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Wed, 2008-09-17 09:19Richard Littlemore
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Big Government: Darn Handy in a Crisis

Slavish devotees to the free market must be mourning the news today as the U.S. government steps in to rescue the insurance giant AIG and (we're still hoping) to forestall a worldwide financial crisis.

This is what government does: it saves us from ourselves and from disasters we cannot anticipate. Good governments try to get ahead of that curve, setting policies and regulations that prevent totally stupid or predictable crises. I think its fair to say that this event suggests that good government has, recently, been in short supply.

Mon, 2008-07-28 13:09Kevin Grandia
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Is ExxonMobil following you on Twitter?

Seems even ExxonMobil is catching the micro-blogging fever on Twitter.

Julie a “Community Evengilist at ExxonMobil Corp.” writes:

Hi there, I'm Janet, one of a few Community Evengilist at ExxonMobil Corp. I'm here to answer any of questions from this twitter community.”

Thu, 2008-05-29 11:42Page van der Linden
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ExxonMobil Still the Bull in the Climate Shop

He was going to be smooth. Polished. Charming. The new face of ExxonMobil, presented to us back in March 2006:

“We recognize that climate change is a serious issue,” Mr. Tillerson said during a 50-minute interview last week, pointing to a recent company report that acknowledged the link between the consumption of fossil fuels and rising global temperatures. “We recognize that greenhouse gas emissions are one of the factors affecting climate change.”

That image completely fell apart at a news conference yesterday.

Wed, 2007-07-11 07:21Richard Littlemore
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An Astroturf group primer

Here , in a terse 219 words, is everything you need to know about Tom Harris , the Natural Resources Stewardship Project, the origin of fake grassroots organizations and the involvement of big oil. Nice one Jenny Carter.
Tue, 2007-06-19 14:22Emily Murgatroyd
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Viva Vivoleum

Well known culture jammers, the Yes Men, who practice what they call 'identity correction' by posing as representatives of well-known corporations and organizations and making outrageous comments on their behalf, pulled off their latest installation of genius at the Oil and Gas Exposition 2007 in Calgary.

Posing as members of the National Petroleum Council, they unveiled Vivoleum, an oil product derived from dead victims of global warming disasters.

We don't have any video from the event yet, but here's a photo slideshow we found on Flickr.  

Read more: Viva Vivoleum
Tue, 2007-06-19 13:51Kevin Grandia
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ExxonMobil slowly shedding its "skeptical" skin

ExxonMobil's chief spokesman, Kenneth Cohen recently stated that, “Exxon Mobil Corp. never in the past decade doubted the risk from climate change… [and] had simply firmed up, or “evolved,” its understanding of the threat.”

If by firming up the science, Cohen means spending an estimated $23 million on think tanks and associations that have spent the better part of the last decade attacking the scientific evidence for human-induced global warming, then we couldn't agree more.

Thu, 2007-05-31 06:45Ross Gelbspan
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Rex, We Know About 3,000 Scientists You Might Ask

ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson continued his company's history of questioning the causes of climate change. Talking to shareholders, Tillerson said: “We don't have a difference of views that it's an important issue. We have differences about what we know and what we don't know.”
Thu, 2007-05-17 21:03Ross Gelbspan
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eXXon caught with fingers crossed, new report

Despite ExxonMobil's denials, a report released today by Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets.org project, reveals that the largest oil company in the world continues to spend millions on a stealth public relations campaign aimed at discrediting global warming science.

According to the report, Exxon provided $2.1 million in 2006 to 41 “think” tanks and associations that actively sow doubt about the realities of climate change. Since 1998, ExxonMobil has spent a staggering $23 million on this climate disinformation.

Tue, 2007-04-03 17:36Richard Littlemore
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EPA Decision Repudiates White House Position

A memo leaked exclusively to the DeSmogBlog demostrates how completely the U.S. Supreme Court decision forcing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions is a repudiation of the Bush administration's position.

The leaked memo is drafted by none other than former White House advisor and current ExxonMobil employee, Phil Cooney , and bears the title: “Whether API [American Petroleum Institute] shouldseek to coordinate a multi-industry, trade group response to petition for EPA rulemaking of four greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.”

Wed, 2007-01-17 09:21Richard Littlemore
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National Post Heralds Another Denier

“With the evolution of megacities, we now seem to feel that we are powerful enough to change the environment at our whim.”

Dr. Fred Michel in the National Post

The problem of climate change is not one of changing the environment “at our whim;” the problem is that we have been changing it inadvertently. Which means the question is not whether we are powerful enough to affect the environment around us…

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