Tag Archives: oil drilling

Shell delays Arctic oil drilling until next year

Aw, shucks. Big Oil (and its moneyed supporters in Congress) had to have been salivating over Shell’s push to sink a well in the Arctic Ocean. Too damn bad the first plans didn’t work out. Here’s a report.

Romney plan would expand oil drilling

Mitt is indeed a close buddy of Big Oil and polluters in general. The guy will say anything to get the big bucks needed to buy billboard space in all the so-called “swing” states. The GOP candidate is about as far from the world of real science as a politician could hope to get. Read about the friend of Big Oil.

Republicans: Drill-now-drill-everywhere legislation

The Republican members of Congress are clearly answerable only to Big Oil and Big Oil’s campaign contributions when it comes to what federal public lands and waters ought to be opened to rapacious oil drilling. Republicans have unveiled a drill-now-drill-everywhere bill to replace Obama’s sensible plan that would allow drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. Never mind the health of fish and wildlife populations and all that other “stuff.” Oil, let’s drill for it now, they say.

Conservation groups sue over Arctic drilling

Ten environmental advocacy groups filed suit in federal court in Alaska to try to force Shell and the Interior Department to take additional steps to protect the Arctic Ocean from oil spills. This article has the details.

Oil drilling in the Arctic: Don’t allow it, Mr. President

A careful read of this NY Times article on this subject contains one very glaring error: The Arctic Ocean is now nearly ice-free, and humans’ reliance on the fossil fuel known as petroleum (or oil, if you will) is a big part of the problem. Humans, especially, it seems, those who live in McMansionville of the suburbs, have forgotten how to walk. Hell, I regularly watched suburbanites in northeastern Pennsylvania get into their cars and drive a hundred yards to the end of their driveway just to grab the day’s postal mail from their rural mailbox. What a waste, and the president’s plan to continue dependence on oil by allowing drilling in the Arctic is a non-starter.

True Oil proposes drilling in Bridger-Teton National Forest

Better look now before it’s been industrialized.

New process to expedite drilling on public land

Politicians continue searching for every little nook and cranny they can en route to the trashing of public land in srvice to Big Oil. This article highlights the latest travesty.

Getting Arctic oil drilling right

The NY Times, in this editorial, gives its blessing – mostly – to offshore oil exploration along the north shore of Alaska. And the editorial presses for safety and planning and all that jazz. But there’s no talk of conservation, of finally allowing people to live in mixed-use communities where zoning allows them to live in apartments above grocery stores, as one example. And there is no talk in the editorial of what the car has done (and continues to do) to the American landscape and our natural heritage (as in exurban sprawl).

Debate on Everglades drilling revived by Bachmann

Ms. Congresswoman may be a rocket scientist in other areas of public debate, but she is lost in Outer Space when it comes to the Everglades (or any other national park unit). Maybe she’s on her way to Mars now, in hopes of determining that planet’s suitability for oil and gas exploration.

There are climat change deniers, and now subsidy deniers

I’d bet this dude takes his share of campaign contributions from Big Oil and Big Coal. I’ll have to look up that info, which is, of course, public domain.

We have a new kind of denier in DC — an oil subsidy denier.  Think Progress has the amazing story and video.

Earlier this year, the GOP voted in lockstep to extend billions in tax breaks to oil companies. The subsidies include special tax breaks only available to oil and gas companies. For instance, there is the “Intangible Drilling Costs” tax break ($7.8 billion over ten years); a deduction for “tertiary,” or enhanced oil recovery methods ($67 million over ten years); and the percentage depletion allowance for owners of oil wells ($10 billion over ten years).

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), a staunch ally of polluters and top recipient of oil industry campaign contributions, was asked last week at the Toole County Republican convention if he supports such tax breaks to big oil. An incredulous Bishop retorted that “there are no special subsidies or tax breaks for oil companies, period.” Rather, Bishop claimed that there is a media conspiracy to fool the public into believing in oil subsidies:

BISHOP: There’s no subsidies for oil companies, oil companies get the same tax breaks that every other business gets. There are no special subsidies or tax breaks for oil companies, period.

CONSTITUENT: Why is that reported in the newspapers and on the–

BISHOP: They liked to spin it that way. Any change in oil companies was to give them the same tax structure as as every other manufacturing business gets. There is nothing that is that special or new or unique for these oil companies. And there are a lot of people who want to throw that spin out there. It’s spin, it’s crap.

It is true that oil companies, like every major corporation, will reap a windfall from Republican-proposed reductions in the corporate tax rate. But Bishop and his party are also extending billions in subsidies only available to companies in the oil industry.

A few Republicans, like Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), are stepping up to defend targeted subsidies to big oil. But Bishop’s defense is perhaps the most novel. In the past, Bishop used climate change denial as a strategy to defend oil company pollution. Now, he’s apparently using subsidies-denial to defend taxpayer giveaways to the wildly profitable oil industry.

However, more and more Republican lawmakers are regretting, or in some cases, forgetting their vote. Rep. Dan Webster (R-FL) told us that he now thinks oil subsidies are “corporate welfare.” At a town hall last week, Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) said that oil subsidies should be “on the table” for elimination. And Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) now wants to vote to repeal them. Even GOP leadership, including Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and John Boehner (R-OH), have recently back pedaled support for tax breaks to the oil industry.