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Sacramento Bee: Koch brothers are spending big to gut California's clean air law

  • Posted on: 17 September 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

After Valero and Koch donate millions, NPRA president begs for more money to fight Prop 23

  • Posted on: 17 September 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Despite obtaining over $4 million from Valero, $1.5 million from Tesoro and $1 million from Koch Industries subsidiary Flint Hills Resources, the president of the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association sent out a plea, literally, for more money to undermine California's legislative effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions and implement more clean energy.

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Valero, Koch Industries fund fight against California clean energy and climate legislation

  • Posted on: 16 September 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Valero Energy and Koch Industries subsidiary Flint Hills, neither of which are based in California, have invested millions in the industry attempt to suspend California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32).  Texas-based Tesoro Corporation, another oil refiner, is also heavily invested in the fight.

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API threatens economic consequences if offshore drillers are held accountable

  • Posted on: 15 September 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Proposed Energy Legislation Could Hurt the American Economy

In typical form, Jack Gerard of the American Petroleum Institute released a video claiming that holding oil companies accountable during offshore drilling operations and after oil spills will have the usual dire economic consequences: job loss, higher taxes, and "driving small-and mid-sized firms out of business and shutting down access to domestic energy resources."

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P.I. firm hired by Chevron offers journalist spy position in Ecuador lawsuit

  • Posted on: 10 September 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

Chevron had serious Gulf blowout in 2008

  • Posted on: 10 September 2010
  • By: Connor Gibson

 

"A 2008 Chevron blowout appears in hindsight to have been a rehearsal for Deepwater Horizon and its design problems. Like BP, Chevron was in the final stages of drilling a well aboard Transocean rig Discoverer Deep Seas. Because of the blowout, drillers lost 500,000 gallons of drilling mud into the earth below the wellhead, and spilled 293 gallons onto the ocean floor."

Full article: "Deadly Gulf blowouts persist"

-Houston Chronicle, July 20, 2010

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