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Big Oil Being Grilled by US Select Committee

Top oil executives are under the gun today in a Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming hearing titled “Drilling for Answers: Oil Company Profits, Runaway Prices and the Pursuit of Alternatives.”

You can watch it live here. The questions are very sweeping, everything from peak oil to health benefits for employees to alternative energy investment to rising gas prices.

Gore kick starts sweeping program to slash U.S. carbon emissions

Al Gore has announced a multi-million dollar campaign urging the U.S. to slash greenhouse emissions. The effort by the Alliance for Climate Protection will combine advertising, online organizing and partnerships with grass-roots groups to educate the public about climate change and press politicians for solutions.

The movement crosses political boundaries, with several one-time opponents coming together in their bid to protect the planet from global warming.

Day 2: Riding the Rails to Climate Change Bootcamp with Al Gore

Tracking "Americans for Balanced Energy Choices" and "Clean Coal" across the United States

Call it “Geo-blogging,” if you'd like.

Here's an interactive Google Map we've started to keep track of the PR, advertising and lobbying efforts being undertaken by “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices,” (ABEC) as they spend a reported $40 million on behalf of the coal industry to sell the virtues of “clean coal” in the run-up to the 2008 Presidential election.

If you would like to contribute to the map or have information on ABEC activities in your region, please drop us an email at: desmogblog [at] gmail.com and we'll add your entry.


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