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Pruitt, Zinke move through revolving door from government to industry – ThinkProgress
The revolving door between the Trump administration and the industries it is meant to regulate is whirring on, with the former heads of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Interior Department (DOI) now actively employed in efforts including fossil fuel lobbying and consulting for a mining corporation.
2019-04  politics  corruption  gop  environment  BigOil 
12 weeks ago by Weaverbird
How Google, Microsoft, and Big Tech Are Automating the Climate Crisis
In a deal that made few ripples outside the energy industry, two very large but relatively obscure companies, Rockwell Automation and Schlumberger Limited, announced a joint venture called Sensia. The new company will “sell equipment and services to advance digital technology and automation in the oilfield,” according to the Houston Chronicle. Yet the partnership has ramifications far beyond Houston’s energy corridor: It’s part of a growing trend that sees major tech companies teaming with oil giants to use automation, AI, and big data services to enhance oil exploration, extraction, and production.
2019-02  climate_change  tech  BigOil  google  environment  hypocrisy 
march 2019 by Weaverbird
RT : In 2009/10, the Koch brothers, , and others spent a fortune to kill climate change legislation.

They will…
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february 2019 by jrosenau
U.S. top court rejects Exxon in climate change document ...
Ruling clears the way for Massachusetts attorney general to obtain records from Exxon Mobil to probe whether it concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play in climate change
climate_change  BigOil  law  environment 
january 2019 by Weaverbird
LAMAR SMITH: A ranch, an oil field, and a career colored by skepticism -- Friday, December 21, 2018 --
An E&E News examination found that the retiring congressman raised millions of dollars through his family's ranch. As fossil fuels were being removed from his Texas lands, Smith was making a name for himself as a sharp skeptic of climate science. He followed a different path from mainstream researchers as chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, whittling away at the consensus among experts that humans are making the Earth warmer.
2018-12  congress  gop  BigOil  corruption  anti-science  climate_change 
december 2018 by Weaverbird
Embattled interior secretary Ryan Zinke steps down after series of scandals | US news | The Guardian
“Zinke’s days of plundering our lands and enriching himself and his friends are over,” said Nicole Ghio, senior fossil fuels program manager for Friends of the Earth.

“With an average of nearly one federal investigation opened into his conduct in office per month, Zinke’s highly questionable ethics have finally caught up with him. Now, he is just another name on Trump’s list of disgraced cabinet officials, which the Republican-led Congress has failed to hold accountable.”
2018-12  government  corruption  environment  BigOil 
december 2018 by Weaverbird
A devastating report details a ‘monumental’ assault on science at the Department of the Interior - Los Angeles Times
Among the up-is-down, night-is-day practices of the Trump administration, one of the most dangerous and disturbing is its habit of turning America’s leading science agencies into hives of anti-science policymaking.

A new report lays out how this has produced a “monumental disaster” for science at the Department of the Interior. The report by the Union of Concerned Scientists details how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his minions have in the space of two years turned Interior from a steward of public lands and natural resources into a front for the mining and oil and gas industries.

“The intent in rolling back the consideration of science in decision-making is always to progress the development of fossil fuel interests,” Jacob Carter of the union’s center for science and democracy and lead author of the report told me.
2018-12  environment  government  corruption  anti-science  BigOil 
december 2018 by Weaverbird
RT : is spending record amounts this election to try to buy your vote through lies and deception. We need to cle…
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october 2018 by yakshaving
Shell and Exxon's secret 1980s climate change warnings | Benjamin Franta | Environment | The Guardian
Newly found documents from the 1980s show that fossil fuel companies privately predicted the global damage that would be caused by their products.
2018-09  BigOil  climate_change  science  corruption  evil  environment  pollution 
september 2018 by Weaverbird
Greenpeace protesters abseil into oil firm Total's AGM

To protest p…
BigOil  ClimateAction  from twitter_favs
june 2018 by gyaresu
The spectacular cynicism behind Trudeau's pipeline morass - iPolitics
The electoral brilliance of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party approach to pipelines lies in its simplicity: we can at once protect the environment and harvest our landlocked, carbon-heavy oil and pipe it to the coast, to be sold and burned at great profit.

The abject hypocrisy in this approach — claiming environmental stewardship while enabling environmental degradation — is plain. And for the purposes of gaining political power, it is completely inconsequential. Therein lies the brilliance of the approach: it indulges a voter’s cognitive dissonance, convincing him that he can be pro-environment without acknowledging the sacrifices necessary to ensure its long-term survival.
Canada  politics  environment  BigOil  hypocrisy 
may 2018 by Weaverbird
The Koch Brothers vs. God
The fossil fuel lobby preached its gospel in Virginia. Now, black churches are fighting back.
2018-03  koch  BigOil  money  power  corruption  longform 
march 2018 by Weaverbird
Judge: Trump Admin. Must Consider Climate Change in Major Drilling and Mining Lease Plan | InsideClimate News
The plan covers 15 million acres in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming. The ruling on it is the latest to cite risks of fossil fuels and global warming.
2018-03  climate_change  BigOil 
march 2018 by Weaverbird
New York City plans to divest $5bn from fossil fuels and sue oil companies | US news | The Guardian
Mayor Bill de Blasio: ‘It’s up to the fossil fuel companies whose greed put us in this position to shoulder the cost of making New York safer and more resilient’
2018-01  BigOil 
january 2018 by Weaverbird

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