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The Canadian Progressive: Al Gore, US Attorneys Generals Announce Historic Pursuit Of Climate Change Deniers: Why Canadians Should Care

Earlier this week, former U.S. vice president Al Gore and several U.S. state attorneys generals announced “historic effort to combat climate change” – by going after fossil fuel climate deniers. The post Al Gore, US Attorneys Generals Announce Historic… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Al Gore, US Attorneys Generals Announce Historic Pursuit Of Climate Change Deniers: Why Canadians Should Care

Susan on the Soapbox: The Edelman Trust Barometer: Who do you trust?

The 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer is here and it’s good news—unless you work in government or business in which case you’re facing what Edelman delicately calls “a significant trust deficit”.

Edelman is a global public relations company that surveys trust levels across 27 countries by asking the public who they trust and how much they . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Edelman Trust Barometer: Who do you trust?

Politics and its Discontents: A Master of the Universe Speaks

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson: ‘What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?

Chilling, vile, and depraved words.

H/t Nathan Cullen Recommend this Post

The Canadian Progressive: Oklahoma Grandmother Locks Herself to Keystone XL Heavy Machinery

In response to Exxon Mobil’s disastrous tar sands spill in neighboring Arkansas, Oklahoma residents are engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience to halt construction of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline By: Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance | Press Release: ALLEN, OK – April 9, 2013 – Oklahoma grandmother Nancy Zorn, 79, from […]

The post . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Oklahoma Grandmother Locks Herself to Keystone XL Heavy Machinery

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: FAA imposed no-fly zone over Exxon’s Pegasus tar sands oil spill site

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Monday imposed a no-fly zone over the site of the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas. ExxonMobil’s Pegasus tar sands oil pipeline ruptured last Friday and spilled more than 318,000 litres of tar sands oil into a local neighborhood, drainage . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: FAA imposed no-fly zone over Exxon’s Pegasus tar sands oil spill site

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Exxon’s tar sands oil spill shows risks of Enbridge’s Line 9 project for Ontario and Quebec

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Last Friday’s ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline disaster in Mayflower, Arkansas, should warn Canadians against Enbridge’s proposed Line 9 project, says Environmental Defence. The Pegasus pipeline raptured and spilled more than 318,000 litres of tar sands oil into a local neighborhood and near a lake. Local residents had to be . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Exxon’s tar sands oil spill shows risks of Enbridge’s Line 9 project for Ontario and Quebec

DeSmogBlog: Delaware Tax Haven: The Other Shale Gas Industry Loophole

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Most people think of downtown Houston, Texas as ground zero for the oil and gas industry. Houston, after all, serves as home base for corporate headquarters of oil and gas giants, including the likes of BP America, ConocoPhillips, and Shell Oil Company, to name a few.

Comparably speaking, few would think of Wilmington, Delaware in . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Delaware Tax Haven: The Other Shale Gas Industry Loophole

350 or bust: ExxonMobil Response to Extreme Weather Events Linked To Climate Change: Adapt

* Compare Tillerson’s response to what super-scientists Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan have to say about a destabilized climate from unchecked fossil fuel emissions: “The ‘hell’ of Venus an important warning to take increasing greenhouse effect on Earth seriously”

DeSmogBlog: The New ExxonMobil: Has the Tiger Changed Its Stripes?

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For a decade, now, I’ve been a reporter on climate science. And one of my earliest stories was a Mother Jones cover, exposing ExxonMobil’s funding of think tanks that support climate denialism. The piece was actually nominated for a National Magazine Award. It got around.

With this article and others, I contributed . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The New ExxonMobil: Has the Tiger Changed Its Stripes?

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Slips Exxon Fracking Loopholes into New Ohio Law

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This is a guest post by Connor Gibson, cross-posted from Greenpeace.

Wake up and smell the frack fluid! But don't ask what's in it, at least not in Ohio, cause it's still not your right to know. Ohio is in the final stages of making an Exxon trojan horse on hydrofracking . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Slips Exxon Fracking Loopholes into New Ohio Law

DeSmogBlog: Heartland Denial-a-Palooza Sponsors Have Received $67 Million From ExxonMobil, Koch and Scaife Foundations

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The Heartland Institute's Seventh "International Conference on Climate Change" – the somewhat-annual gathering of climate deniers that we call Denial-a-Palooza – is underway in Chicago. Heartland's contrarian gathering this year is clouded by the group's incredibly offensive billboard campaign that flamed out within hours but is causing lasting damage to the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Heartland Denial-a-Palooza Sponsors Have Received $67 Million From ExxonMobil, Koch and Scaife Foundations

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter Council of State Governments

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19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, "If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made."

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its "ALEC Exposed" project, is the archetype of von Bismarck's truism. So too are the fracking chemical disclosure bills . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter Council of State Governments

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the "Trojan Horse" behind mandating that climate change denial ("skepticism," or "balance," in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms.

Well, ALEC is at it again, it appears. Facing an IRS complaint filed by Common Cause, one of the leading advocacy . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry

DeSmogBlog: ALEC Climate Change Denial Model Bill Passes in Tennessee

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The month of March has seen unprecedented heat and temperatures. A rational thinking, scientifically-grounded individual could only posit, "Well, hmm, I bet climate change has something to do with the fact that in Madison, WI, it is 80 degrees in mid-March. Sometimes it's 60 or 70 degrees colder than this!"

While . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Climate Change Denial Model Bill Passes in Tennessee

DeSmogBlog: Big Oil Rakes In Billions, Still Complains Taxes Are Too High

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The President rolled out his FY2013 budget recently, which includes eliminating $40 billion in tax breaks from Big Oil companies, such as BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Shell. Meanwhile, the American Petroleum Institute's response would have you believe that cutting the subsidies would be the equivalent of moving back into their . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Big Oil Rakes In Billions, Still Complains Taxes Are Too High

DeSmogBlog: Fake science, fakexperts, funny finances, free of tax

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Modern anti-science was created by the tobacco industry in the 1950s and then used against climate science, often by the same well-experienced think tanks and individuals.  Tobacco anti-science is strangely entangled with climate anti-science, as the attached report shows in detail involving Fred Singer's SEPP, Joseph Bast's Heartland, and more.

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. . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Fake science, fakexperts, funny finances, free of tax

DeSmogBlog: Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?

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In the latest and perhaps most astonishing display of the tar sands industry’s attacks on science and our democracy, the government of Alberta has made plans to initiate a large-scale wolf slaughter to provide cover for the destruction wrought by the industrialization of the boreal forest ecosystem.

In the coming years, an . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?

DeSmogBlog: Accountability Moment: Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce Squirms And Evades Question on Fossil Fuel Funding

Robert Bryce from the fossil fuel industry-funded Manhattan Institute just can't bring himself to answer a simple question about the fossil fuel industry funding flowing into his group. Readers of DeSmogBlog may recall our previous coverage about Bryce's anti-clean energy attacks in the New York Times op-ed pages and elsewhere.

Citing the prime example . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Accountability Moment: Manhattan Institute’s Robert Bryce Squirms And Evades Question on Fossil Fuel Funding

DeSmogBlog: Warren Buffett Exposed: The Oracle of Omaha and the Tar Sands

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On January 23, Bloomberg News reported Warren Buffett's Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF), owned by his lucrative holding company Berkshire Hathaway, stands to benefit greatly from President Barack Obama’s recent cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. 

If built, TransCanada's Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline would carry tar sands crude, or bitumen . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Warren Buffett Exposed: The Oracle of Omaha and the Tar Sands

DeSmogBlog: American Petroleum Institute’s Jack Gerard Fact Checked By Activists During Speech

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Guest post by Connor Gibson, cross-posted from Polluterwatch.

Two days ago, President Obama denied the permit for the destructive Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, much to the dismay of Big Oil's top lobbyist and propagandist. Speaking at the National Press Club to an audience dominated by oil, coal and nuclear representatives and lobbyists, American . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: American Petroleum Institute’s Jack Gerard Fact Checked By Activists During Speech

DeSmogBlog: To Understand What’s Happening with Fracking Decisions in New York, Follow the Money

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In a November 25 article titled, "Millions Spent in Albany Fight to Drill for Gas," The New York Times reported:

Companies that drill for natural gas have spent more than $3.2 million lobbying state government since the beginning of last year, according to a review of public records. The broader natural gas industry . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: To Understand What’s Happening with Fracking Decisions in New York, Follow the Money

DeSmogBlog: Monckton Reaches New Heights of Anti-Environmentalism

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CLIMATE science denial think-tank the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow is flying a four-strong delegation to next week’s UN climate conference in South Africa, with a promise to engage in a “balanced, civil and genuine” dialogue.

But the chances of much civility appear to be somewhere between zero and naught, given their . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Monckton Reaches New Heights of Anti-Environmentalism

DeSmogBlog: ExxonMobil and Shell Eyeing North American LNG Export Deals

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Yesterday, LNG World News reported that ExxonMobil Vice President Andrew Swiger announced, at a conference hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, that it was actively seeking LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminals throughout North America, including, but not limited to, in British Columbia and on the Gulf Coast.

“In terms of exports from . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ExxonMobil and Shell Eyeing North American LNG Export Deals

DeSmogBlog: ExxonMobil and Shell Stamp Huge Oil and Gas Deals in Iraq

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Just a few weeks after President Barack Obama announced U.S. troops are "leaving" the war-torn country, ExxonMobil and Shell each announced major new oil and gas production agreements in Iraq.

On November 12, ExxonMobil signed an oil production deal with the Kurdish Regional Government to drill in Iraqi Kurdistan, located in northern . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ExxonMobil and Shell Stamp Huge Oil and Gas Deals in Iraq

DeSmogBlog: Lobby Planet report shows Brussels spinning with corporate influence

lobbyplanet.jpeg THE maxim of the lobbyist is generally to be heard but not seen, although a new report on the concentration of lobbying in Brussels suggests you'd be hard pressed to go any… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Lobby Planet report shows Brussels spinning with corporate influence