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Sunday, October 22, 2017
Big Oil
Scott Pruitt, EPA

EPA’s Scott Pruitt: The Great Disruptor

Thanks to all the senators who are beholden to Big Oil, Scott Pruitt is now poised to do even more damage as the head of the EPA. It will take a lot more citizen disruptors to stop him.

March 3, 2017
Global Warming, Climate Change

Some Conservative Institutions Cannot Deny Climate Change

Last year was the hottest year on record, beating the record set in 2015. And 2015 topped the record set in 2014, according to NASA. Scientists say that this is the first time that temperature records have been broken three years in a row. For all the time spent worrying about jihadist terrorists and Mexican criminals, they don’t constitute an existential threat to humanity. Climate change does.

February 24, 2017
Environmental

In A Nod To The Energy Industry, Pruitt Says EPA Can Also Be Pro-Jobs

The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that America need not choose between jobs and the environment, in a nod to the energy industry, as the White House prepares executive orders that could come as soon as this week to roll back Obama-era regulation.

February 21, 2017
Energy Kids

Child’s Play: Team Trump Rewrites Department Of Energy Website For Kids

The changes on the energy website for kids were flagged by the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, a group including scientists, lawyers, and archivists that started tracking changes to federal websites and data after Trump’s election.

February 17, 2017
Dakota Access Pipeline

Construction Resumes On Dakota Pipeline Despite Tribe’s Challenge

To obtain the temporary restraining order, the tribe must convince the judge there will be immediate harm suffered and prove it has a strong overall case should its lawsuit to halt the project result in a full trial. “This administration (Trump’s) has expressed utter and complete disregard for not only our treaty and water rights, but the environment as a whole,” the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said in a statement on its website.

February 10, 2017
Russia, Big Oil

The Perils Of Big Oil Democracy

As the Kremlin tries to woo yet another incoming U.S. administration, Moscow expects to count on what it considers the “greed” of Big Oil to help it end the sanctions strangling its economy and to attract fresh investment in its energy industry. Perhaps this time around, the U.S. government and the Western oil industry will more accurately view Russia as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

January 27, 2017
DAPL, Dakota Access, Oil

President Trump Sends Unmistakable Signal On Pipelines: Big Oil Is Back

The hotly contested Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects that President Donald Trump brought back to life with the stroke of a pen may still never get built — but for Trump, that isn’t necessarily the point. Trump used the two proposed pipelines to send an unmistakable message: Energy firms and their projects are back in favor.

January 25, 2017
Climate Change

What Climate Change? White House Touts Energy Plans

Minutes after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, Obama’s White House energy page was swiftly replaced with a box of text under the headline “An America First Energy Plan.” Climate change was still mentioned on the energy page, but only once, and only to dismiss any concern. The missing piece is a plan to address climate change.

January 23, 2017
Reign of Trump

Together We Can Beat Back The Reign Of Trump

It’s time for us to double down on what can be seen as the progressive community’s shared campaign for populist justice. We can beat back the brutishness the Reign of Trump promises — if we seriously unite. So, yes, buckle up. But more importantly, buck up!

January 18, 2017
Tillerson, Climate Change, ExxonMobil

5 Key Climate Takeaways From The Rex Tillerson Confirmation Hearing

Tillerson is already under fire for making the seemingly false claim that Exxon has not lobbied against sanctions on Russia and other nations that would affect Exxon’s business dealings, but here are five other climate change-related takeaways that reporters should keep in mind in their coverage of the hearing and Tillerson nomination going forward.

January 12, 2017
Exxon, Tillerson, Russia

Exxon’s Rex Tillerson And The Rise Of Big Oil In American Politics

With Tillerson as the country’s top diplomat, the opportunity to redefine the rationale and methods for the entirety of our interactions with other nations is unparalleled. While this has been true to some extent since World War II, this appointment institutionalizes the view that our national diplomacy will be guided by resource acquisition.

January 11, 2017
Oil industry reeling from Obama's biofuel regulations

Trump Faces Dilemma As U.S. Oil Reels From Record Biofuels Targets

The Obama administration signed its final plan for renewable fuel use, leaving an oil industry reeling from the most aggressive biofuel targets yet as Trump takes over. This policy has pitted two of Trump’s support bases against each other: Big Oil and Big Corn.

November 28, 2016
Oil barrels are stacked at a storage facility in Seattle, Washington

Obama’s Oil Tax Is Politically Unfeasible, But It’s Still An Important Discussion To Have

Even though the plan has zero likelihood of passing in a Republican-controlled Congress during an election year, the motivations behind Obama’s proposal deserves a closer look.

February 11, 2016
Fracking, Trump Cabinet, Environmental disaster

‘Dr. Evil’ Turns Out To Be ‘Dr. Silly’

Rick Berman is not a doctor, not evil, and not a scourge. While he is a wholly unprincipled little man, he’s just a self-serving huckster who grubs for corporate dollars by offering to do their dirty PR work.

April 22, 2015

Christie Loves New Jersey — He Just Loves Oil Money More

It’s easier to bully an ordinary citizen than an oil giant.

March 2, 2015

Overseas Problems Won’t Derail Growing U.S. Economy, Analysts Say

Here’s why the American economy is outpacing the rest of the world.

January 6, 2015

GOP Senate Candidate Gillespie Made $3 Million ‘Advising’ Big Oil And Gas Lobbyists

You won’t find Ed Gillespie, the likely Republican nominee to challenge Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) this fall, on the official list of lobbyists maintained by the Secretary of the Senate’s database. That’s because Gillespie isn’t registered. But not being registered doesn’t mean he doesn’t help big corporations and lobbying firms advance their interests in Washington. […]

May 16, 2014