Big Oil celebrates Trump’s goal to open up drilling in national parks

January 13, 2017 by  
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How should the government best manage America’s national parks ? It’s a question that has provoked debate for years, and President-elect Donald Trump ‘s pro- fossil fuel campaign pledges have ignited even more controversy. As he will be inaugurated later this month, oil industry members expressed delight at the potential of more leases to drill or mine the vast amounts of oil , coal, natural gas, and uranium hiding on those contentious federal lands. During President Obama ‘s time in office, the number of leases for mining and drilling stagnated, but Trump promised to “unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves” and might be able accomplish that through new leases to drill for fossil fuel companies. Big Oil is thrilled with that goal; American Petroleum Institute CEO Jack Gerard told Reuters, “This opportunity is unique, maybe once in a lifetime.” Related: Obama creates two new western national monuments in last minute effort During his campaign, Trump said Obama denied “millions of Americans access to the energy wealth sitting under our feet,” in part by restricting leases. Some people agree with him, such as former U.S. Bureau of Land Management officer Bob Turri who lives amidst a federal forest in Utah and told Reuters, “We can’t maintain our families here because there are no jobs. That’s the only hope we have left, is what Trump may be able to do for us.” Federal land oil output accounted for around one fifth of the country’s total oil output in 2015, according to Reuters, after comprising over one third of oil output in 2010. In a late November blog post , the Trump-Pence Transition Team said, “Rather than continuing the current path to undermine and block America’s fossil fuel reserves, the Trump Administration will encourage the production of these resources by opening onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands and waters.” In the very same post they said they plan to conserve “our wonderful natural resources and beautiful natural habitats.” If they’re actually committed to the latter promise as they claim, perhaps they should take a closer look at the havoc drilling has wreaked on the environment in the past . Via Reuters and EcoWatch Images via brewbooks on Flickr ( 1 , 2 )

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The oil industry knew about dangerous climate change in the 1960s

April 14, 2016 by  
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It turns out the oil industry has known about climate change for decades. The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) republished a 1968 document written by two scientists at the Stanford Research Institute. The study presented to the American Petroleum Institute detailed the environmental dangers associated with burning fossil fuels , but, as we all know by now, the industry chose to keep those dangers to themselves. Read the rest of The oil industry knew about dangerous climate change in the 1960s

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Climate denier David Koch steps down from New York science museum board

January 25, 2016 by  
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David Koch has left his seat on the board of directors of the American Museum of Natural History . Climate scientists have been calling for the conservative oil billionaire to get his fingers out of science museums, and people are celebrating Koch’s resignation as a victory. In 23 years on the board, Koch has made over $20 million in donations, and has dinosaur halls named after him, but he and his brother have also reportedly given over $70 million to organizations that attempt to refute climate studies. Read the rest of Climate denier David Koch steps down from New York science museum board

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Jeb Bush meets with coal industry barons in private, press-free forum

June 1, 2015 by  
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Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is meeting with coal bigwigs this week in a closed forum where he will deliver the keynote speech and meet with potential donors. The Coal & Investment Leadership Forum in Bristol, Virginia is off-limits to the press, but the invite-only, $7,500-per-ticket event gathers key figures in the fossil-fuel industry and grants them intimate access to the presidential hopeful. Started on Sunday and continuing through Tuesday, the Forum comes at a key moment for both Bush, who hopes to break through in a historically crowded Republican primary , and the coal industry, which is facing its biggest challenge yet from the Obama Administration. Read the rest of Jeb Bush meets with coal industry barons in private, press-free forum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2016 election , big coal , Climate Change , coal , coal industry , fossil fuel industry , fossil fuels , gop , jeb bush , politics , Republican Party , republican primary

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UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future

April 4, 2014 by  
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On the heels of the IPCC ‘s landmark global warming report , UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres is calling on the oil and gas industry to urgently transform for a cleaner, low-carbon future. Figueres stated that in order to prevent global temperatures from rising a catastrophic 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial times, three quarters of the world’s fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground. Read the rest of UN Climate Chief Calls for ‘Urgent Transformation’ of Oil and Gas Industry for a Greener Future Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bill McKibben , Christiana Figueres , Climate Change , exxon mobil , fossil fuel divestment , fossil fuel industry , global warming , International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association , IPCC , oil and gas industry , UN        

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San Francisco Board Passes Resolution to Divest $583 Million from the Fossil Fuel Industry

April 24, 2013 by  
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San Francisco’s board of supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to divest $583 million from the fossil fuel industry. The resolution will move funds from the San Francisco Employee Retirement System (SFERS) , which currently invests in 91 out of 200 fossil fuel corporations, and will deliver a huge blow to companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell Oil. After an extensive campaign led by 350.org that has spread to over 100 cities and 300 college campuses across the United States, San Francisco’s board of supervisors has voted to make their city the third, after Ithaca and Seattle, to stop funding the fossil fuel industry once and for all. Read the rest of San Francisco Board Passes Resolution to Divest $583 Million from the Fossil Fuel Industry Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3rd city to divest from fossil fuels , activism , Bill McKibben , California , Climate Change , divestment , Environment , fossil fuel industry , global warming , go fossil free campaign , investment , money , News , San Francisco , San Francisco Board of Supervisors , SFERS        

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