Big Oil to Obama: "Over Our Dead Bodies!"

Wed, 2009-04-08 07:41Ross Gelbspan
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Big Oil to Obama: "Over Our Dead Bodies!"

The Obama administration wants to reduce oil consumption, increase renewable energy supplies and cut carbon dioxide emissions in the most ambitious transformation of energy policy in a generation. But even as Washington goes into a frenzy over energy, many of the oil companies are staying on the sidelines, balking at investing in new technologies favored by the president, or even straying from commitments they had already made.

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