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Tell a Lie Often Enough…

Monday, May 12, 2008

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Tell a Lie Often Enough…

5-12-08 by dugan It’s a flat-out lie when oil companies say they’re only making an "average" percentage of profit compared to other companies. Furthermore, journalists shouldn’t be taking the oil industry’s figures at face value. That’s the conclusion of a well-explained report in Nieman Watchdog on how oil companies get away with describing their profit […]

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Exxon Is Holdout on MTBE

Thursday, May 8, 2008

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Exxon Is Holdout on MTBE

5-8-08 by dugan A national lawsuit over water pollution from a gasoline additive was more than half-settled yesterday when four of the five major oil comanies agreed to pay $423 million in cleanup and other costs. Chevron, Shell, BP, Conoco and several smaller companies did what’s right, and will escape years more of litigation costs. […]

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Gunboats and Recession

Friday, April 25, 2008

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Gunboats and Recession

4-25-08 by dugan Today’s $3.00 per barrel spike in crude oil was a perfect example of market traders capitalizing on hasty news. Initial reports, from military sources, said a U.S. military "contract’ ship fired on boats that were likely Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Soon after, it was not so much — the boats were unidentified: U.S. […]

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Chevron in Iraq: Who'll Pay?

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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Chevron in Iraq: Who'll Pay?

3-25-08 by dugan   If the major oil companies start making deals to pump Iraqi oil, who will protect their investments? If these investments become "a fact on the ground" while the U.S. still occupies Iraq, won’t they become the responsibility of U.S. troops, and taxpayer resources? Unfortunately, it’s happening faster than most of us […]

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Plain Talk on Greed, Gas Price

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

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Plain Talk on Greed, Gas Price

I ran across an intriguing columnist today who described in plain language (not analyst-speak) the real story of gasoline prices–it’s not market forces, and it’s not global unrest or even demand. The article is in the Traverse City Record Eagle, a little paper in the most frozen part of Michigan. It prompted me to call […]

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"Get a Grip" View on Ethanol

Monday, March 24, 2008

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"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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Better Late, Etc…

Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Better Late, Etc…

3-20-08 by dugan   Just as the oil bubble shows its first holes, the New York Times gets around to a real, meaty story on the dangers of unregulated commodity markets. It’s a story that could have made a difference in pushing Congress to do something before oil hit $90, much less $111. But reporter […]

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Deadly Plug-In Hybrids!

Friday, March 14, 2008

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Deadly Plug-In Hybrids!

3-14-08 by dugan   I’m happy to admit that Earth would be better off if we all hiked or biked to work, got our power from solar panels on the roof, wore parkas indoors rather than indulging in central heat and ate grains and vegetables grown organically within walking distance of home. Short of that, […]

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Ben Stein Gets Money for This?

Sunday, March 2, 2008

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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

Monday, February 11, 2008

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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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