DeSmogBlog: Latest Pro-Keystone XL Website Backed by GOP Special Interest Group

kerpin.jpeg This morning, the latest in pro-tar sands spin went live. KeystoneXLNow.com takes aim at President Obama for failing to approve the Keystone XL project (even though the White House just announced approval of the southern leg today), calling it "an affront to millions of Americans out of work and an outrage to millions more who ...

DeSmogBlog: Friends with Benefits: The Harper Government, EthicalOil.org and Sun Media Connection

suntv_news.gif Just over a week before the Northern Gateway Pipeline hearings began, EthicalOil.org and its allies launched a pre-emptive PR offensive on environmental and First Nations groups who oppose the pipeline. Their new website, OurDecision.ca, and ad campaign are an attempt to invalidate opposition to the pipeline by pointing to the small amount of American ...

DeSmogBlog: Ethical Oil, the Sub-Prime Mortgage Scandal and The Next Great Generation

We are living in difficult times. The ongoing economic crisis started by the 2008 Sub-Prime Mortgage Scandal has all of us thinking about our future. We are vulnerable to unethical appeals to our anxiety in the form of quick fixes and easy profits. The promise of "Ethical Oil" is the worst of these appeals. We ...

DeSmogBlog: Oil Industry Co-Opts Occupy Movement to Sell the Keystone XL Pipeline

99percent.jpg The AFL–CIO's America's Building Trades Unions and Oil and Natural Gas Industry Labor-Management Committee are attempting to co-opt the Occupy movement with a new initiative to try to get the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline approved. Jobs for the 99% likens the growing celebrity support against the Keystone XL pipeline to an occupation of ...

DeSmogBlog: Why Ethical Oil’s Deceptive ‘Women’s Rights’ Defense of Tar Sands is Insulting and Wrong

ethicaloil.org_.jpg EthicalOil.org’s new spokesperson, Kathryn Marshall, authored an insulting piece this week on the Huffington Post titled "Care About Women's Rights? Support Ethical Oil". Marshall’s piece is a response to the October 11 article by Maryam Adrangi at It’s Getting Hot In Here.  Adrangi argues that the underlying motive of the "ethical oil" campaign is to deflect ...

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: Permit to Pollute: Dodging New Law, Agency Approves Alberta Coal Plant

coal.jpg In Alberta, coal was first mined near Edmonton as early as 1850, and commercial coal operations took off in 1874. After the coal rush where hundreds of mines popped up across the province, the “black rock that burns” fell out of favour by the mid 1950s with the advent of natural gas. While no new coal plants ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: ALEC Exposed: Center For Media and Democracy Details ALEC’s Industry-Friendly Legislation Machine

ALECexposedLogo_AProjectOfCMDflat.jpg The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has launched a new website, ALECExposed.org, to help consumers understand more about the secretive business group that is helping craft industry-friendly legislation. CMD has obtained more than 800 model bills that were crafted by ALEC for state governments across the country. From a CMD press release: At ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: American Petroleum Institute Dreams Of Placing Lobbyists In Every District

090720_gerard_schwartz_297.jpg Oil industry lobbyist and president of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Jack Gerard made his industry’s goal clear in a recent interview with Fortune Magazine. Mr. Gerard said he hopes that in the near future there will be an oil lobbyist on the ground in every U.S. Congressional district in order to help his ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Creator of the Valdez Catastrophe, ExxonMobil, Tries to Downplay Yellowstone Spill

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 estimates that approximately 160,000 litres of oil seeped into the river, one of the principal tributaries of the upper Missouri River.  The spill has forced some evacuations, and the Environmental Protection ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Canada Causes Cancer: Government & Industry Collude to Keep Asbestos Off UN Hazardous Chemical List

asbestos-bangladesh.jpg Last week, the Canadian government successfully and unilaterally stonewalled efforts to list chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous chemical at a United Nations conference in Switzerland.  According to Michael Stanley-Jones of the UN Environment Program, “[Canada] intervened in the chemicals contact group meeting … and opposed listing”. This is the third time that Canada has ...

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: Paul Ryan Lies About Ending Oil Subsidies To Protect His Family’s Cash Bonanza

Paul-Ryan-airquotes.jpg Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) has been all over the place when it comes to ending the multi-billion dollar subsidies that the oil industry receives every year. While he has publicly admitted that he is in favor of ending this “corporate welfare,” and his staff has claimed that his budget plan actually calls for an ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Massey Energy Is Not The Only Mountaintop Removal Mining Villain

mountaintop mining.jpg This week, hundreds of protesters are marching to Blair Mountain in West Virginia to call for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. The march commemorates the Battle of Blair Mountain – one of the most significant labor battles in American history, and one of the few times in history when a sitting ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Media Matters Report Shows Network TV Preference For Anti-Environment Guests

media-matters.jpg Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the Environmental Protection Agency had the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act, Republicans and other climate-deniers have been given an unprecedented amount of airtime on television to deride the EPA’s new power. The folks over at Media Matters ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: EPA Again Faults State Department Keystone XL Assessment as "Insufficient"

keystone_img_2801.jpg The controversial Keystone XL project proposed by Canadian dirty oil giant TransCanada was dealt a potentially devastating blow on its quest for federal approval after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) blasted the State Department’s draft analysis on the pipeline’s environmental impacts. The EPA calls the State Department’s revised draft assessment “insufficient”.  EPA identified a laundry list of omissions in ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Top Republican Wants To Weaken EPA, Fast Track Environmental Destruction

160px-Rep._Ed_Whitfield.jpg Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield from Kentucky, who serves as Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, has made it clear that he will do everything in his power to push several bills that will strip the Environmental Protection Agency of its ability to protect the public from pollution spewing from utility plants. ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Tar Sands Industry Has Its Eyes On Vancouver For Asian Export Terminal

saudi-oil-supertanker.jpeg In recent months, opposition to Enbrige’s Northern Gateway Pipeline has mounted as citizens, environmental groups and First Nations groups have protested the $5.5 billion dollar pipeline that would bring as many as 220 supertankers per year to Kitimat, B.C., to ship dirty tar sands crude to hungry energy markets in Asia. While opposition to this project has ...