Archive | January, 2007

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“Oil Profit Monster:” A Powerful, Flexible and Free Tool

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30. January 2007

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“Oil Profit Monster:” A Powerful, Flexible and Free Tool

To go directly to Profit Monster’s Excel database, click here. OilWatchdog’s database pulls together quarterly and annual profits, by sector, of the five major oil companies from 2000 to the present. It uniquely includes companies that were later bought out (for instance Unocal, taken over by Chevron in 2005) in the larger company’s totals for [...]

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BP Safety Letters

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7. January 2007

BP Safety Letters

Raw documents on deficient safety culture of BP

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Peak Oil

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1. January 2007

Peak Oil

Here’s an apocalyptic but thorough argument that world oil production has peaked, and analysis of the consequences. 

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How BP Killed 15

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1. January 2007

How BP Killed 15

A critical report on BP safety lapses  (pdf, 774pp.) by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. The analysis of  BP’s disastrous 2005 Texas refinery explosion that killed 15 people shows the contradiction between BP’s self-congratulatory words and its mean-spirited, deadly skimping on industrial safety. Hint: read the summary starting on page 14.

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Cleaner, Cheaper Energy

1. January 2007

Cleaner, Cheaper Energy

OilWatchdog.org aims to curb oil company profiteering and to increase conservation and cleaner fuels. Oil companies must be forced to encourage (instead of prevent) the sale of biofuels at their gas stations, and to offer all fuels at a fair price. Outlandish profits on gasoline go only to oil company coffers, not to development of [...]

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Stopping ‘Big Oil U’

1. January 2007

Stopping ‘Big Oil U’

Big Oil companies are pumping millions of dollars into research projects at universities seeking alternative energy sources. The problem is that the flood of dollars is setting research agendas that suit the corporate interest and undermine traditional academic research. Too often the deals give control of any discoveries to the companies enabling them to lock [...]

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Fix the Hot Fuel Ripoff

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1. January 2007

Fix the Hot Fuel Ripoff

This aboveground tank at a Colorado gas station is painted black for one reason; to heat the gasoline or diesel any time the sun shines. Hotter fuel expands and gives you less energy in the tank. Read more about how to stop the motorist rip-off below. When the temperature of gasoline rises above 60 degrees, [...]

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Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air

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1. January 2007

Smoke, Mirrors and Hot Air

An enduring January 2007 report (pdf format) by the Union of Concerned Scientists on How ExxonMobil Uses Big Tobacco’s Tactics to Manufacture Uncertainty on Climate Science.

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