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“Gas Pain” At Pump and Smokestack

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29. March 2012

“Gas Pain” At Pump and Smokestack

This California license plate, “Gas Pain,” might be the sly joke of a gastroenterologist, but it’s not on a Mercedes. So let’s stipulate that it means pain at the pump, with a gallon of regular gas stuck for months at around $4.40. This kind of price is as usual fueled by investor speculation and an […]

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Ohio’s Earthquake: Top 10 New Ways to Use Toxic Gas-Drilling Waste

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3. January 2012

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Ohio’s Earthquake: Top 10 New Ways to Use Toxic Gas-Drilling Waste

Ohio has shut down the natural gas drilling wastewater disposal well that triggers earthquakes. Politicians are finally reacting to drinking water contamination, too. We need new disposal methods for the salty, toxic waste and ways to hold oil companies accountable. Here are 10 great ways to do both!

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2012: Few Jobs, But Gobs of Profit for Oil

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3. January 2012

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2012: Few Jobs, But Gobs of Profit for Oil

The reviled “jobless recovery” of the U.S. economy won’t improve much in 2012, say the usual forecasters. But oil company executives and market speculators can break out the champagne now as the price of crude oil starts the year with a huge jump. It’s not about Iranian threats or rising demand, it’s about speculative profits.

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Fracking and Yakking

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5. October 2011

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Fracking and Yakking

Exxon Mobil, which is making big bets worldwide on hydraulic fracturing for deeply buried natural gas, is also making big bets on its sincere, earnest advertising about clean, safe natural gas. The ads turn me into a crazy person, yelling at the television during halftimes and seventh-inning stretches. Their claim that they ensure compliance with all “applicable […]

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Natural Gas Drillers: ‘We Don’t Need Your Stinking Air Rules’

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3. August 2011

Natural Gas Drillers: ‘We Don’t Need Your Stinking Air Rules’

Whenever regulators try to clean up our air or water, industry issues its standard “job killer” press release. Let your children keep their asthma and we won’t shut down our (oil, gas, coal) (refinery, drilling facility, surface mine), is the general theme. No surprise, then, that a coalition of deep-well natural gas drillers responded sternly […]

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If Exxon Can’t Deal With the Montana Spill…

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12. July 2011

If Exxon Can’t Deal With the Montana Spill…

Exxon is still fumbling to deal with a 42,000-gallon oil pipeline spill on the Yellowstone River west of Billings, Montana. Its initial response was pathetic–it was slow to turn off the gushing pipeline, had no plan for dealing with a spill in high water (i.e. every spring) and, most alarmingly, “misspoke” about how deeply the […]

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Energy Drillers: Water Pollution Info Is Our Secret

18. May 2011

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Energy Drillers: Water Pollution Info Is Our Secret

The surge in energy company drilling for deep-rock natural gas has generated a matching surge in complaints of water contamination, including faucets pouring out so much methane gas that you can light it (video) with a match. The drillers, which include Exxon and other major energy operators, long denied the contamination had anything to do […]

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Is There a ‘Gashole’ in Your Tank?

18. April 2011

Is There a ‘Gashole’ in Your Tank?

The price of gasoline is up a dollar in the last year to $3.83 a gallon nationally. Good time to see a strange, funny, disturbing documentary called “Gashole” about how this happens. Who knew that Congressional hearings featuring oil company CEOS could be simultaneously hilarious and horrifiying? Or that “Reefer Madness” provides a clue to how oil companies distract us from the real issues?

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$4.00 Gas: It’s Not Just the Oil Price

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12. April 2011

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$4.00 Gas: It’s Not Just the Oil Price

Oil companies are making a fortune off of drivers with oil at $109 a barrel (which comes to $2.60 a gallon at 42 gallons per barrel). But they’re getting rich a second time refining the oil into gasoline.

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Chevron Ecuador Judgment: A Long Way From Paid

15. February 2011

Chevron Ecuador Judgment: A Long Way From Paid

An Ecuadorean judge’s ruling Monday that Chevron owes $8.8 billion for oil-drilling damage and pollution in the Amazon is far less than asked. But it’s far more than Chevron intends to pay–which is zero, except for the tens of millions of dollars or more the oil giant is shelling out to its army of lawyers. […]

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Jerry Brown, Can Fiji Make You a Wimp?

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2. December 2010

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Jerry Brown, Can Fiji Make You a Wimp?

The wee island nation of Fiji managed Wednesday to back down a California-owned company and extract a fee of 8 US cents per liter on Fiji Water. The state of California can’t even manage to back down Big Oil and charge a few cents a gallon on oil pumped out of its public lands. Jerry Brown, are you listening?

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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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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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