2011-06-29

Our weekly update to unravel the industry and political spin around the energy debate


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

ON THE ROSY SIDE OF SHALE GAS
This week, The New York Times uncovered serious skepticism within the Energy Information Administration (EIA) about the actual potential for shale gas development in the United States. In one internal email, a staffer described an EIA shale gas primer written by a group with industry ties as “on the rosy side.”

THE BLUNDERING BISHOP
ThinkProgress has Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT-1) on tape admitting that Big Oil had received “special giveaways.” A historical denier of the existence oil subsidies, who has coincidentally thousands in Big Oil campaign contributions, Bishop raked in a handsome $19,750 during the 2010 election cycle. We wonder if he gives refunds.

FRESH TOWEL JUSTICE SCALIA?
Over the weekend, oil billionaires and shadowy powerhouses Charles and David Koch collected the usual cast of ultra-conservatives at their semi-annual retreat in Vail, Colorado to decide where they will funnel millions of dollars to influence Congress. Similar events in the past have attracted talking heads, politicians and Supreme Court Justices. Read about the Common Cause and ProgressNow Colorado protest first mentioned in the Los Angeles Times and reported in the local .

TURNS OUT THE DRILLING INDUSTRY IS DOING JUST FINE
Headwaters Economics published a new report last week suggesting that “Obama administration regulations and land-use policies have not hampered onshore oil and gas development.” This dispels the faulty – and often fact-free –  rhetoric that Big Oil and right-leaning politicians have been using for the past six months. E&E News has the .


DID YOU KNOW?

BREAKING: OIL EXECUTIVES GET PAID A LOT
A of American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard showcased what appears to be a difficult road ahead to repair Big Oil’s tainted image. In fact, his industry’s reputation may be tougher to clean than a dolphin near BP’s Deep Horizon rig. With the hard-earned money Americans are spending at the pump, Jack rakes in  to find new ways to spin.


COMING UP THIS WEEK

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Yesterday, LCV launched a new targeting Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI-1) for his conflict of interest with Big Oil. A investigation revealed that Rep. Ryan, his wife and father-in-law have made hundreds of thousands off the oil companies whose tax breaks he continues to support.


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