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Did Halliburton Push Its ‘Cost-Cutting’ Cement?

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29. October 2010

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Did Halliburton Push Its ‘Cost-Cutting’ Cement?

Halliburton is the sloppy contractor with no license, bad B.O. and helpers off the street who use gravel to stretch the cement and pour your driveway without the rebar. Except writ large. And deadly. As the New York Times story says, “Halliburton knew weeks before the fatal explosion of the Macondo well in the Gulf [...]

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Hey, Chevron. Clean up Your Own Messes

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28. October 2010

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Hey, Chevron. Clean up Your Own Messes

The Texas oil money behind Proposition 23 is widely known by now. But there’s been less publicity about Big Oil–specifically Chevron–putting $4 million into passing Propostion 26, according to a nifty interactive chart just released by OilChange International.

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Feinberg to Chamber: “It won’t work”

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27. October 2010

Feinberg to Chamber: “It won’t work”

I had lunch in the Chamber of Commerce’s AIG-sponsored “Hall of Flags” today, where BP compensation fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg told the Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform that the legal system is working just fine.

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BP’s Long, Ugly History of Profit Over Safety

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26. October 2010

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BP’s Long, Ugly History of Profit Over Safety

Anyone who thinks BP’s big new promise to put safety before profit should read or watch the ProPublica/Frontline investigation of BP’s wretched safety history. (The Frontline documentary airs Tuesday). It’s the story of a corporation that for years cut costs to fuel growth above all, viewed safety as a waste of money and baldly lied to regulators.

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Obama: Yank Ethically Deaf BP Fund Chief From Chamber Speech

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26. October 2010

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Obama: Yank Ethically Deaf BP Fund Chief From Chamber Speech

The charitable interpretation of Kenneth Feinberg’s keynote speech Wednesday for the Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform is that the BP compensations fund administrator is deaf to the implications. When Feinberg opens his mouth, he’ll be validating a powerful and viciously anti-consumer organization whose parent, the Chamber, is deeply involved in pro-corporate politics.

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Obama Should Stop BP Fund Administrator Feinberg From Giving Chamber Of Commerce Keynote Or Fire Him, Watchdog Says

CONTACT: , 202-629-3043; or Jamie Court, 310-874-9989

26. October 2010

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Obama Should Stop BP Fund Administrator Feinberg From Giving Chamber Of Commerce Keynote Or Fire Him, Watchdog Says

Washington, DC — Consumer Watchdog asked President Obama to force BP Fund Administrator Kenneth Feinberg to withdraw from a keynote address Wednesday at a Chamber of Commerce group dedicated to eviscerating spill victims’ legal rights, and to fire Feinberg if he refuses.

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Dirty Hand of Europe’s Polluters in Senate Races

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25. October 2010

Dirty Hand of Europe’s Polluters in Senate Races

Large, high-polluting European companies including BP, petrochemical company BASF and chemical/pharmaceutical company Bayer are setting a whole new standard for hypocrisy. They resist new climate legislation in Europe on the argument that until other big polluters like the U.S. take action, Europe must hold back. Yet the same foreign-based companies, through their U.S. subsidiaries, are [...]

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Koch Brothers: Spiders At The Center Of A Web

21. October 2010

Koch Brothers: Spiders At The Center Of A Web

The Koch brothers, with their $55 billion net worth backing a politics of destruction and greed, are bad enough alone. But they’re also coordinators of a web of corporate and media powers on the far right, as revealed this week by the Center for American Progress. (Link is to Truthout, which has a more readable [...]

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Yes Men Pull a Double Fake on Chevron

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18. October 2010

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Yes Men Pull a Double Fake on Chevron

Chevron seemed to act fast–too fast–to shoot down a spoof Monday of the oil company’s “We Agree” faux-caring ad campaign. The spoof was by the Yes Men group, whose “Chamber of Commerce” news conference last year, calling for strong climate change laws, made the real Chamber apoplectic. This time, the Yes Men sent out a [...]

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Tesoro Banks On High Gas Prices In California, Touts “West Coast Premium”

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18. October 2010

Tesoro Banks On High Gas Prices In California, Touts “West Coast Premium”

Consumer Group Calls On Pension Funds to Divest From Prop 23 Backers Tesoro, Valero

Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates revealed an investor slide presentation by Texas-based oil company Tesoro explaining that oil refiners keep gasoline supplies especially tight on the West Coast to keep profits high through higher pump prices. The slides were included in a letter from Consumer Watchdog to California’s large public pension funds, known as CalPERS and CalSTRS, calling on the funds to divest from Tesoro and another refiner, Valero, which are the chief sponsors of Proposition 23 on the November ballot. The Investment Committee of CalPERS is meeting in Long Beach today.

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Tesoro Banks On High Gas Prices In California, Touts “West Coast Premium”

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18. October 2010

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Tesoro Banks On High Gas Prices In California, Touts “West Coast Premium”

Santa Monica, CA – Consumer advocates revealed an investor slide presentation by Texas-based oil company Tesoro explaining that oil refiners keep gasoline supplies especially tight on the West Coast to keep profits high through higher pump prices. The slides were included in a letter from Consumer Watchdog to California’s large public pension funds, known as [...]

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California Pension Funds Should Divest From Price Gouging Oil Firms Behind Prop 23

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16. October 2010

California Pension Funds Should Divest From Price Gouging Oil Firms Behind Prop 23

Consumer Watchdog has called on California’s two large public employee pension funds — CalPERS and CalSTRS — to sell off their holdings in Valero Energy and Tesoro, the big oil refiners behind Prop 23.  The two companies have gouged California drivers for years.  Consumer Watchdog writes in a letter to the board members of the [...]

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New report documents problems at Big Oil U

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14. October 2010

New report documents problems at Big Oil U

Big Oil has flooded campuses with millions of dollars to pay for clean energy research at American universities, undermining tradition academic values and potentially furthering a narrow commercial research agenda, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for American Progress. Jennifer Washburn shows how Big Oil has underwritten research at top-tier universities with few protections for scientific objectivity or scholarly independence.

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