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Child of 'The Yes Men' Strikes

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4. December 2007

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Child of 'The Yes Men' Strikes

12-04-07 by dugan     "Hoaxers Target Big Oil." That’s an irresistible headline in OilWatchdog’s plush consumer-financed corporate headquarters. The story in the sober British Guardian newspaper was straight-faced, about a fake promise appearing on an expert fake of an oil industry-financed consortium’s website: "Environmental campaigners today appeared to have opened up a new front […]

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Exxon's Redemptive Moment

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27. November 2007

Exxon's Redemptive Moment

11-28-07 by dugan     Exxon just announced its development of a Holy Grail for electric cars, a technology to make lithium ion batteries bigger and more powerful without overheating, even bursting into flames. Here’s a thought on that, triggered by my colleague Bulldog Simpson’s work to tear down patent fees that inhibit stem cell […]

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No Oil Money At Smithsonian

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19. November 2007

No Oil Money At Smithsonian

11-19-2007 by simpson The American Petroleum Institute (API), Big Oil’s favorite mouthpiece, has pulled its $5 million offer to sponsor a centerpiece exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution about the oceans as a global treasure . The move came after two Regents had questioned the proposal. Now oil companies won’t be able to spend their ill-gotten […]

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L.A.'s First Drop of E85

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15. November 2007

L.A.'s First Drop of E85

11-15-07 by dugan   Listen up, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, Conoco and BP. A little family-owned gasoline station in West L.A. (location below) called Conservfuel will soon be  the first in Los Angeles and second in California to publicly offer high-ethanol E85 fuel for the approximately 6,000 flex-fuel vehicles on the road in California, as well […]

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BP Deal Sells Out UC-Berkeley

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14. November 2007

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BP Deal Sells Out UC-Berkeley

NEWS RELEASE November 14, 2007 CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, x317; or cell: 310-292-1902 UC Deal With Oil Giant Sells Out University’s Values; Insults Regents and Public, Consumer Advocates Say; New Details Emerge Granting BP More Power Over University Research Santa Monica, CA — The $500 million deal with BP signed today by University of […]

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Big Oil U Adds A Campus

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8. November 2007

Big Oil U Adds A Campus

11-8-07 by simpson Oil giant BP and UC Berkeley have yet to sign the contract for the $500 million deal that would create the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) at UC Berkeley, but there was an announcement this week of another BP-funded project at Arizona State University in Tempe. It’s only a $6.6 million deal with […]

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The Smithsonian Example

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6. November 2007

The Smithsonian Example

11-06-07 by court and simpson The Smithsonian Institution has rebuffed — for now at least –a $5 million donation from Big Oil’s favorite mouthpiece, the American Petroleum Association (API). The API money was to go toward the Smithsonian’s showcase Ocean Initiative. That’s right, Big Oil money sponsoring a centerpiece exhibit about the oceans as a […]

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Dynes 'Reviewing' UC-BP Deal

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6. November 2007

Dynes 'Reviewing' UC-BP Deal

11-06-07 by simpson   The contract that would create a $500 million research deal between UC Berkeley and oil giant BP is “under review” in the office of University of California President Robert Dynes.  Not clear is whether it will be vetted by the UC Regents as we and two other groups have demanded. Last […]

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Regents Must Review UC-BP Deal

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31. October 2007

Regents Must Review UC-BP Deal

NEWS RELEASE October 31, 2007 CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, x317, or cell: 310-292-1902 Consumer Advocates Insist UC Regents Review $500 Million "UC-BP" Deal; Demand Proposed Contract Terms Be Made Public Santa Monica, CA — The University of California Board of Regents must approve any contract with BP creating the controversial Energy Biosciences Institute at […]

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UC-BP About to Open

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30. October 2007

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UC-BP About to Open

10-30-07 by simpson The contract covering the $500 million deal for BP to fund the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI) at UC Berkeley is about to be signed. Though the project was announced last February, negotiators have taken longer than expected to reach a contract. Signing is expected next week. According to a report in the […]

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