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Obama's State of the Union speech riddled with oil industry talking points

  • Posted on: 30 January 2014
  • By: JesseColeman

Test your BS meter with this one question quiz:

Which part of Obama's State of the Union was written by the oil industry?

a) “America is closer to energy independence than we’ve been in decades”
b) “natural gas – if extracted safely, it’s the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.”
c) fracking for oil and gas can be "sustainable"
d) all of the above

The answer is literally, "all of the above."

During his State of The Union speech, President Obama said:

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Senator Inhofe gloats over Google funding, raises money off protests

  • Posted on: 17 July 2013
  • By: JesseColeman

James Inhofe, the Senator from Oklahoma, is one of the most outspoken and bombastic deniers of climate change and attackers of science, bar none. He tried to criminally investigate 17 climate scientists whose emails were hacked and leaked. He "wrote" a "book" called The Greatest Hoax, about climate change. He compares the EPA to the Gestapo.

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Tea Party ties to Koch Brothers Ignored by Media in IRS Scandal

  • Posted on: 29 May 2013
  • By: JesseColeman

Peabody Energy dumps retirees in to company "created to fail," then cuts their pensions and benifits

  • Posted on: 25 March 2013
  • By: JesseColeman

Peabody Energy, the largest coal company in the US and one of the largest in the world, is once again embroiled in controversy over shady treatment of employees. In 2007, Peabody Energy created Patriot Coal, a spin-off company comprised of Peabody’s eastern US mines. According to lawsuits involving the United Mine Workers (UMW), Patriot was formed as a place to stash union mines in West Virginia and the Midwest, along with the significant pension and health-care obligations that these eastern mines held.

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The Keystone XL Coverup: The State Department's Attempt to Hide Oil Industry Connections

  • Posted on: 21 March 2013
  • By: JesseColeman

Climate Science Denier Chris Stewart now Head of Congressional Committee on Climate Science

  • Posted on: 20 March 2013
  • By: JesseColeman

Dubious LNG exports study was conducted in secret by contractor with ties to coal and oil industries

  • Posted on: 7 January 2013
  • By: JesseColeman

A study on the economic effects of exporting gas fracked in the US has opened the door for what Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Congressman Edward Markey (D-MA) have called “a transfer of wealth from consumers to oil and gas companies.”

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Coal front group ACCCE launches ad campaign ahead of presidential debates

  • Posted on: 3 October 2012
  • By: JesseColeman

When Frackers Write the Laws, Everyone Loses

  • Posted on: 11 July 2012
  • By: JesseColeman

Andrew Cuomo

When the oil and gas industry gets to write the rules supposed to govern them, public health and the public good are left by the wayside. Unfortunately that is exactly what is happening with the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in New York and other states.

The Fracking Industry's Attack on Colorado Democracy Revealed

  • Posted on: 4 August 2016
  • By: JesseColeman

Pencil hired by KAren Crummy of Cred

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a pawn in the oil and gas industry’s political ambitions? This pencil, hired by oil and gas front group Protect Colorado, summed it up:

"It feels like shit to fucking wear this thing, but it’s 25 bucks an hour."

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