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9/23/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
There’s a name that’s becoming as ubiquitous in dirty oil politics as Coke cans are in greasy spoons. And it’s pronounced like the soft drink, but spelled Koch. The New Yorker definitively exposed the gas and oil tycoons known as the Koch brothers. But who are the latest Koch-heads to wear the brand with pride? •...
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9/21/2010
Posted by Jamie Court
When Californians angry about oil companies' attempt to repeal the state's greenhouse gas emission cap went to confront the oil refiner behind Prop 23's power play, they found the Tea Party in their way. What's an angry populist movement that's supposed to represent real people doing defending oil companies? It's a question the New York Times...
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9/16/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
It’s amazing how oil companies stay so completely on message. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry mouthpiece, is pushing the same deceptive “jobs, jobs, jobs” message as the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 on the California ballot. Both are saying that any shift toward greener energy that costs...
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9/16/2010
Posted by Doug Heller
Did you ever find yourself a little overbooked, wondering how  you can be at two or three places at once?  Well, that’s never happened to the oil industry. In 2009, the oil and gas industry had 782 lobbyists working the halls of Congress and the Obama administration, according to a recent analysis by OpenSecrets.org. That...
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9/14/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The way natural gas promoters talk about their pet fuel, you’d think it was green as clover and safe as baby oil. After the deadly San Bruno, California, gas line explosion, however, hawkers like natural gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens have gone silent. No more calls to action and pleas to phone your member of Congress to demand...
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9/7/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Mexico’s huge national oil company, Pemex, has shut down a large chunk of its natural gas fields because of the apparent kidnapping of dozens of employees and contract workers by drug gangs that are also stealing and selling oil and gas. It’s a situation increasingly similar to oilfield battles in Nigeria, where a corrupt...
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9/2/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
The new oil platform fire or explosion in the Gulf of Mexico looks minor in comparison to the BP spill, but there are sure some loud echoes in how it's being handled. When word first trickled out about Thusday's platform accident off the Louisiana coast, there were swift assurances from the owner that no oil had leaked, and since the platform...
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4/7/2010
Posted by Judy Dugan
Tucked away in some early reports about a possible GOP deal on creation of a stand-alone consumer protection agency is a hint of what could be traded away in exchange--tough regulation of the kind of speculative, unregulated financial trading that crashed the economy in the first place. The whole story is not much above gossip level yet. But Sen....
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11/4/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
A final batch of amendments to the big House of Representatives health reform bill pokes a few sharp sticks at insurance companies. It also changes the tax law on production of biofuels. Say again? For me, it's a hallelujah moment--health policy and energy policy in the same bill!  But it's still completely unrelated to the health bill--or...
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9/9/2009
Posted by Judy Dugan
The sex scandal du jour--California state Senator Mike Duvall, a "family-values conservative," boasting into an open mike during a hearing about his spanking, stamina and other exploits with two female lobbyists--ought to broaden focus. Duvall is political toast--apologized, resigned. But what about Sempra Energy, the employer of...