Tag Archive | "media critique"

Yes Men Pull a Double Fake on Chevron

Monday, October 18, 2010

8 Comments

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 […]

Continue reading...

Beware BP spin on size record

Thursday, July 1, 2010

0 Comments

Beware BP spin on size record

7-01-2010 by dugan   BP’s devastating oil spill may now be the largest accidental spill in modern history, bigger than the estimated 140 million gallons spewed by the 1979-80 Ixtoc spill off the coast of Mexico, which eventually slimed 170 miles of Texas beaches. It’s smaller only than the deliberate spillage by Iraq into the […]

Continue reading...

Drilling Dereg: Darth Did It

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

1 Comment

Drilling Dereg: Darth Did It

6-2-10 by dugan   It was Dick Cheney’s secretive, dour demeanor that earned him the nickname "Darth Vader" when he was vice president. But he also had Darth’s slash-and-burn tendencies. Cheney, we now learn, stacked the federal Minerals Management Service with Wyoming pols and oil industry pals who eagerly followed Cheney’s maximum deregulation philosophy. Leading, […]

Continue reading...

Silence of Big Oil in Gulf

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

0 Comments

Silence of Big Oil in Gulf

5-25-10 by dugan   Here’s the "bingo" quote from a Tuesday Washington Post story by Karen Tumulty, explaining why the rest of the Big Oil companies are pretty much hiding in a hole as BP fails to stop its catastrophic spill with one Rube Goldberg device after another: It is now apparent that BP did […]

Continue reading...

Run From Guys With Clipboards

Friday, March 5, 2010

10 Comments

Run From Guys With Clipboards

3-5-10 by dugan   I guess its’s fitting that it took a New York newspaper to inform Californians that a couple of giant Texas oil refining companies are bankrolling a ballot initiative to kill the state’s popular climate change/green energy law. The whole saga is much like Oklahoma oilman T. Boone Pickens’ failed effort in […]

Continue reading...

Sympathetic Hired Guns

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

0 Comments

Sympathetic Hired Guns

3-2-10 by dugan   While the end game on health care legislation sucks up the available news space, proposals to curb greenhouse gas emissions are being picked to shreds by power companies, coal companies, oil interests, large agribusiness and… senior citizens? The first member group that pops up on the website of Energy Citizens, an […]

Continue reading...

Oil vs. Water: You Choose

Monday, December 28, 2009

2 Comments

Oil vs. Water: You Choose

If you had to choose between oil and water, one or the other, which would you choose? Living without oil or natural gas wouldn’t be fun, but you wouldn’t live at all without drinkable water. Which raises another question: Why is Exxon’s huge bet on natural gas drilling that may widely contaminate U.S. drinking water […]

Continue reading...

Oil Lobby Loves Photoshop

Thursday, December 10, 2009

0 Comments

Oil Lobby Loves Photoshop

It’s a cheap shot, but I’m never above making the oil lobby look phony and stupid. Thanks to TPM for posting a photo from an American Petroleum Institute pamphlet that appears to show a (slightly) racially diverse group of industry employees. Except… 1. It’s a stock photo of some random group. 2. The race of […]

Continue reading...

This ‘carbon trading’ thingie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

20 Comments

This ‘carbon trading’ thingie

11-04-09 by dugan   Carbon trading. Oh, yawn. Too weird and complicated. MEGO. Leave me alone. But wait a minute: A new website, Carbon Watch, could change your mind about keeping up with cap and trade. It’s a joint project of the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting and PBS’s "Frontline," and puts the central battle […]

Continue reading...

Oil profits shouldn’t ‘recover’

Friday, October 30, 2009

0 Comments

Oil profits shouldn’t ‘recover’

10-30-09 by dugan   Why is it that media reports on oil company profits only compare them to the previous quarter and the previous year? This week’s third-quarter profit reports for Exxon, Shell, Chevron and friends showed profits down by half or more from last year’s pigs-at-the-trough delirium. Less than $5 billion for Exxon! Less […]

Continue reading...

Truth in greenwashing

Thursday, May 28, 2009

0 Comments

Truth in greenwashing

   What If Chevron Ran An Honest Ad Campaign?   Instead of just making fun of Chevron’s fake environmentalism, what if someone made them tell the truth? Jeff Grubler of InsaneReagan actually did it, producing the biting "Honest Chevron" series above. OilWatchdog’s Chicago friend Mark Dascoli turned them into this dandy Youtube slideshow. Jeff’s truthy […]

Continue reading...

Chevron’s disgraceful deceit

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

3 Comments

Chevron’s disgraceful deceit

05-13-09 by dugan   If you go to YouTube and search for "Chevron 60 Minutes," the first three results look like the image at left. Two of them are a real and tough "60 Minutes" report on Chevron’s liability for toxic pollution of the Ecuadorean Amazon by Texaco, which Chevron took over. The top search […]

Continue reading...

Palin, Obama, Exxon & “T Rex”

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

4 Comments

Palin, Obama, Exxon & “T Rex”

Does OilWatchdog troll gossip sites? Well, how else to stumble on the Conde Nast Portfolio cover of Sarah Palin, with leftover photos from her Vogue shoot and a bottom line that she’s not governing anything, including Alaska’s dreamed-of natural gas pipeline. But the real prize is another story in the same issue, by Peter Waldman, […]

Continue reading...