Category Archives: petroleum

BP banned from government contracts in U.S.

The Environmental Protection Agency took the action of barring the petroleum giant from doing any contractual bidness with the U.s. in light of the Big Oil company’s dismal record. You can read all about the EPA’s action right here.

Oil drilling off the coast of Virginia?

Sure, sure. Let’s despoil Virginia Beach, the Eastern Shore, more, more. A few million tar balls? No problem. Just pretend they don’t exist. And, best of all, we can keep motoring. Walking? Are you kidding? Read a nice letter to the editor on this whole notion.

When it comes to ‘energy,’ politicians can’t see through the smog

The energy world portrayed in the debates – one in which coal is ‘clean’ and oil and gas companies will lead the US to a new era of energy abundance – is an illusion carefully crafted by the fossil fuel industry. Oh, and be sure and look over the muddy filth contained in the photograph accompanying this feature-length article from today’s Christian Science Monitor. That, my friends, is what is happening to our natural heritage, in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

Yes, new Gulf ‘oil spill is BP’s petroleum

Tests performed on Thursday confirmed that the oil found on the Louisiana shoreline after Hurricane Isaac was in fact from the BP spill in 2010. This piece offers some details.

Greenpeace activists climb Russian oil rig in Arctic Ocean

Activists scaled the side of an oil-drilling platform in the Arctic Ocean, suspended themselves on ropes and unfurled a banner that said “Save the Arctic” as workers above sprayed cold water on them.

Don’t governmental leaders fathom the “why” behind protests like this? Seems pretty damn easy to me. Read more.

RThe politics of climate change

This outstanding paper, co-authored by conservationist George Wuerthner, is made available courtesy of the Rewilding Institute, which is run, in part, by conservationist Dave Foreman.

New Englanders take stand against Trailbreaker Pipeline and dirty tar sands oil

Here’s a nice recap of the day’s events regarding the proposed pipeline route across northern New  England. One debacle after debacle, IMO.

Alarm sounded: Possible tar sands pipeline would cross New England

The friends/allies of Big Oil just won’t take no for an answer. Having been told no in Nebraska and the upper Midwest, now they’ve got their boardroom targets set on  running a pipeline across northern New England. That includes Vermont where I now sit. Read about the looming debacle in this.

Big Oil wins more taxpayer dollars, thanks to House

Republicans in the House apparently enjoy the hell out of kissing the ass of Big Oil. How else to explain the action described in this article?

A well-oiled machine: ExxonMobil

This piece from the NY Times takes a god look at a new corporate history book about the Big Oil king and its political influence. Now remember this: No business, including ExxonMobil, or moneyed individual gives money to a political campaign just to be nice. Nosiree. That financial gift comes with strings, such as “vote my way,” not the “right way.