DeSmogBlog: U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, Exemplar of Political Corruption

Dan Boren.jpeg Today, The New York Times ran an investigative piece uncovering a thick, multi-layered corruption scene, honing in on one man: U.S. Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK). Boren, many will recall, is one of the original co-sponsors of H.R. 1380, the NAT GAS Act, also known as the Pickens Plan, which would given tax credits to ...

DeSmogBlog: "Haynesville" Shale Gas Industry Documentary Exposed on AlterNet

Greg Kallenberg.jpeg This weekend, AlterNet published a long investigative piece that I wrote on a documentary that has made the rounds at film festivals and conferences around the country. Titled, "Haynesville: A Nation's Hunt for an Energy Future," the movie has pegged itself as the host of the "middle ground" conversation on domestic natural gas drilling, ...

DeSmogBlog: NAT GAS Act That Would Overhaul U.S. Fueling Infrastructure Moves Forward

Money Image.jpg On Thursday, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee's Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a hearing on Energy Tax Policy and Tax Reform. Three separate panels were held within the hearing itself: one on green energy credits included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, another examining different view points on ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Chesapeake "Declaration of Energy Independence": NAT GAS Act Embodied

T Boone Pickens.png This article has been cross-posted with permission of the Center for Media and Democracy‘s PR Watch. On July 11, Chesapeake Energy, the second largest methane gas corporation in the United States, announced its  “bold new plan”: a “Declaration of Energy Independence” for America’s energy future. (“Natural gas” is the public relations term the ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: NBC/GE, Dylan Ratigan Show, and the Methane Gas-Media Industrial Complex

Dylan Ratigan firewater.png Yesterday, I published an article for the Center for Media and Democracy’s PRWatch titled, “MSNBC’s (GE’s) Dylan Ratigan Show ‘Firewater?’ Series: Natural Gas Industry-Media Complex Exposed.“ Among other things, the article lays out the fundamental flaw with NBC’s coverage of anything pertaining to methane gas drilling–they are a “player in that game,” ...