Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Abigail McKnight and Richard Reeves write about the gilded floor that prevents the wealthy from facing the realities lived by most people. Eric Levitz discusses how the Trump economy is producing plenty for the ultra-rich, but little but mediocrity for everybody else. And Michelle Styczynski points out that ...

350 or bust: “Exxon Hates America”

FINALLY: A TV ad that tells it like it is: EXXON HATES AMERICA (and Canada, too).  The ad, from green groups Oil Change International, The Other 98% and Environmental Action, is a follow-up to last year’s “Exxon Hates Your Children” video. * Go to http://ExxonHates.com if you want to see it on national television.

Cowichan Conversations: The Ukraine Crisis – It Is All About Control of Oil and Gas

Cold War propaganda has been ratcheted up considerably as the US continues its efforts to gain control and influence in the region that began a decade ago. Exxon, Shell and Chevron have invested heavily. Much of the western media has been unquestionably advancing the side of goodness and light ( the US interests) while focusing ...

Song of the Watermelon: Exxon’s Love for the Poor

At Exxon Mobil’s annual meeting in Dallas this week, shareholders rejected a motion to set greenhouse gas reduction targets for the firm. CEO Rex Tillerson argued that such an extreme measure would hurt the world’s poor, stating, “What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?” So begins, I expect, the newest form ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Primer on DilBit Spills in a Corporatist State

If you want an idea of what’s in store for British Columbia if Harper/Redford/Enbridge/Beijing et al manage to drive their pipelines through to the coast, you need only look to the most recent dilbit spill in Arkansas. AlterNet offers a handy summary, 6 Things You Need to Know About the Arkansas Oil Spill. ExxonMobil which ...

Canadian Progressive: No Kidding, Exxon Hates Your Children

Finally, a TV ad that tells it like it is: Exxon hates your children! That’s according to: Exxon Hates Your Children: “From As Congress debates what actions to take to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” perhaps no programs are less worthy of government support than those which subsidize Big Oil, Gas, and Coal. Read on to ...

350 or bust: Exxon Hates My Children, And Your’s Too

* If you think this ad should get on television, go to ExxonHatesYourChildren.com and donate some money (I did – and it brightened my day!).

Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Shame-The Alberta Tar Sands Revealed

This graphic video undresses the warm fuzzy PR spin advanced by the Oil Barons. They are more than willing to sacrifice northern Alberta for profits. It is worse, the greenhouse gas emissions make a lie out of any effort to be responsible. As a Canadian I am ashamed of what is being done. It is a monumental ...

DeSmogBlog: Fracking Industry Paying Off Scientists For "Unbiased" Safety Studies

science-and-money.jpg As a whole, Americans have an unfortunate tendency to distrust scientists. The number of those who distrust science and scientists is skewed heavily by ideology, with self-identified “conservatives” overwhelmingly saying that they don’t trust science. DeSmogBlog’s own Chris Mooney has spent an enormous amount of time and energy devoted to finding out why science ...

DeSmogBlog: Science Denial and Andrea Saul – Romney 2012 Campaign Spokesperson

andrea saul wide shot.JPG This is a guest post from Connor Gibson, originally published at PolluterWatch. A fully-footnoted version of this briefing is available for download from DocumentCloud.  INTRODUCTION:    Andrea Saul, a prominent Romney 2012 campaign operative and spokesperson, formerly worked for DCI Group, a Washington DC public affairs and lobbying firm. During this ...

DeSmogBlog: How Do You Spend $375 Million A Day? Ask The Oil Industry

oil-money.n.jpg The average U.S. household has seen both their net worth and their average income steadily decline over the last seven years. Unemployment in the United States still remains at uncomfortably high levels, and the poverty rate is about to reach highs that haven’t been seen since the 1960’s. But as average citizens are struggling ...

DeSmogBlog: Texas Refineries And Chemical Plants Releasing Tens Of Thousands Of Tons Of Pollution

gas-emissions_1.jpg A damning new report from the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reveals some startling information regarding pollution in the state of Texas. According to the report, oil refineries and chemical plants in the state are releasing tens of thousands of tons of pollution every year, without as much as a peep from state regulators or ...

DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments

Freedom_Works_Logo.gif The corporate funded, Libertarian/Conservative “think tank” FreedomWorks is doing their best to convince Americans that taxpayer-funded energy subsidies and loans are a waste of our resources. Of course, that doesn’t apply to the massive giveaways to the dirty energy industry, only to the federal loan programs established to invest in cleaner, renewable energy companies. ...

DeSmogBlog: Will Dismal Jobs Report Give New Life To Keystone XL Plan?

boehnerand pipelines.jpg While the debate over the Keystone XL pipeline might have disappeared from the front pages in the last few weeks, the battle is still raging. And a grim jobs report for the month of May might just be the catalyst that Keystone proponents have been looking for to renew their push for the ...

DeSmogBlog: Coal Ash Sites Posing Increasing Dangers To Water Supplies, Public Health

toxins-in-water.jpg The Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) has once again put together a fantastic report regarding water contamination near coal ash disposal sites. Last year, the EIP released several reports showing that drinking water near coal ash disposal sites in states across America contained dangerous levels of heavy metals and other toxins, including arsenic. In total, ...

DeSmogBlog: Dirty Energy Industry Front Groups Launch Misleading PR Blitz Against President Obama

gas price screenshot.jpg The American Energy Alliance (AEA) isn’t pulling any punches with their new advertising campaign, spending millions of dollars to air 45 million ad spots on Pandora Radio. They are attempting to hang the high cost of gasoline around the neck of President Obama, using a series of arguments that actually have nothing ...

DeSmogBlog: Institute for Energy Research Launches “Save Oil Tax Breaks” Offensive

IER.jpg In late March, Senate Republicans torpedoed an effort by Democrats to repeal the $4 billion a year that is flowing to the oil companies in the form of subsidies. The Obama Administration had proposed ending the subsidies so that this unnecessary money for the oil industry could instead be directed towards renewable energy projects ...

DeSmogBlog: U.S. Chamber Hits The Road To Promote "Oily" Highway Transportation Bill

us_chamber_of_commerce_0.jpg A bitter fight has erupted in Washington, D.C. in recent weeks surrounding the fate of a much-needed transportation and infrastructure bill. Congressional Democrats wanted to pass a bill that would fund projects to help rebuild roads and bridges, but Republicans were against the idea. So, in an attempt to get something more tangible out ...

DeSmogBlog: What We Didn’t Learn From The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

oil-rig.jpg Almost 20 months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. And to this day, the lessons we should have learned from that disaster remain completely ignored. In spite of an intense battle involving a moratorium on deep water oil drilling ...

DeSmogBlog: The Year In Dirty Energy: Money, Corruption, And Misinformation

Handcuffed_to_Money.jpg It is said that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That statement has proven itself true time after time in both politics and business, but I would like to amend that statement slightly: Power corrupts, but money and power corrupt absolutely. This year has been no different. We’ve seen unprecedented amounts of money ...

350 or bust: McKibbon: The Sky Does Not Belong To Exxon

Bill McKibbon addressed the crowd gathered in Washington Square this past Saturday as part of “Occupy Washington”. Here is the text of his speech, thanks to the crew over at It’s Getting Hot in Here: Today in the New York Times there was a story that made it completely clear why we have to be ...

DeSmogBlog: BP Oil Dispersant Corexit Contained Cancer-Causing Agents

dispersant-application1.jpg A new report on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster of 2010 is providing adequate cause for concern for residents and clean up workers along the Gulf Coast. The report from EarthJustice reveals that Corexit, the oil dispersant used by BP to aid in oil cleanup, is laden with cancer-causing chemicals. The dispersant Corexit was dumped into ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Meet Marlo Lewis: The Dirty Energy Industry’s Best Friend

marlo lewis.jpg When polluters needs someone to write an industry-friendly article, or make an appearance in the media to argue against the science of climate change, they often turn to a man named Marlo Lewis. A senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), Marlo has been on the front lines of the energy industry’s ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Death Of A Talking Point? Regulations Actually Create Jobs

regulations.jpg For years, the Republican Party in America has been on a crusade against what they call “job killing regulations.” A quick Google search for the phrase “job killing regulations” returns 368,000 results – many from official Republican Party sources and some others attempting to debunk this talking point. The phrase “Job killing regulations” has ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Koch Brothers And ExxonMobil Join Forces To Fight RGGI With Copy-Paste State Legislation

copy-and-paste.jpg As we’ve reported over and over again, the popular and successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and other regional climate agreements are under attack from polluters. Today, a bombshell report by Bloomberg News makes it undeniably clear who is leading the attack, and paints an ugly picture of collusion, influence, and state legislators deep ...