What did Big Oil know and when did they know it?

January 31, 2014By Steve KretzmannBlog Post, Featured, Separate Oil and State 23 Comments

According to multiple sources the State Department will issue its long awaited Final Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline later today. The early spin today is that “environmentalists will be disappointed”.  But consider the source.   Last week, Jack Gerard, the head of the American Petroleum Institute, told Reuters that  “It’s our … Read More

Pro-fracking letter to Governor Brown has oily taste to it

December 23, 2013By David TurnbullBlog Post, Featured, Separate Oil and State 6 Comments

The letter, with 21 signatories, suggests that fracking can be done safely with proper regulation, and that the economic benefits of fracking up California outweigh the inherent risks to the environment of the extraction practice. But even a very quick analysis of the signatories and the arguments they put forward will show another story. In short, this letter from scientists was made possible by the oil industry.