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"Miracle of American Oil": Continental Resources Courted Corporate Media to Sell Oil Exports

Read time: 7 mins

A document published by the Public Relations Society of America, discovered by DeSmog, reveals that from the onset of its public relations campaign, the oil industry courted mainstream media reporters to help it sell the idea of lifting the ban on crude oil exports to the American public and policymakers.

Calling its campaign the “Miracle of American Oil,” the successful PR effort to push for Congress and the White House to lift the oil exports ban was spearheaded by Continental Resources, a company known as the “King of the Bakken” shale oil basin and founded by Harold Hamm. Hamm served as energy advisor to 2012 Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

More dirty-coal plants coming to US despite global warming

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Virtually none of the new coal plants in coming years will be built to capture the thousands of tons of carbon dioxide burning coal belches into the atmosphere. A New York Times report says utility officials contend gasification is too expensive and pulverized-coal plants can always be adapted later for emissions. Technical experts are dubious.

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