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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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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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BP Pleads Guilty

Thursday, November 29, 2007

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BP Pleads Guilty

11-29-07 by simpson BP pleaded guilty today to failing to prevent a huge spill in America’s largest oil field on Alaska’s North Slope.  Bumbling Petroleum has agreed to a fine of $20 million for one violation of the Clean Water Act. The 200,000-gallon spill was caused by  reckless cost-cutting that led to a failure to […]

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BP Moves 'Beyond Problems'

Monday, October 29, 2007

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BP Moves 'Beyond Problems'

10-29-07 by Simpson First BP tried to position itself as Beyond Petroleum, though Bumbling Petroleum is more accurate. Now with cold cash — just pocket change to the oil giant  — BP is trying to put itself Beyond Problems.  Last week BP agreed to pay $373 million in federal fines and restitution. In the largest […]

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BP Funds Another Campus

Monday, September 10, 2007

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BP Funds Another Campus

9-10-07 by simpson San Juan College School of Energy in Farmington, NM, has just announced it will receive $750,000 from BP over the next three years to train natural gas field technicians. San Juan College is one the fastest growing community colleges in New Mexico. A key to the program is the development Internet-based computer […]

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Exxon's Good Supply of Lawyers

Thursday, August 23, 2007

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Exxon's Good Supply of Lawyers

08-23-07 by dugan ExxonMobil is quick to raise gasoline prices whenever "supplies are short." But its ability to go slow is phenomenal when it comes to big lawsuits. Exxon’s army of lawyers has spent more than a decade delaying and denying a damage award over the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker accident that fouled Alaskan waters […]

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BP's Refining Shores Up Profit

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

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BP's Refining Shores Up Profit

NEWS RELEASE July 24, 2007 CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305, or cell: 213-280-0175 BP’s 2nd Quarter Refining Windfall Shores Up Lower Profit Elsewhere; Rest of Big Oil Will Show Same Pattern Of More Money From Making Less Gasoline, Says Group Santa Monica, CA — British oil giant BP today reported a 29% increase in […]

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BP Launches Alaskan PR Blitz

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

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BP Launches Alaskan PR Blitz

07-10-07 by Simpson Oil Giant BP is fighting back from its damaged image in Alaska last year resulting from a major oil spill caused by a lack of proper maintenance.  The massive statewide PR campaign is outlined by staff writer Wesley Loy in the Anchorage Daily News. Although the firm won’t say how much it’s […]

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Soon, the Monolith

Thursday, July 5, 2007

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Soon, the Monolith

07-5-07 by dugan   Someone recently asked me why Shell sold its mega-profitable Southern California refinery to the refining company Tesoro. Umm, I dunno, was my brilliant reply. Today, there’s a blazingly obvious answer, but it’s strictly a rumor. A published but unsourced report in London says Britain’s BP and the Dutch-based Shell are reviving […]

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Blowing Smoke About Prices

Friday, May 11, 2007

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Blowing Smoke About Prices

By Simpson 05-11-07 API, formerly and more accurately known as the American Petroleum Institute, is behind misleading full-page newspaper advertisements trying to blame the price of crude oil for the daily outrage at the nation’s gasoline pumps. We’ve topped an average price of $3 nationally and are headed towards $4 in California. The ad depicts […]

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