillion-dollar forest products company. Nowadays he’s heading a project to turn forest and urban waste into ethanol. He grasps all the faults of corn ethanol and sees cellulosic ethanol as the future. But […]

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Chevron's Goliath Strategy

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19. March 2008

Chevron's Goliath Strategy

3-19-08 by dugan     The Oakland-adjacent and working class city of Richmond, Calif., is on the verge of allowing Chevron to proceed with a huge, contentious "upgrade" of its refinery there so it can process dirtier, heavier grades of crude oil. Chevron says the plant will just become “more efficient.” Critics, including state Atty. […]

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