Oil and gas companies get a ton of subsidies from governments which holds back the adoption of renewable energy. In most countries, the gas industry is supported by policies encourage car use and other related infrastructure decisions. Sometimes, like in Morocco, fuel is directly subsidized and recently the country found that it was just too . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Morocco Leads in Cutting Subsidies to Oil and Gas Industries
By Joe Fantauzzi@jjfantauzzi Key Findings:
– The development industry is clearly engaged in the political process at Brampton City Hall.
– 233 development companies and development-affiliated individuals were publicly disclosed to have contributed money to Brampton candidates in the 2010 municipal election.
– Of those 233 developer donors, 48 . . . → Read More: Illuminated By Street Lamps: In Brampton, Few Recorded Development Votes After Developers Contribute To Political War Chests
For TED Talk Tuesday on 350orbust, Amanda Palmer shares a revolutionary way to approach the music business. Paradigms are shifting all over the place, folks!
What’s worse than oil companies spending millions to buy off politicians? Oil companies getting them for free.
The oil sector is vital to Canada’s economy, but so are a lot of industries and you don’t see them drafting government policy. From the CBC:
A letter obtained by Greenpeace through access to information laws and . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Conservatives Bad At Selling Out
Turns out Conservatives can’t grow businesses liberally. Go figure. Since Stephen Harper became Prime Minister the World Bank reports that Canada has fallen from the 4th most business friendly nation to the 17th. Data shows that not only has Canada … . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Why Being Conservative With Business Is Bad Business
Cry Wolf: An Unethical Oil Story (via Desmogblog) Over the last several years, Alberta has killed more than 500 wolves using aerial sharpshooters and poisoned bait in order to conceal the impact of rapid industrial development on Canada’s iconic woodland caribou. Independent scientists say that declining caribou health stems chiefly from habitat…
Over the next few days, Republican lawmakers, Party officials, delegates, and supporters will gather in Tampa, Florida for the Republican National Convention. During their weeklong convention, we can expect to hear a lot of debunked talking points, particularly about the need to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
For more than . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Keystone XL Pipeline To Take Center Stage At Republican National Convention
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
About the only positive thing you can say about industry-funded astroturf groups is that they at least base their misinformation campaigns on phony “studies” and “reports.” Their lies are based on SOMETHING.
The same cannot be said of Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has come up with a whopper . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Republican Ohio Governor Kasich’s Trillion Dollar Shale Gas Lie
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In the last few months, the press has been drawing a lot of parallels between presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and former Republican President George W. Bush. And they have plenty of reasons for doing so. Romney has already tapped many of the same Bush economic and foreign . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: Mitt Romney’s Energy Advisors
With a straight face, Republican Senator Scott Brown told a crowd in Massachusetts this week that “oil companies don’t get subsidies” from the federal government. Brown tells us that, just like other companies, they are able to “take deductions,” but nothing more.
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) was quick . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Republican Senator Scott Brown Suffering From "Subsidy Amnesia"
Repeat something often enough, and it becomes true. That phrase has been a common theme among think tanks and politicians for decades. And sadly, there is a lot of truth behind that statement.
But the claim itself relies on the belief that people will not seek out the truth for . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Media Helps Sell The Myth Of “Job Killing Regulations”
The dirty energy industry might experience Christmas in June if House Republicans have their way. Earlier this month, members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) unveiled a “package” of legislation that includes numerous bills that would give the industry everything that they’ve dreamt of for years. The legislative initiative, known . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: House Republicans Go All In With Dirty Energy Industry Bonanza Legislation
Bisphenol A, or BPA for short, has been in the spotlight for decades, with both the chemical industry and occasionally the federal government touting its safety, while independent, non-industry funded scientific studies show us how dangerous the chemical truly is. The latest news regarding BPA is no different, with new . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Is Your Water Bottle Giving You Cancer? New Study Reveals Shocking BPA Dangers
Republicans on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee have decided that the military’s push for clean, renewable energy has gone far enough, and have proposed for next year’s budget that the Pentagon not spend a dime on renewable energy sources that cost more than traditional dirty energy.
This news comes . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: House Republicans Attempt To Nix Military’s Clean Energy Initiatives
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FreedomWorks, the sister organization to the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP), has launched a new website and advertising campaign to convince American voters that the Obama administration and the EPA are out to destroy American jobs.
FreedomWorks has been instrumental in creating the Tea Party in America, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Creates Error-Filled Site To Accuse EPA Of "Killing Jobs"
The federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has finally decided to do something about the lack of oversight regarding fracking fluids. A new proposal by the agency would finally require the fracking industry to disclose the chemical cocktails they are injecting into the ground at fracking well sites. The only problem . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Fracking Disclosure Proposals: Way Too Little, Much Too Late
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The American Lung Association (ALA) released their annual State of the Air report today, followed by a live discussion on Twitter where the organization answered questions. While the report offers some positive news for American citizens, it also shows us that the Clean Air Act is under . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: American Lung Association Releases 2012 State of the Air Report