Extraction and Disclosure

August 24, 2012By Steve KretzmannBlog Post

This is a guest post from Phil Mattera, over at the always vital Dirt Digger’s Digest: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission often behaves like a watchdog with no teeth, but it has just stood up to intense pressure from big business and finally approved two rules that will shine a light on dealings between … Read More

Big Oil Donates over $500,000 to Congress in First Quarter of 2012

April 23, 2012By Karen ShowalterBlog Post, Featured, Separate Oil and State

The political action committees (PACs) of five of the biggest players in the oil and gas industry donated just over $500,000 to Congressional incumbents and candidates during the first quarter of 2012. Public Campaign has just released new analysis of data filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Some key findings: Exxon’s PAC was the biggest … Read More

New EPA Regs Address Fracking…in 2015

April 20, 2012By Karen ShowalterBlog Post, Featured

Some good news: The Environmental Protection Agency issued important rules to address air pollution from natural gas drilling, primarily fracking. Less good news: Bending to pressure from Big Oil, the measures won’t go into effect until 2015. The regulations will require that new wells capture certain smog-forming compounds, as well as methane, which is a … Read More

The API doesn’t just threaten Obama, it threatens us all.

January 5, 2012By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured 2 Comments

 Yesterday’s presentation by American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard (right) was reported widely as the oil industry laying down the gauntlet for Obama to approve Keystone XL. The threat was indeed pretty clear. Gerard claimed President Obama would face “huge political consequences” if he denied the permit for the project. But the API’s agenda, which is clearly … Read More

Big Oil Threatens President Obama

January 4, 2012By Steve KretzmannBlog Post, Featured, Separate Oil and State 3 Comments

 By Brendan Demelle, DeSmogBlog American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard today announced the oil and gas industry’s latest election-year scare campaign to threaten the demise of the U.S. economy unless Big Oil gets its every wish in Washington. This year the wish list includes approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, expanded offshore drilling on both … Read More

Rick Perry’s predictable energy plan

October 14, 2011By Lorne StockmanBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

I wasn’t bowled over with surprise to hear news of Rick Perry’s energy plan today. I could have written it myself. The plan is a fossil fuel industry wish list. Open everything up and dismantle any regulation that might get in the way of digging, drilling, fracking and burning. It’s not really news. It wasn’t … Read More