DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Paying Off Scientists For "Unbiased" Safety Studies

science-and-money.jpg 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 ...

DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?

Red Leaf EcoShale.png At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, former Vice President Al Gore called the possibility of fossil fuel corporations extracting oil shale "utter insanity."  Insanity, though, doesn't serve as a hinderance for deeply entrenched and powerful fossil fuel interests. Oil shale, also known as kerogen, should not be confused with shale gas or shale oil, ...

DeSmogBlog: The State Of The Gulf Two Years After Deepwater Horizon Disaster

bp-logo-oil.jpg Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 rig workers and subsequently caused an oil geyser in the Gulf of Mexico that leaked hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil into the water. The mainstream press will provide coverage over the next few days, reminding the ...

DeSmogBlog: Waterkeeper Groups Sue Over Gulf Oil Leak Gushing For Seven Years And Counting

Gulf Oil.jpg Like many Gulf Coast residents, I was highly skeptical when both the media and the Coast Guard told us that the tar balls we were seeing wash up on our shores in the months following the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster were not from BP’s oil geyser at the bottom of the Gulf of ...

DeSmogBlog: ‘Theoretically, Super Fracking Would Be Super Bad’: Gas Industry Touts Even More Extreme Drilling

Picture 1.png According to Halliburton, one of North America’s largest hydraulic fracturing operators and suppliers, the “frack of the future” has arrived. Hoping to both increase well production and lower production costs, Halliburton is one among a crowd of energy companies looking to overhaul their fracking operations with new – and more powerful – methods. Coined ...

DeSmogBlog: Report Partially Blames Federal Government For Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion

Deepwater-Horizon-oil-rig-006.jpg Perhaps one of the most honest assessments of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion reveals the numerous failures of both industry and the federal government in the worst marine oil disaster in U.S. history. The U.S. Department of the Interior sanctioned the report, compiled by more than a dozen experts operating with the ...

DeSmogBlog: BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Evidence In Gulf Deepwater Horizon Disaster

halliburton-logo.jpg Just months before trials are set to begin, BP is accusing Halliburton of destroying evidence related to their shoddy cement work that helped cause last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. According to Reuters, BP has officially filed their allegations with the courts, hoping to get the ball rolling on an investigation prior to ...

DeSmogBlog: A Best Practice a Day Keeps the Feds Away: API Workshop on Fracking "Excellence"

Picture 2.png The ongoing American Petroleum Institute (API) workshop “Commitment to Excellence in Hydraulic Fracturing” could be more simply titled “Commitment to Hydraulic Fracturing.” The API poses as an industry leader, working to develop best practices and strengthen operating procedures. But these days the sheep’s-clothing is starting to wear thin. After all, the “Commitment to ...

DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Calls On Congress To Investigate Koch’s Illegal Practices

Kochtopus money bags.png Greenpeace USA today called for a full Congressional investigation of Koch Industries and the illegal practices detailed in the Bloomberg Markets Magazine piece, "Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales." The Bloomberg coverage reveals multiple allegations of Koch Industries bribing government officials around the world and doing business with Iran. ...

DeSmogBlog: Deepwater Horizon Still A Massive Headache For BP

bp-logo-dripping-oil.jpg The problems facing BP along the Gulf Coast continue to pile up. After more than a year of investigations, the U.S. Coast Guard has finally released their long-awaited assessment of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Their conclusion was that the ultimate blame for the disaster rests squarely on BP’s shoulders. The new ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Halliburton CEO Instructs Underling To Sip New Fracking Fluid At Gas Industry Conference

fracking-photo-drink.jpg Halliburton Chief Executive Officer Dave Lesar touted the safety of the company’s new CleanStim fracking fluid during a keynote address at a gas industry conference in Colorado earlier this month. Lesar was so confident in the safety of CleanStim, he was willing to drink it. Er, not exactly. He didn’t imbibe himself, but handed ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Is Deepwater Horizon Rig Owner Trying To Blame Victims For Gulf Oil Disaster?

transocean-explosion-fire-sinking.jpg A new report released by authorities in the Marshall Islands says that the failure of oil rig workers to properly address safety issues led to last year’s catastrophic blowout and explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The Deepwater Horizon was registered in the Marshall Islands by rig owner Transocean. Much like large ships, ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Transocean Report Blames BP For Gulf Oil Disaster

transocean-explosion-fire-sinking.jpg Offshore oil drilling giant Transocean released the results of an internal investigation this week on the causes of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. The investigation concluded that well owner BP was to blame for the explosion and the resulting 3-month oil geyser in the Gulf of Mexico. Transocean claims that BP’s actions ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Tom Ridge Claimed "I’m Not a Lobbyist" on Colbert Report, But The Facts Prove Otherwise

Colbert-Tom-Ridge.jpg Tom Ridge, on the Thursday, June 9 edition of the Colbert Report, claimed he is “not a lobbyist.” A quick glance at his resume shows that nothing could be further from the truth. Ridge, now 65 years-old, has worn multiple hats throughout his extensive political career. Among them: first ever head of the Department ...

World Headlines Review: Basra and Iraq: Oil and Expectations

A strange portrait of the Southern-Iraqi city of Basra is painted in a recent and brief Economist article.  Better than Baghdad struggles to find real evidence of improvement of quality of life or opportunity in Basra, which is Iraq’s international oil and shipping hub and home to a large disenfranchised Shia population. Basrawi Street by ...