Archive | June, 2007

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“Independence” Behind Firing

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29. June 2007

“Independence” Behind Firing

6-29-07 by Court   The other shoe over Arnold Schwarzenegger’s firing of the Air Resources Board Chief Bob Sawyer dropped in the LA Times today. Sawyer says the entire issue is political independence and his desire to move quickly on removing greenhouse gas emissions. Arrnold may have donned a green tie, marketed himself as the [...]

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Setback for Emissions Law?

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28. June 2007

Setback for Emissions Law?

06-28-07 by dugan   My colleague Carmen over at ArnoldWatch reports that Gov. Schwarzenegger fired the chair of the California Air Resources Board, who protested a wimpy initial enforcement plan for the state greenhouse emissions law. Schwarzenegger’s environmental sainthood wearing thinner every day. From Carmen: The Sacramento Bee is reporting that Governor Schwarzenegger just fired [...]

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NY Judge KOs Chevron

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28. June 2007

NY Judge KOs Chevron

6-28-07 by Court Chevron failed to convince a US District Court judge in New York that the case against the company for contaminating the Amazon should be sujbect to arbitration and removed from Ecuador’s justice system. 30,000 Amazon residents are seeking to make Chevron pay $6 billion in clean up costs for subsidary Texaco’s dumping [...]

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Big Oil Calls Halt to Lower Prices

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27. June 2007

Big Oil Calls Halt to Lower Prices

For Immediate Release June 27, 2007 Contact: Judy Dugan, 310 392-0522   Lower Gasoline Supply Will Lead to Upward Price Turn, Says Group   Motorists hoping they’d seen the last of $3-plus gasoline are in for a disappointment, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said today. Oil companies that in the past several weeks [...]

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Nothing Satisfies ‘T Rex’

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27. June 2007

Nothing Satisfies ‘T Rex’

06-27-07 by dugan     You’d think, after the Senate dropped from its energy bill anything that might give heartburn to Big Oil, that ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson would be grinning ear to ear. But no. In an exclusive interview this week in the Financial Times, T Rex is one unhappy dinosaur. He seems to [...]

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Rustbelt Ally Smacks Detroit

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27. June 2007

Rustbelt Ally Smacks Detroit

06-27-07 by dugan   It’s one thing when the bicoastal literati with clean, soft hands slam the Detroit clique that opposes any mandatory improvements in auto efficiency standards. It’s completely another  when a fellow, and struggling, industrial city does it. That’s the significance of an editorial today in the Buffalo News whacking Michigan lawmakers for [...]

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Coast to Coast Suspicion

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26. June 2007

Coast to Coast Suspicion

06-26-07 by dugan   OilWatchdog’s home in California is a continent away from Albany, NY, but this editorial in the Albany Times Union shows the credibility of oil companies is in the tank from coast to coast. It’s a very sharp piece of fact-based writing, skewering oil companies’ yearly change of tune about what causes [...]

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First Venezuela, Then….

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25. June 2007

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First Venezuela, Then….

06-25-07 by dugan ExxonMobil and Conoco Philllips are playing a high-stakes game of chicken with Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez over his seizure of control in the companies’ Orinoco oilfields. The worst-case result could be the loss of enough oil out of Venezuela, at least in the short term, to send prices rocketing up. Nobody on [...]

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“Sticks And Stones…”

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25. June 2007

“Sticks And Stones…”

06-25-07 by Simpson Now I’m being compared to Joe McCarthy and Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels for pointing out that when a university takes Big Oil money it hurts the credibility of research done there. Big Oil companies are pumping money into research projects at universities across the country, a trend we’ve dubbed “Big Oil U.”  [...]

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State shifts gears on gas prices

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24. June 2007

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State shifts gears on gas prices

Pasadena Star-News (California) June 24, 2007 by Steve Geissinger Sacramento Bureau State shifts gears on gas prices California is getting poor political mileage out of its latest outcry over gasoline price spikes again, but everyone from politicians to activists are subtly shifting gears this time to end impotence on the painful problem. Experts say it’s [...]

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Assembly tries to lower gas prices

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22. June 2007

Assembly tries to lower gas prices

Associated Press June 22, 2007 Assembly passes bills in effort to lower gasoline prices  by SAMANTHA YOUNG, Associated Press Writer SACRAMENTO, CA — Democrats in the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation to boost oversight of oil refiners and study the practices of the gasoline industry, moves their Republican counterparts described as nothing more than [...]

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A World of ‘If ‘On Energy Bill

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22. June 2007

A World of ‘If ‘On Energy Bill

06/22/07 by dugan   Yes, at least the Senate’s energy bill vote yesterday wasn’t about opening US coastlines to unlimited drilling and tearing up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to get at maybe six months’ worth of oil. Huge subsidies to coal were blocked. And it’s better to be moving forward with new auto standards [...]

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CA Oil Laws Take New Step

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21. June 2007

CA Oil Laws Take New Step

June 21, 2007   For Immediate Release Contact:  Judy Dugan (310)  392-0522 ext. 305 CA. Assembly Awakens to Gasoline Crisis, Passes Consumer-Friendly Bills Group Urges Senate Leader to Resist Oil Companies, Take a Stand for Full Passage   (Santa Monica)—The California Assembly took a step toward reining in gasoline prices today, passing two small but [...]

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