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Distract 'Em From the Chevy Volt

Friday, January 18, 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

Friday, December 21, 2007

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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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Child of 'The Yes Men' Strikes

Tuesday, December 4, 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 Alabama Cesspool

Monday, November 19, 2007

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Exxon's Alabama Cesspool

11-19-07 by dugan    When a big story happens away from the eye of Big Media, the bare bones that get told often omit the really interesting political realities and motivations. Earlier this month, a brief Associated Press story noted that the Alabama Supreme Court had overturned a state jury’s $3.5 billion damage award against […]

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Oil's Embrace of Enron's Style

Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Oil's Embrace of Enron's Style

10-25-07 by dugan As Shell announced its 3rd quarter results (down a little because U.S. refining profits finally fell below pirate level), chief financial officer Peter Voser broke some new ground. He became the first top Western oil executive to say flatly that oil prices are being driven by speculation and world politics, not lack […]

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Chevron's Titan-ic Bungle

Monday, October 15, 2007

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Chevron's Titan-ic Bungle

10-15-07 by dugan   "It’s not what you say but what you do that matters." Oops, Chevron must not have heard its mother say that. Check out this savage AdWeek column by Joan Voight on the reception that Chevron’s new multimillion-dollar ad campaign has gotten (including from OilWatchdog), and why the critics are right. The […]

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Chevron's Late-Night "Sco-o-ore!"

Friday, October 12, 2007

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Chevron's Late-Night "Sco-o-ore!"

10-12-07 by dugan   It’s easy to smell a rat when Chevron and other oil companies seem to be getting a subsidy on the backs of California consumers. It’s often hard to tell how the rat got in, but Evan Halper of the L.A. Times follows the money in today’s story about a rigged late-night […]

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Ethanol Glut's Other Villains

Thursday, October 4, 2007

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Ethanol Glut's Other Villains

10-4-07 by dugan   Chevron, BP, Exxon and friends talk a big game on renewable fuels, but it’s like Silicon Valley vaporware: all buzz, nothing in production. That’s the other half of the story on the sudden U.S. ethanol glut. The Wall Street Journal (subsciption alert) and the New York Times had similar stories this […]

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Iraqi Three-in-One

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

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Iraqi Three-in-One

09-04-07 by dugan     The media’s Iraq focus this week is on Gen. David Petraus’s predictable one-hand, other-hand report on the progress of the "surge." Yet there’s little Western-media reporting from Dubai  and Istanbul, where a series of oil industry-sponsored conferences (here, here and here) is cementing ties between oil executives and Iraq’s chief […]

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Decoding Gasoline Prices

Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Decoding Gasoline Prices

08-23-07 by dugan     "Insider" sends along a copy (pdf) of a preliminary report on gasoline pricing by the Washington State Attorney General. Part 1 doesn’t quite get to the bottom of the large pricing anomalies in different parts of the state. Word is that Part 2 will have a lot more to say […]

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