At Exxon Mobil’s annual meeting in Dallas this week, shareholders rejected a motion to set greenhouse gas reduction targets for the firm. CEO Rex Tillerson argued that such an extreme measure would hurt the world’s poor, stating, “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?”
So begins, I expect, the newest form of corporate philanthropy, wherein titans of industry the world over seek to ease their troubled consciences and aid the downtrodden by — what else? — frying the planet. Companies like Exxon already benefit from myriad government handouts, so why not do the obvious (Read more…)
If you want an idea of what’s in store for British Columbia if Harper/Redford/Enbridge/Beijing et al manage to drive their pipelines through to the coast, you need only look to the most recent dilbit spill in Arkansas.
AlterNet offers a handy summary, 6 Things You Need to Know About the Arkansas Oil Spill.
ExxonMobil which is allegedly dealing with the Arkansas clean-up has so much clout it somehow got the FAA to declare the airspace over the pipeline leak a no fly zone. Exxon now has control of the airspace over its damned fiasco and it’s even trying to
. . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: A Primer on DilBit Spills in a Corporatist State
Finally, a TV ad that tells it like it is: Exxon hates your children! That’s according to: Exxon Hates Your Children: “From As Congress debates what actions to take to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” perhaps no programs are less worthy of government support than those which subsidize Big Oil, Gas, and Coal. Read on to [...]
* If you think this ad should get on television, go to ExxonHatesYourChildren.com and donate some money (I did – and it brightened my day!).
This graphic video undresses the warm fuzzy PR spin advanced by the Oil Barons. They are more than willing to sacrifice northern Alberta for profits. It is worse, the greenhouse gas emissions make a lie out of any effort to be responsible.
As a Canadian I am ashamed of what is being done. It is a monumental disgrace! Fight!
ps. Thanks for the heads up Brian
As a whole, Americans have an unfortunate tendency to distrust scientists. The number of those who distrust science and scientists is skewed heavily by ideology, with self-identified “conservatives” overwhelmingly saying that they don’t trust science. DeSmogBlog’s own Chris Mooney has spent an enormous amount of time and energy devoted to finding out why science has become so controversial, and has compiled a great new book explaining why certain sectors of the U.S. population are more prone to denying many scientific findings.
And while most of the distrust that Americans have for scientists and science in general is
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This is a guest post from Connor Gibson, originally published at PolluterWatch. A fully-footnoted version of this briefing is available for download from DocumentCloud. INTRODUCTION: Andrea Saul, a prominent Romney 2012 campaign operative and spokesperson, formerly worked for DCI Group, a Washington DC public affairs and lobbying firm. During this period, DCI Group was on contract to ExxonMobil at the height of Exxon’s campaign attacking global warming science and climate change policy. DCI’s efforts included campaigns to undermine climate legislation and to push counter messages and spokespeople to media on . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Science Denial and Andrea Saul – Romney 2012 Campaign Spokesperson
A damning new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reveals some startling information regarding pollution in the state of Texas. According to the report, oil refineries and chemical plants in the state are releasing tens of thousands of tons of pollution every year, without as much as a peep from state regulators or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)
Most of these emissions are the result of industrial accidents and other “equipment malfunctions” taking place at processing plants across the state. Among the more dangerous chemicals being released into the atmosphere and surrounding environment
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution
The corporate funded, Libertarian/Conservative “think tank” FreedomWorks is doing their best to convince Americans that taxpayer-funded energy subsidies and loans are a waste of our resources. Of course, that doesn’t apply to the massive giveaways to the dirty energy industry, only to the federal loan programs established to invest in cleaner, renewable energy companies.
Touting the superiority of the so-called “free market” over the actions of the government, a recent report titled “Free Markets, or Government Knows Best?” by Wesley Coopersmith broke down the amount of money that the federal government has allocated to renewable energy
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments
While the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline might have disappeared from the front pages in the last few weeks, the battle is still raging. And a grim jobs report for the month of May might just be the catalyst that Keystone proponents have been looking for to renew their push for the disastrous plan.
Ignoring the fact that, even though fewer jobs than predicted were added in May, we’ve now seen 26 consecutive months of job growth, Republican politicians have already jumped on the less-than-stellar report as an attempt to paint President Obama as a
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Will Dismal Jobs Report Give New Life To Keystone XL Plan?
The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has once again put together a fantastic report regarding water contamination near coal ash disposal sites.
Last year, the EIP released several reports showing that drinking water near coal ash disposal sites in states across America contained dangerous levels of heavy metals and other toxins, including arsenic. In total, last year’s report revealed 53 sites in the United States where coal ash had polluted drinking water supplies.
The new report has identified a total of 116 coal ash sites in America that are leaching deadly toxins into the environment.
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Coal Ash Sites Posing Increasing Dangers To Water Supplies, Public Health
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The American Energy Alliance (AEA) isn’t pulling any punches with their new advertising campaign, spending millions of dollars to air 45 million ad spots on Pandora Radio. They are attempting to hang the high cost of gasoline around the neck of President Obama, using a series of arguments that actually have nothing to do with how much Americans are paying for gasoline.
Here is the YouTube version of their ad, titled “$9 Dollar Gas”:
Before dissecting their arguments, it’s important to remember that the American Energy Alliance is a non-profit organization established by the
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In late March, Senate Republicans torpedoed an effort by Democrats to repeal the $4 billion a year that is flowing to the oil companies in the form of subsidies. The Obama Administration had proposed ending the subsidies so that this unnecessary money for the oil industry could instead be directed towards renewable energy projects and emission reduction in the United States. But in Washington, big oil has paid off the right people and organizations to make sure that their subsidies and tax breaks never disappear.
One organization that is flush with cash from the oil industry is the
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Institute for Energy Research Launches “Save Oil Tax Breaks” Offensive
Almost 20 months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. And to this day, the lessons we should have learned from that disaster remain completely ignored.
In spite of an intense battle involving a moratorium on deep water oil drilling after the explosion, the Obama administration was out-maneuvered on the issue by the powerful oil industry, losing court battles as well as facing three separate bills in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to overturn the drilling moratorium. (An interesting side-note about the court battle
. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What We Didn’t Learn From The Deepwater Horizon Disaster
Bill McKibbon addressed the crowd gathered in Washington Square this past Saturday as part of “Occupy Washington”. Here is the text of his speech, thanks to the crew over at It’s Getting Hot in Here: Today in the New York Times there … . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: McKibbon: The Sky Does Not Belong To Exxon
dispersant-application1.jpg A new report on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster of 2010 is providing adequate cause for concern for residents and clean up workers along the Gulf Coast. The report&nbs… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: BP Oil Dispersant Corexit Contained Cancer-Causing Agents
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regulations.jpg For years, the Republican Party in America has been on a crusade against what they call “job killing regulations.” A quick Google search for the phrase “job kil… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Death Of A Talking Point? Regulations Actually Create Jobs
copy-and-paste.jpg As we’ve reported over and over again, the popular and successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and other regional climate agreements are under attack from po… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Koch Brothers And ExxonMobil Join Forces To Fight RGGI With Copy-Paste State Legislation
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03oil2-articleInline.jpg The ExxonMobil pipeline that runs under the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Montana ruptured late Friday night, leaking 1,000 barrels of oil into the river. ExxonMobil … . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Creator of the Valdez Catastrophe, ExxonMobil, Tries to Downplay Yellowstone Spill