Big Oil

Click here if you agree, it’s time to Ban the bomb trains for good!**UPDATE – Another bomb train went off the tracks and burned into the night in Illinois. No injuries were reported, but six families had to be evacuated and the spill occurred near the Mississippi River and may have major impacts on water quality and local wildlife. […]

Yes, we’re serious. Mostly.In case you didn’t see it, last week Senator James Inhofe turned the Senate floor into an episode of the Marx Brothers. In his latest attempt to convince us that climate change is, in his words, “The Greatest Hoax” the senator tossed a snowball on the Senate floor. He thought it was a funny way to “prove” […]

UPDATE: The Senate has passed the shutdown deal, with the House set to follow suit later tonight, reopening the government and avoiding default. The Republicans, however, were defiant right up to the end, claiming the government shutdown wasn't completely a bad thing. Why? Because it disabled the EPA. This attempt at humor inlcluded such pearls of wisdom as  giving the […]

We know fracking is bad for our climate, our air, our land, and our water. But what if it's bad for business too? Like a lot of us, I tend to assume that the Big Gas companies who are focused on drilling are doing so because they stand to unearth a giant underground lake of money. I forget that if anything, […]

Remember the good old days when, whatever else Congress did with it's time, you could count on its members to at least haggle, debate and eventually approve a spending plan for the $3.8 trillion of our money they spend every year? But lately, Congress hasn't been able to agree on anything — including how to keep their own lights on.  Republican […]

As with so many other issues, Congressional Republicans are fighting Obama's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency by using committee rules to slow down the process. Essentially unable to stop action that would protect the planet but hurt their Big Oil and King Coal pay-masters, GOP senators have staged a boycott of, well, governing — rather than allow proven […]

 Big Oil not only gets more than $10 billion each year in taxpayer subsidies, it has a special tax loophole that lets its get away with importing dirty tar sands oil without paying taxes on it, leaving the government's oil spill disaster fund high and dry. Thanks to two members of Congress, we've learned that in 2011, the IRS ruled that […]

If you want to save the planet, it pays to care about the budget. That's the message you helped send to Congress in the last two weeks.Together, more than 100,000 of us have signed, emailed and called on our elected leaders to the Billion Dollar Big Oil Bonanza. And it has made a huge difference. Check out the video report-back we put together […]

As Americans push their state lawmakers to increase the use of green energy sources, the oil industry is not politely stepping aside to allow a transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy sources like wind and solar power. In state legislatures across the nation, the American Legislative Exchange Council — the top front group representing polluters like the oil industry […]

I have great news — Shell Oil announced Wednesday it will not resume its oil drilling efforts in the Arctic until at least 2014.* While this is not a promise to drop its goal of putting oil platforms in the wild, remote Arctic, it is an admission by Shell that their plans are fraught with problems.  It […]