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Oil's 'Alternative Energy' Scam

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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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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The 'Killer Biofuels' Claque

Friday, April 18, 2008

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The 'Killer Biofuels' Claque

 4-18-08 by dugan   Global warming denial  is a nearly lost cause, so its proponents have a new issue: killer biofuels. Their simple, effective message is that biofuels–all of them–are the cause of rising food costs. Thus biofuels are killing babies in the Third World. It’s cynical, brilliant and mostly untrue. But it certainly deflects blame from spiraling […]

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Hot Fuel's Alternate Universe

Monday, March 24, 2008

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Hot Fuel's Alternate Universe

3-24-08 by dugan     Sometimes when an argument doesn’t make sense, it’s the argument’s fault. That was my conclusion when a weights and measures official from New York came to the California Energy Commision to defend gas stations’ practice of selling "hot fuel," which gives drivers less value than they think when they buy […]

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Inuits vs. Exxon: Might Work

Thursday, February 28, 2008

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Inuits vs. Exxon: Might Work

2-28-08 by dugan   It’s a Hail-Mary pass, but the Alaskan Inuit lawsuit against the oil industry on global warming just might work. It may come down to how the judge views the definition of "conspiracy." Alaska’s Eskimos, or Inuit, have been refining the argument for a long time. Four years ago, the Inuit as […]

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Wacky Weights 'n Measures

Monday, January 28, 2008

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Wacky Weights 'n Measures

1-28-08 by dugan   A t-shirt widely sold in Albuquerque, N.M., where the National Conference on Weights and Measures is meeting, says: "Keep the Quirky in ‘Querque." Today was "Quirky" and far, far more at this meeting. Oil and gasoline lobbyists spent seven hours railing to a committee that fixing the "hot fuel" ripoff would […]

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Another Big Oil U Warning Issued

Monday, January 21, 2008

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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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Big Bust in Bali

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

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Big Bust in Bali

12-121-07 by dugan   We can’t be surprised that the White House has vetoed any targets for cooling  the "fever of the Earth" (Al Gore’s phrase) at the global climate meeting in Bali, Indonesia. The pathetically low-level delegation that the Bush administration sent to the meeting signaled that no one with a reputation independent of […]

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No Oil Money At Smithsonian

Monday, November 19, 2007

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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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Big Oil U Adds A Campus

Thursday, November 8, 2007

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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

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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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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