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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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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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Arnold's Nuclear Natter

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17. March 2008

Arnold's Nuclear Natter

3-17-08 by dugan     There are days when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to just blurt the last cockamamie idea he heard from a powerful pal. So it is with the Gov’s new enthusiasm for nuclear power plants in California. Before  he goes further on his new fad, Schwarzenegger needs a trip to Florida, where […]

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Ben Stein Gets Money for This?

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2. March 2008

Ben Stein Gets Money for This?

Ben Stein’s popular fame comes from Comedy Central’s "Win Ben Stein’s Money." Or his TV ads pitching Alaskan fish. But the New York Times still takes him to be a serious economist. Stein’s Op-Ed today in the NYT, "Exxon Mobil Needs a Hug," argues that Exxon’s $41-billion annual profit is no cause for upset, because […]

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Chevron's Greenwash-and-Run

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11. February 2008

Chevron's Greenwash-and-Run

2-11-08 by dugan     Chevron’s PR whizzes pulled out the stops in 2006 and early 2007 to promote the oil company’s investment in a Texas biodiesel producer. Chevron made sure that every energy reporter and much of the public knew about Chevron’s dazzling green commitment, a "22% stake" in the startup, Galveston Bay Biodiesel. […]

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Exxon, the Worldwide Scrooge

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7. February 2008

Exxon, the Worldwide Scrooge

2-07-08 by dugan   You’d think that a company making nearly $41 billion in yearly profit in 2007 would be profligate in its charitable giving. We don’t know yet what Exxon Mobil’s 2007 total was, but the company issues a yearly feel-good report on “community contributions.”  The 2006 document says Exxon gave away $138 million […]

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Another Big Oil U Warning Issued

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21. January 2008

Another Big Oil U Warning Issued

1-21-08 by simpson   The prestigious Center for Science in the Public Interest has joined us in warning of the dangers Big Oil money poses to university research. In a report issued today CSPI says American universities may be jeopardizing their academic integrity by giving oil, gas, and other polluting industries unprecedented influence over the […]

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Distract 'Em From the Chevy Volt

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18. January 2008

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Distract 'Em From the Chevy Volt

1-18-07 by dugan   My greenwash antenna is waving madly. GM chief exec Rick Wagoner made a splash at the Detroit auto show earlier this week, announcing an investment in cellulosic ethanol. He offered no dollar amount, no time frame, no hard promises. A cynic would say it’s just a way to quiet critics of […]

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Grab the Greenwash, Then Run

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21. December 2007

Grab the Greenwash, Then Run

12-21-07 by dugan   My earlier doubts about Chevron’s ballyhooed investment in a Galveston biodiesel plant were too mild. After garnering a bunch of admiring news stories, including in the New York Times, Chevron is now being sued by the plant’s operators for bailing out on the investment and failing to provide the expert help […]

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Oops! Disappearing Greenwash

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11. December 2007

Oops! Disappearing Greenwash

12-11-07 by dugan     Shell and BP are under fire for talking green and doing the opposite. Britain’s Guardian newspaper has the story.  "Shell, the oil company that recently trumpeted its commitment to a low carbon future by signing a pre-Bali conference communique, has quietly sold off most of its solar business. "The move, […]

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