Archive | September, 2007

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Human Energy?

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30. September 2007

Human Energy?

9-30-07 by Court    Chevron’s latest advertising campaign, which gives the company the tagline "Human Energy," is a classic study in how large rogue corporations try to show themselves as having a soul and human meaning.  The 2.5 minute infomercial on 60 minutes tonight (see the ad in the link in Ad Age) tries to [...]

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TV’s Take on Big Oil

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28. September 2007

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TV’s Take on Big Oil

The Chonicle of Higher Education September 28, 2007 by Staff Writers TV’s Take on the Influence of Big Oil Ripped from the headlines? This week the ABC comic-drama series Boston Legal offered up a Hollywood take on the controversies that have hit universities like Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley after they accepted [...]

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Chevron, Can You Spare a Dime?

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28. September 2007

Chevron, Can You Spare a Dime?

09-28-07 by dugan   Greenpeace, eat your heart out. A day after announcing a $15 billion stock buyback, Chevron today announces a new $15-million ad campaign to boost its sorry corporate image. $15 million is only .1% of the stock buyback, but it’s still an unimaginable media budget for Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Consumers Union or [...]

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Chevron’s Ads = Greenwashing

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28. September 2007

NEWS RELEASE September 28, 2007 CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, x305, or cell: 213-280-0175 Chevron’s $15 Million Ads, $15 Billion Stock Buyback Are P.R. Greenwashing, Stockholder Appeasement, Says Watchdog Group; Oil Giant Touts Necessity of Oil for "Foreseeable Future," Yet Would Cut Back Refinery Expansion Santa Monica, CA — Chevron today announced a gauzy, Hollywood-slick $15-million [...]

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Stanford U. on Boston Legal

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27. September 2007

Stanford U. on Boston Legal

San Jose Mercury News (California) September 27, 2007 by Julie Sevrens Lyons, Mercury News Stanford University on Boston Legal Hollywood hasn’t been too kind to Stanford University this year. First, Los Angeles producer Steve Bing took the school to task for its partnership with oil giant ExxonMobil — and rescinded a promise to give his [...]

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Nichols Sells Oil, Keeps Chocolate

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26. September 2007

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Nichols Sells Oil, Keeps Chocolate

09-26-07 by dugan     When longtime air-quality expert Mary Nichols took the top job on California’s Air Resources Board in July, jaws dropped when she disclosed her family stock holdings: lots of oil, coal and energy. Now she’s sold  the Big Oil and coal. Congratulations. What took so long? As the San Jose Mercury [...]

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BP Keeps on Bumbling

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26. September 2007

BP Keeps on Bumbling

09-26-07 by dugan   Lots of folks have sent along a Financial Times report that BP’s CEO sees its third-quarter performance as "dreadful." (Here’s a later recap from the Guardian, with updates).  BP CEO Tony Hayward tried to blame some of the bad outlook on lower refining profits, but other analysts say in a CNN [...]

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“Boston Legal” Pillories Big Oil U

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26. September 2007

“Boston Legal” Pillories Big Oil U

NEWS RELEASE September 26, 2007 CONTACT: John M. Simpson, (310) 392-0522, ext. 317, or (310) 292-1902, cell Big Oil U Pilloried On "Boston Legal" Season Premiere; $500 Million BP Deal at Berkeley Near Completion; Oil Dollars Flow to Colleges Across the USA Santa Monica, CA — ABC’s popular TV show "Boston Legal" took its plot [...]

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“Boston Legal” Focuses on Big Oil U

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26. September 2007

“Boston Legal” Focuses on Big Oil U

9-26-04 by simpson   ABC’s Boston Legal likes to base its plots on real life and the plot of last night’s season premier was drawn from Big Oil U campuses at Stanford University and UC Berkeley. I didn’t watch the show, but this e-mail from my colleague Doug Heller outlines the plot. The show pretty [...]

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Truckstop Tale

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26. September 2007

Truckstop Tale

09-26-07 by dugan   There’s no one more upset about the "hot fuel" ripoff than independent truckers, who lose hundreds of dollars a year on lost energy from heat-expanded fuel. They also find truck stops that sell fuel really hot, way above the air temperature. Here’s a great story about one of these "hot spots" [...]

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Truckers Cold on Hot Fuel Bill

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25. September 2007

Truckers Cold on Hot Fuel Bill

09-25-07 by dugan   The group that represents independent truckers across the nation–including at California ports and agricultural centers–wants Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to get out his veto pen on the phony "hot fuel" bill passed by the Legislature with the support of petroleum marketers. Their letter describes a lot of the things OilWatchdog doesn’t like, [...]

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Who Hates Ethanol?

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25. September 2007

Who Hates Ethanol?

09-25-07 by dugan     I’d wondered why anti-ethanol stories seemed to be popping up more frequently in the last year, and Business Week magazine has one solid answer: Big Oil hates the idea of Big Ethanol. The industry campaign is the opposite of greenwashing. Should we call it "brownwashing?" In any case, the BW [...]

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Not Cooking With Gas In CA

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25. September 2007

Not Cooking With Gas In CA

9-24-07 by Court   Turns out that ambitious reform plan Speaker Nunez promoted for the cameras this summer has fizzled. Surprise, surpise. The only legislation on Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk at the end of session are two bills endorsed by Big Oil. For the record, here’s the final wrap-up of this year’s edition of "As Big [...]

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