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Big Oil’s Big Bribes?

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31. January 2008

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Big Oil’s Big Bribes?

01-31-08 by dugan   I absolutely can’t vouch for the truth of this story, but it’s no wonder that people would believe it. A Bahraini publication claims that oil companies are offering Iraqi legislators $5 million each to vote for the Iraqi oil law, which would give the oil companies control of Iraq’s huge untapped […]

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Shell Posts Record Annual Profit

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31. January 2008

Shell Posts Record Annual Profit

NEWS RELEASE January 31, 2008 CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305, cell: 213-280-0175; or Jamie Court, ext. 327, cell: 310 874-9989 Shell’s Record Profit Is a Thumb In the Eye of Recession-Wracked Nation, Says Group; Yearly Profits of Industry Will Nearly Equal Treasury Cost of Federal Economic Stimulus Package Santa Monica, CA — The record […]

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Hot Fuel Fix Gets Pole-Axed

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29. January 2008

Hot Fuel Fix Gets Pole-Axed

1-29-08 by dugan (Albuquerque, NM)–I thought I was in the chambers of a Chicago alderman watching a deal go down, not in a sober meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures. A key committee that was expected to provide a lively showdown on fixing the hot fuel ripoff of motorists began and immediately […]

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Hot Fuel Fix Tabled

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29. January 2008

Hot Fuel Fix Tabled

The Kansas City Star January 29, 2008 by STEVE EVERLY, The Kansas City Star Committee halts regulatory effort to fix hot fuel ALBUQUERQUE, NM — The National Conference on Weights and Measures, under industry pressure, on Tuesday tabled a nationwide regulatory fix for hot fuel — pushing resolution of the issue into 2009 at least. […]

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Wacky Weights ‘n Measures

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28. January 2008

Wacky Weights ‘n Measures

1-28-08 by dugan   A t-shirt widely sold in Albuquerque, N.M., where the National Conference on Weights and Measures is meeting, says: "Keep the Quirky in ‘Querque." Today was "Quirky" and far, far more at this meeting. Oil and gasoline lobbyists spent seven hours railing to a committee that fixing the "hot fuel" ripoff would […]

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Hot Fuel Showdown

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26. January 2008

Hot Fuel Showdown

1-26-07 by dugan     I’m heading this weekend to a meeting in Albuquerque of the national weights and measures organization. The buzz issue is whether to fix the hot fuel ripoff with temperature-compensating retail pumps, a topic  the National Conference on Weights and Measures is only reluctantly taking up. The lobbyists will be out […]

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Cold Days for Hot Fuel Ripoff

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26. January 2008

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Cold Days for Hot Fuel Ripoff

1-26-08 by dugan   Thursday in the California capitol was cold, windy and spitting rain. But the topic in a government meeting room was hot fuel, a national issue that will shoplift money from our wallets again this summer. We’ll all be buying gasoline that has heated up at the refinery and heated up more […]

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Big Oil Causing Recession?

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24. January 2008

Big Oil Causing Recession?

1-24-08 by simpson As econmic storm clouds gather and politicos in Washington scramble to prevent a  recession, much attention has been focused on the housing market and bad loans. Our oil industry expert, "Insider" sees another culprit that he predicts will put the U.S. in a deep hole the likes of which  haven’t been seen […]

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ConocoPhillips’ Record 4th Qtr

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23. January 2008

ConocoPhillips’ Record 4th Qtr

NEWS RELEASE January 7, 2008 CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, x317; or cell: 310-292-1902 ConocoPhillips Rides Oil Prices To Record Earnings As Consumers Face Soaring Costs at the Gas Pump First of Big Oil Giants To Report 2007 Profits Had Best 4th Quarter Ever Santa Monica, CA — ConocoPhillips reported a 37 percent increase in […]

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Another Big Oil U Warning Issued

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21. January 2008

Another Big Oil U Warning Issued

1-21-08 by simpson   The prestigious Center for Science in the Public Interest has joined us in warning of the dangers Big Oil money poses to university research. In a report issued today CSPI says American universities may be jeopardizing their academic integrity by giving oil, gas, and other polluting industries unprecedented influence over the […]

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Distract ‘Em From the Chevy Volt

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18. January 2008

Distract ‘Em From the Chevy Volt

1-18-07 by dugan   My greenwash antenna is waving madly. GM chief exec Rick Wagoner made a splash at the Detroit auto show earlier this week, announcing an investment in cellulosic ethanol. He offered no dollar amount, no time frame, no hard promises. A cynic would say it’s just a way to quiet critics of […]

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Clean-Air Hand-Clap for Safeway

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18. January 2008

Clean-Air Hand-Clap for Safeway

12-18-08 by dugan   We ought to be past the time when fueling a truck fleet on a biodiesel blend that’s good for any diesel engine merits a back-slapping news conference. But it’s still worth mentioning that Safeway pledged today to convert all of its big delivery trucks to B-20, I presume blended with low-emission […]

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Mr. Oil’s Different World

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17. January 2008

Mr. Oil’s Different World

1-17-08 by dugan As most of us don’t remember offhand, the price of crude oil a year ago was $52 a barrel. I  looked it up after reading a speech  that Red Cavaney, longtime head of the American Petroleum Institute, delivered in Washington yesterday. His defense of today’s $90 a barrel oil price cites exactly […]

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