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

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Paying Off Scientists For "Unbiased" Safety Studies

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

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?

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

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The State Of The Gulf Two Years After Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Waterkeeper Groups Sue Over Gulf Oil Leak Gushing For Seven Years And Counting

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

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

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

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Report Partially Blames Federal Government For Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion

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

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Evidence In Gulf Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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 Fra… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: A Best Practice a Day Keeps the Feds Away: API Workshop on Fracking "Excellence"

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, &qu… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Calls On Congress To Investigate Koch’s Illegal Practices

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 as… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Deepwater Horizon Still A Massive Headache For BP

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 Co… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Halliburton CEO Instructs Underling To Sip New Fracking Fluid At Gas Industry Conference

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 ca… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Is Deepwater Horizon Rig Owner Trying To Blame Victims For Gulf Oil Disaster?

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 r… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Transocean Report Blames BP For Gulf Oil Disaster

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 … . . . → Read More: 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

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 . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Basra and Iraq: Oil and Expectations