Category: Energy

Obama’s Arctic Adventure – Michael Klare commentary

Michael Klare, professor of peace and world security studies at Hampshire College, (my alma mater for full disclosure), has written extensively about the geopolitics of oil, the quest for “extreme energy”, exploring to the ends

Alabama Power: No Public Oversight, No Plan, No Relief in Sight

What happens when a politically powerful utility is allowed to spend its customers’ money without any public accountability for over thirty years? In Alabama, billions went to upgrade coal-fired power plants that are approaching –

Big Oil Paid Edelman and FleishmanHillard Over $400 Million Since 2008

The Center for Public Integrity has just released a report compiling spending by industry trade associations on public relations over the past decade or so.  The report, titled Who needs lobbyists?  See what big business

Edelman fired by TransCanada After Leaked Energy East Plan

Edelman’s Statement is a little bit different from TransCanada’s… Edelman NewsWire press release http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1453435/edelman-and-transcanada-agree-to-end-collaboration-on-the-energy-east-pipeline-project Edelman and TransCanada agree to end collaboration on the Energy East Pipeline project TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2014 /CNW/ – Over the last week,

Leaked Documents: Secret Edelman PR Plan for TransCanada Pipeline Revealed

The gig is up…someone spilled the beans on Edelman’s work for Transcanada on the Energy East pipeline.  Documents leaked to Greenpeace and revealed today by the New York Times, Vice Motherboard, Huffington Post, Guardian and

Flacking Cancer, Flacking Coal – The Public Relations Industry, Tobacco and Climate Change

by Dan Zegart, author of Civil Warriors I remember when it was tobacco that desperately needed an emergency public relations rescue, the way fossil fuels do now. There are certain kinds of companies you don’t

Department of Interior Opens Atlantic Coast to Oil Exploration, Politicians Open Wallets to Donations

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced on Friday, July 18, that it would begin considering applications for permits to conduct geological testing for oil-and-gas (O&G) reserves in federal waters

Breakthrough Institute’s Pielke in a Pickle

Roger Pielke is in a pickle. He recently got hired as a blogger on FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver’s new data driven news website.  And he immediately got FiveThirtyEight a lot of heat.  Will they even let

Is America an Energy Superpower or Energy Colony?

This week the Hill hosted several hearings organized to push for “energy exports” as a geopolitical weapon. We see this as the oil industry using the crisis in Ukraine and Crimea to get what they