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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2014, 02:57:11 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: The fossil Fuelers DOING WHAT THEY DO --> see Orwell, Karl Rove tactics and also pots and kettles, etc.   
 

11/07/2014 02:53 PM     
Conservatives Take Aim at Wind Production Tax Credit, Once Again  >:(

SustainableBusiness.com News

Republicans are moving quickly on their first agenda items, starting with ensuring the Production Tax Credit (PTC) - so critical to the wind industry - doesn't get renewed.

The industry is simply too successful and they want it to go away, as well as state Renewable Portfolio Standards that support it.
 
 After Republicans filibustered a bill this spring, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised to get it to the floor after the midterm elections, and he plans to introduce a Tax-Extenders bill next week, which includes the PTC.   

After its strongest year ever in 2012 with 13.2 gigawatts (GW) installed, the US wind industry struggled through 2013 after the PTC expired - with a mere 2.8 GW of projects. 

"Efforts to renew these incentives are being blocked by Republicans in Congress," says Reid. "Letting these critical incentives expire is not an option. Tax incentives level the playing field for energy, they help make renewables more affordable for consumers and more attractive to investors."

 But that goes against fossil fuel interests, who say the exact opposite: The wind tax credit "restricts access to affordable energy" and "hides the true cost of wind power."  


Conservatives line up against the PTC


Using the headline, Nationwide Coalition Urges Congress to End Wind Welfare   ;)  ;D, 66 organizations sent a letter to Republican leaders of both houses, making it clear the PTC should not be renewed. It is signed by groups like Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, Club for Growth, Heritage Action for America and Competitive Enterprise Institute.


Agelbert NOTE: 66 Organizations? I think they left out one "6".  ;D  But then "666" would have been a bit obvious... 


Here's an excerpt: Agelbert NOTE: Grab your barf bag before reading.  ;D

 "The PTC is a key part of President Obama and Majority Leader Reid's attack on affordable energy from natural gas, coal, and nuclear."   

 "Rejecting efforts to extend the PTC is a meaningful way  for this Congress to oppose the President's climate plan.

 "Extending the PTC restricts Americans' access to affordable and reliable energy.  The PTC harms Americans in two important ways: it hides the true cost of wind power and encourages states to keep expensive wind power mandates. This makes it easier for the President to promote his restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants because the PTC hides the true costs from ratepayers.   

The PTC enables wind operators to use the tax code to engage in predatory pricing  against reliable  and affordable nuclear, coal, and natural gas power plants.    The PTC is such a large subsidy that industrial wind facilities can actually pay the electrical grid to take their electricity and still make money. This predatory pricing is designed to drive nuclear, coal, and natural gas generators out of business and it is only profitable because of the PTC." 

 


PTC Extension

Harry Reid wants the PTC renewed retroactively and is proposing a 2-year extension.

 As many of you know, the PTC has been on-again, off-again, providing an uncertain climate for growth of the wind industry.   

As part of the "fiscal cliff" deal, the PTC was renewed for 2013, and now the industry is struggling to get it through yet again.

 Luckily, in the last go-round, the rules were changed so that projects just had to be started - not finished - by the end of 2013, opening a bigger window for new projects. Recently, the IRS helped by giving some more room for the industry to qualify for the credit.

Without the PTC, the US Energy Information Administration expects growth will slow significantly again after 2016, when current projects are finished.

And that's exactly what fossil fuel interests want!


Thanks to the wind PTC, the US is one of the largest, fastest growing wind markets, employing some 80,000 Americans in businesses that manufacture 70% of components in the US.

Prices for wind energy have dropped substantially and are the same or even lower than fossil fuels now in most cases!

It's laughable that fossil fuel advocates call the PTC "welfare," even as they continue fighting to keep their century-long tax credits. Because the US doesn't have an energy policy, the tax code has been used to spur growth in all kinds of energy, but most extravagantly, oil, coal, gas and nuclear ... not wind and other renewables.


In the same fiscal cliff deal that renewed the PTC, fossil fuel industries retained their tax advantages, amounting to $46 billion over the next 10 years. The wind PTC would cost $18 billion if it remained in place during that time.

Wind now supplies 5% of our electricity with 61 GW installed, expected to 9% by 2020. It provides almost 30% of  Iowa's electricity and South Dakota is close behind.

To level the playing field with conventional energy, Obama's Science Advisors recommend broadening the PTC to include all forms of renewable energy and keeping it place for 5-10 years.

Chokecherry is an Example

As an example of the kinds of projects the PTC supports, the largest wind project in the world was recently approved for Wyoming - the 3 gigawatt Chokecherry/ Sierra Madre wind project, where 1000 turbines will be spread across 220,000 acres of land.

 
Wind Farm Chokecherry Wyoming

Sited in one of windiest places in the US, the $5 billion project will supply electricity to 1 million homes - creating 1000 jobs during construction. It is one of the projects President Obama expedited as part of his "We Can't Wait" (for Congress) initiative. 

Because of the size of the project and the strong wind resources, the project is viable without the PTC, but with it, electricity will be cheaper for utilities and their customers, says the developer. That's an exception to the rule, he says, most projects still need the tax credit to be viable.

Here's the full letter:


 
Website: http://americanenergyalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Wind-PTC-Coalition-Letter-11-6-2014.pdf

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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2014, 10:23:29 pm »
Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance
With Attorneys General 


By ERIC LIPTON DEC. 6, 2014

SNIPPET:

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“Attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year … never before have attorneys general joined on this scale with corporate interests to challenge Washington and file lawsuits in federal court. 

Out of public view, corporate representatives and attorneys general are coordinating legal strategy and other efforts to fight federal regulations…”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/us/politics/energy-firms-in-secretive-alliance-with-attorneys-general.html



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« Reply #17 on: December 08, 2014, 11:05:24 pm »
What’s Really at Stake in the Florida Solar Battle?

Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo opens in the sunshine state just as the state takes issue with distributed solar power.

 Lisa Wood, Contributing Editor 
 December 07, 2014

Orlando --  My friends in Florida often ask me why their state doesn’t use more solar energy. I used to say, “It’s coming.” But that may no longer be the right answer.

Pro-solar groups see hard times ahead in the sunshine state, at least for the kind of solar my friends are talking about -- solar panels on homes and business rooftops.   

Their worry stems from a vote taken in late November by the Florida Public Service Commission to end a solar rebate program after 2015.

Losing the rebate program, itself, isn’t the real problem. The rebate isn’t as important as it once was, given the dramatic drop in solar costs, according to Mike Antheil, director of advocacy, Florida Solar Energy Industries Association.

More alarming is what solar advocates fear may follow; they question the motivation for the vote and see it as an opening salvo to bring down distributed solar.

The commission said the rebate program was just too expensive and too few benefited from it.

“We in the solar industry feel pretty confident that is not the real reason,” said Mike Antheil, director of advocacy, Florida Solar Energy Industries Association. “We think it boils down to the simplest answer is usually the right one. The simplest answer is that the people who sell us our electricity are understandably motivated to be sure we don’t produce our own electricity.”

Antheil and other solar advocates see the commission siding with utilities and against distributed generation. It could also be described as the battle between local energy and central generation. Utilities have a financial incentive to build central generation — solar or otherwise — since they can earn a return on the investment. They do not earn a return on distributed solar panels consumers put on their roofs. In fact, the panels rob the utility of electricity sales.

If the utilities dominate solar, Florida is unlikely to develop the kind of democratic grid emerging elsewhere, one where consumers own and control their energy. More likely, solar will come in the form of central plants built by utilities.

Florida regulators aren’t sure the democratic grid is the most cost-effective way to go; the commission chairman indicated he prefers the more conventional approach where utilities socialize costs among their customers. He describe the two sides of the market as supply side (utility solar) or demand side (customer-owned solar).

“I think there is a need for solar. I'm not sure — I'm not convinced that the need for solar is a demand-side need. Maybe a supply-side need. I mean, maybe the supply-side need may be a better way of handling that need. When you have it on the supply side, you don't have to have $30,000 in your pocket to put it on your roof,” said Art Graham, PSC chairman, according to a transcript of the November 25 meeting.

Fair enough, but are the only two choices a $30,000 bill to the homeowner for solar panels or utility market control? Policies in other states would indicate otherwise. Power purchase agreements, innovative financing and leasing all have emerged as options to make solar affordable to the homeowner or small business.

Further, is it a good idea to place the burden for solar costs on the utility ratepayer when a private market exists that wants to take up the banner?

“We are trying to shift the burden away from the ratepayers,” said FlaSEIA’s Antheil. “As a ratepayer, I have to pay for the new nuclear facility, the new coal and natural facility. I have to pay for industrial scale solar, if they choose to do that. But the solar market wants to shift that investment burden away. That’s why an incentive for a demand-side program, a residential program is so beneficial.”

Even an incentive of just five percent of the total cost of the installed system, would spur the private market to come to the table with the other 95 percent, he said. “That’s a deal for the ratepayer.”

What else could help reduce solar costs for the consumer? Better financing options and property tax exemptions for homeowners and commercial properties with solar, he said. Antheil also suggested that the state look more carefully at the true value of solar beyond just energy production, such as its ability to improve grid stability and decrease line loss.

Most of all, he said, the state needs to keep intact its rules that allow net metering — which gives the home or business the ability to gain credit for selling solar power back to the grid.

And therein lies the biggest worry among solar advocates in Florida.

“I think there is a clear threat and danger to net metering,” said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE). “You see them laying the ground work for this.”

He fears the state will try to impose a standby charge or adjust the rate to weaken net metering, the cornerstone of the distributed generation market in Florida.

Others take a less gloomy view of events in the sunshine state. Justin Hoysradt, Vote Solar’s regional manager Florida, says that he is “cautiously optimistic.” He pointed out that the commission has announced that it will hold an undocketed workshop (date yet to be set) to discuss future solar policy.  “The workshop is a signal that the commission recognizes that solar is an important part of Florida’s portfolio,” he said.

Solar advocates are working to galvanize support in preparation. SACE released a poll Friday showing strong bipartisan backing for solar in Florida. By almost a five to one margin respondents said they were more likely to vote for a legislator who expands the availability of solar. The poll of 600 registered voters in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola and Tampa, also found that over two thirds of those surveyed support the state’s current net metering law; specifically 67 percent of Republicans, 77 percent of Independents and 73 percent of Democrats.

Smith said that activists plan to use the public backing to launch a strong campaign to protect net metering, first by elevating public awareness, next by seeking legislative support and finally pursuing a ballot measure in 2016, if needed.

Meanwhile, the state may be a little red in the face (and not from sunburn). The PSC actions have captured the attention of the national media. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gave Florida a talking to on her show. “In the sunshine state they have decided they are against the sun,”   >:( Maddow said.

Hyperbole? Maybe. We’ll see in the coming weeks as the PSC releases its written decision and proceeds with its solar workshop.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/12/whats-really-at-stake-in-the-florida-solar-battle#comment-138184


William Fitch III   
 December 7, 2014 

Hi:

Demand destruction, keep it simple...   

The answer for the population is to do solar anyway, no matter what the politicians do.
The cost is low enough now whether incentives are there or not.
FORCE them to deal with distributed generation by installing it, even if net metering goes away. Leave them no choice...

.....Bill
 

D SolarCat   
 December 7, 2014 

I am a long time solar evangelist stuck in the nightmare that is FL, where radical Republicans are stiff-arming the fastest growing industry on earth, all for the sake of greed and wild-eyed, misguided & dangerous ideology. And while I don't know how ... I know that one day soon the dam will burst and solar will grow in FL due to the fact that there is just too much $$ being made, opportunity and jobs being created in the States and countries currently encouraging solar. Vile & hypocritical Republicans AGAIN kill jobs, exhibit horrible strategic judgement and literally risk the habitability of earth for future generations in order to stay pure in their conservative dogma .... let the planet and everyone on it be damned!


sean o   
 December 8, 2014 

I concur with Fitch. Install solar and lots of it. It is like voting for distributed grid. :) The more people who have some installed, even 1, the less they can do about it politically to prevent it. Those are their votes to stay in office.


William Fitch III  
 December 8, 2014 

Hi:

Just one more thought here; what the pro solar groups should MOST watch out for is not the elimination of "perks" but the implementation of "solar penalties".
This is/will be where the game shifts to. Think of this route as the expression of the typical "double down" which has characterized the whole radical red agenda in all areas...

.....Bill


Lance Christhelm 

 December 8, 2014 

This is a pretty sad, uninformed debate, right to the top - "When you have it on the supply side (utility scale generation), you don't have to have $30,000 in your pocket to put it on your roof” -- blink blink -- SolarCity does it with no liens, zero cost, on qualified homes, with credit over 680. So clearly this is an ignorant "Alan Colmes" puppet surrounded by carnivorous neocons looking to drink another 2 decades' worth of blood out of homeowners' energy costs

...ironic part of this debate is, it's mostly moot anyway, because in a century or 2, FL is going to be seafloor. This debate is the internal monologue of a suicidal man on his penultimate day alive, about whether or not to even eat lunch at all


Azu Nwadei   
 December 8, 2014 

Reading this you would think that there are no modular home pv systems. You do not need to invest $30,000 up front. You can break it up into 3 or 4 chunks.

  A. G. Gelbert 
 December 8, 2014 

Bill Fitch is right.

I want to add a bit of fossil fuel history of "doing what they do" to penalize people that want to generate their own energy.

1. In the 1930s solar water heaters were all the rage in Florida. Read what happened to that no-brainer use of solar power. I am not providing links. Just do a Google search and your eyes will be opened. While you are at it, ask yourself why solar panels were not developed until we needed them on space craft even though the principle was understood (Einstein won a Nobel Prize for explaining it) in the early 20th century. And when we DID develop the solar panel technology, we could spend billions of the people's money (not private enterprise's, money) on manufacturing nuclear power plants but, for some strange reason, we couldn't do that to perfect and mass produce solar panels in the 1970's.

And even in the 1970's there is a documented case of a utility, that DID NOT serve the Navajo Indian town under discussion even though it was in their area, complaining to NASA (who had installed solar panels to provide power for some infrastructure) that solar power would 'force" them to lower fossil fuel generated electricity prices and undermine their profit margin.

NASA stopped the plan to install solar panels in all unserviced areas in the USA because of that. And you KNOW those areas were not serviced because the utilities claimed (and continue to claim disingenuously) that it was "too costly" to run transmission lines into those areas.

They lied. It is simply not logical to complain about an area you do NOT service within your customer base geographic location unless you are not telling the truth about your reasons for not servicing those areas.

People say I am into hyperbole about the fossil fuelers and their accustomed criminal behavior. They claim those fine fellows are just trying to be "competitive" and "make a profit". If that means monopoly price control and profit over poor people (see areas they won't service and won't let anybody else service either) and profit over planet fossil fuel use when Renewable Energy is more cost efficient , then that unethical, unsustainable and just plain stupid "business as usual" model has to go, period.

2. Until recently, in Puerto Rico, an island that has, like Hawaii but without geothermal, vast solar, wind, and unlike Hawaii, the best ocean current renewable energy resource in the world, it was ILLEGAL to generate your own energy. That's right, you HAD to get your electrical power from the government owned utility.

Now where do you suppose that law came from? It came from the captive market, price control monopoly tactics the fossil fuelers are now pushing harder and harder in Florida. The Puerto Rican utility (used to be called "Fuentes Fluviales" due to the use of some hydro power but now called "Autoridad de Energia Electrica") gets a portion of its power from dams but most of it has always been from fossil fuel power plants. You could partially get around that with solar water heaters that did not directly generate electricity but you could NOT put solar panels or wind generators on your property. That has changed but still, and illogically, fossil fuel power still holds sway there. The bought and paid for politicians have passed laws to destroy sections of biomes for the installment of an LNG port and pipelines through tropical rain forests.

The fossil fuelers never stop 'doing what they do'. The Puerto Ricans are waking up rather slowly to this suicidal reality which is destroying their environment.

Expect the fossil fuelers in Florida and elsewhere to continue to buy politicians that lack ethics and common sense in order to put back door penalties on citizens who contribute to the Demand Destruction of purchased electrical energy from the Profit over Planet utilities.

HOW? By making up building codes that designate electrical power installations with solar panels and/or wind generators as fire hazards or some other special code category that "requires" a special permit, an annual "inspection" by the utility (which charges a "reasonable" fee, of course - LOL!) and so on. Bureaucrats can be quite imaginative at inventing ways to fleece you while babying their fossil fuel friends.

In short, they invent, out of whole cloth, all kinds of costly obstacles to keep we-the-people form profiting from Renewable Energy in order to preserve the profit over people and planet polluting thievery.

Do your part. Spread the word about this mens rea modus operandi of the utilities. The more people know, the harder it will be for these criminals to buy your politicians. We can't make them acquire a conscience but we CAN make bribing our elected officials too costly for them.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/12/whats-really-at-stake-in-the-florida-solar-battle#comment-138184

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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #18 on: December 16, 2014, 10:14:51 pm »
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/new-era-of-cheap-oil-will-destroy-green-revolution-9922217.html

That was the plan back in 1980. It worked.  :( The Dirty energy profit over planet polluters are one DIRTY trick ponies. 


They     just DO what they DO.   


I don't think it will work this time BECAUSE:

1) Many people are on to the fossil fuel FLEECE THE PEOPLE for PROFIT MO with a 100 year track record.


2) The Orwellian Media will not be able to downplay the environmental EFFECTS (     
) of fossil fuel and nuclear power DIRTY energy.


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Fuel Costs

Petroleum products raise environmental red flags even before they are burned. Extracting them from the earth is an energy-intensive process that can damage local ecosystems. Shipping fuels can also consume a lot of energy, and creates an occasional environmental disaster such as an oil spill. As world demand rises, and unconventional fuel sources, such as oil sands, become more economically viable, the ecological impacts of petroleum extraction might also increase dramatically. That’s one more reason why fuel efficiency is so important.

Air Quality

Vehicles are America’s biggest air quality compromisers, producing about one-third of all U.S. air pollution. The smog, carbon monoxide, and other toxins emitted by vehicles are especially troubling because they leave tailpipes at street level, where humans breathe the polluted air directly into their lungs. That can make auto emissions an even more immediate health concern than toxins emitted high in the sky by industrial smokestacks.
http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/green-guide/buying-guides/car/environmental-impact/

But they will try  .


The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars    and conscience free crooks ,    they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!



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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #19 on: December 28, 2014, 06:29:38 pm »
To be watched in the sequence given below. If a clip starts in the middle, please stop and take it back to the beginning of each short clip for the full impact of what we are dealing with when we mistakenly believe certain people can be reasoned with.

http://viewrz.com/video/lennon-not-5  (one minute)
http://viewrz.com/video/lennon-not-4  (17 seconds)
http://viewrz.com/video/lennon-not-2  (one minute)
http://viewrz.com/video/lennon-not-1  (one minute)
http://viewrz.com/video/lennon-not-3  Six minutes on the Industrial (ruthlessness = "virtue") Psychopath

Where a lot of people are dying in "accidents", you will probably find a psychopath, or 100, setting up the "equation" for said "Accidents".

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North Dakota reported the highest incidence ofwork-related fatalities ...

Oil boom and fracking cause spike in energy industry workplace deaths
Vehicle-related incidents one of key risks  ;)  :evil4:


Agelbert NOTE: The article DOES NOT say what the slightly less than HALF of the FRACKING NON vehicle driving fatalities was caused by...

I wonder why the FOCUS on driving just because it is slightly over half. Were the non-driving deaths from chewing guar gum lubricating fluid thickener?  Only the MKing Fracker Bosses know.

And they aren't telling. It's all those silly OSHA regulations that get in the way of BIDNESS and PROFIT. Where there is SMOKE, there is PSYCHOPATHIC FIRE! 

http://www.businessinsurance.com/article/20140706/NEWS08/307069990
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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2015, 04:32:32 pm »
What Does $60 Oil Mean for the Biofuel Industry?   ???

Oil prices in the 60s — what does that mean for the global economy, energy markets, and alternative fuels in the short-term and long-term?

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2015/01/what-does-60-oil-mean-for-the-biofuel-industry#comment-138847


Brian Donovan   
 January 2, 2015 

Oil is cheap because of dumping, and all other energy sources should sue the gov to put a tariff on it.

Oil is cheap because the govs give fossils massive breaks. Again that goes against the trade agreements the USA has signed.

Put a tax on fossils, or the fossils industry will dump, as they have done everything the renewable industry looked serious. Then wait a year or tow for all the renewable plans to die, and raise the price again. How many times will we fall for this?


A. G. Gelbert 
January 2, 2015 

Brian Donovan is 100% RIGHT!

I was there in the 1980's and watched Big Oil STRANGLE Renewable Energy. They are trying to do it again.

And as to game theory, that is one of the most logic free exercises in evolutionary dead end predator thinking (see Wall Street creative destruction) that our country has ever been cursed with. The RAND corporation, where this gem of "mathematical" justification for conscience free behavior was hatched, is no friend of the people. Game Theory is based on the rather convenient predatory wishful thinking that, in nature, cooperation is merely a tool to be used ONLY for the purpose of making some alliance with a competitor that you hope to crush. Game theory is all about crushing, stomping and destroying the competition in a thoroughly WARPED (see Spencer) interpretation of the "survival of the fittest" meme.

Darwin himself said that altruistic, caring and cooperative behavior are evolutionary advantages, not tools of guile for predatory victories:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsWs6bf7tvI&feature=player_embedded

All this "apex predator" business is not a reflection of how most of nature works.

Even a brief look at the trophic pyramid shows you that the living biomass of the (100% NON-predatory) base of the pyramid ,which underlies all of the consumers (plant eaters) and tropic levels above (of which a portion are predators.) is at least 10 times larger than all the biomass above. That is, the overwhelming majority of successful life forms on this planet are autotrophic ( many of them photosynthetic). And that is thermodynamically necessary because energy is lost as each trophic level above eats from the one below. That is the REAL math that proves Game Theory is certainly not based on the real world.

Autotrophs are not predators. Game theory is based on the mistaken premise that ALL LIFE is in a competitive struggle of predation. The sun is not prey. Most life is cooperative as now has been discovered through scientific study of multiple combinations of three (and more) way symbiotic cooperation between radically different species.

Therefore game theory is a fascist farce, as is the ridiculously narrow field of economics that ignores the SCC (social cost of carbon) when computing the "profitability" and "competiveness" of fossil fuels in our "market dynamics" (another product of "everyone is a predator or a prey" Game Theory Bankrupt logic).

Those of you who doubt that the fossil fuel industry is gaming the price of oil in order to recapture market share from Renewable Energy, ask yourself this question:

If supply and demand or "market dynamics" had anything whatsoever to do with the price of oil tanking, then the Demand Destruction from Renewable Energy (and other factors listed in the article) would argue for a shift in the investment strategy of big oil from spending 100's of millions a year on new exploration of oil and gas to Renewable Energy research and development and installation. Also, Oil Tanker stocks would tank as big oil began to move away from the transport of massive amounts of crude.

But, they are doing EXACTLY THE REVERSE! Big oil is doubling down on oil and gas exploration. In the last month there has been a bottom feeding bonanza going in in stocks of oil tanker corporations and oil and gas exploration corporations.

The only logical explanation is that big oil expects a massive rise in the price of oil sometime SOON in the future, regardless of the $70 2017 futures contracts you mentioned in your article. There are other derivative bets that hide this market cornering skullduggery by big oil from "the markets".

Here's a small sample of the "illogical" bottom feeding going on that, on the surface, makes no sense from everything you wrote about game theory, markets and supply and demand. It ONLY makes sense if a coordinated effort to recapture market share through a price war is what is ACTUALLY going on.

Bottom Feeding Bonanza;



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Approach Resources Inc., is an independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development, production and acquisition of oil and gas properties. The Company focuses on oil and gas reserves in oil shale and tight gas sands in the Midland Basin of the greater Permian Basin in West Texas, where it leases approximately 148,000 net acres. The Company’s drilling targets include the Clearfork, Wolfcamp shale, Canyon Sands, Strawn and Ellenburger zones. It refers to the Clearfork and Wolfcamp zones together as the Wolffork, and its development project in the Permian Basin as Project Pangea, which includes the northwestern portion of Project Pangea that it refers to as Pangea West. As of December 31, 2012, it owned and operated 594 producing oil and gas wells in the Permian Basin, and had an estimated 2,983 identified drilling and recompletion locations, of which 359 were proved.

SM Energy Co SM 38.22 +(21.10%) 2.45B

SM Energy Company (SM Energy) is an independent energy company. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids (referred to as oil, gas, and NGLs) in onshore North America. The Company’s operations are focused on five operating areas in the onshore United States.

December 19, 2014

Basic Energy Services BAS 8.07 +1.71 (26.89%) Market Cap 317.99M

Basic Energy Services, Inc., provides a range of well site services to oil and natural gas drilling and producing companies, including completion and remedial services, fluid services, well servicing and contract drilling. The Company’s operations are managed regionally and are concentrated in the United States onshore oil and natural gas producing regions located in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Wyoming, North Dakota, Colorado, Utah, Montana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Company’s segments include Completion and Remedial Services, Fluid Services, Well Servicing, and Contract Drilling. In April 2014, Basic Energy Services Inc sold its four inland barge workover rigs, and related equipment. In September 2014, Basic Energy Services Inc completes acquisition of Pioneer Fishing and Rental, a division of Pioneer Energy Services.




Market "dynamics"? I don't think so. Try Big Oil HISTORY of market cornering skullduggery for the past century or so.  >:(
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2015, 08:10:12 pm »

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You want us doing race track patterns for HOW LONG!!!!? Can I tell my wife how long we will be away? Right. I didn't think so.


You all saw the market and fossil fuel based energy tank along with the price of crude AGAIN today. What you didn't see was MORE PROOF that big oil does not plan to "go away". They plan to burn/sell every gallon of the fossil fuels they have access to. So what do they do if the price isn't "right"? They STORE IT here, there and everywhere they can until their low price HEAD FAKE is over and they have recaptured their lost market share (see price war to kill renewable energy).

Do you know what costs to store crude in a giant oil tanker ship? A LOT! It runs about $25,000 a DAY!  :o But big oil doesn't want to keep selling oil cheap. They want to address the demand destruction going on by artificially CUTTING the supply. This hanky panky is accomplished by renting oil tankers and keeping them away from  land for weeks or months at time (like they did in the 1970's - they had oil tankers doing race track patterns in the middle of the Atlantic until the prices went to the moon! - Google it! - Note: Oil tankers are unstable in open ocean when they are not under way. They have to keep moving. So, if they don't want to go anywhere for a few days or weeks or months, they do race track patterns.)

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of the world's largest oil tanker shipping company Frontline  (FRO) surged 18.74% to $4.68 in morning trading Monday after a Bloomberg report late last week that plunging oil prices could stimulate demand for oil tankers to store cargoes.

http://www.thestreet.com/story/13007734/1/frontline-fro-stock-surges-today-on-falling-oil-prices.html


The next time a fossil fueler talks NONSENSE about "supply and demand", tell him to stick his game theory bullshit where the sun don't shine! 


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« Reply #22 on: January 23, 2015, 07:09:59 pm »
01/23/2015 02:22 PM     
Wow! Europe's Renewable Energy Associations Dominated By Fossil Interests


SustainableBusiness.com News

Europe has been the most aggressive, reliable advocate on addressing climate change and moving to renewable energy, but now, even the motives of their trade associations have to be questioned.

The Guardian reports that Europe's major solar and wind associations have been taken over by fossil fuel companies and utilities that want to slow down renewable energy growth. 

Full article here: 

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/26117
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« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2015, 05:52:41 pm »
One Man Working Behind-the-Scenes to Halt Oklahoma Wind Energy

 Matt Kasper 
 March 30, 2015

Oklahoma has quietly become the 4th largest wind producing state in America after jumping several states in the rankings over the past few years. The panhandle and the northeastern part of the state have been seen as promising areas for further development, with strong winds and nearby transmission lines that enable cheap, clean electricity. 

However, that was before one wealthy and influential landowner started spending big to single-handedly organize a campaign to halt future wind development. 


Frank Robson , a multi-millionaire real estate developer, entered the wind energy debate last year when he found out a wind farm was planned near his ranch in Centralia, Okla. In those initial conversations, Robson was using the rhetoric of “NIMBYism” (not-in-my-back-yard). “Most people don’t move to the country to have an industrial unit right next to their house. How would you like to have a 495-foot turbine that goes whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, and never shuts down?” Robson told the local NPR affiliate. Never mind that most farmers and ranchers like wind turbines just fine, along with the drought-resistant cash flow that they produce on 20- to 25-year contracts.


Robson’s efforts to push back against wind energy developments in Oklahoma led him to hire lobbyists. One firm hired, FKG Consulting  , is the largest lobbying firm in the state. FKG Consulting supplied Robson with a small army of consultants including a pollster, and devised a strategy that has transformed Robson’s image from angry wealthy landowner to tax consumer advocate. Robson’s consultants transformed his message by halting the NIMBY talk, and devised a plan to go after tax incentives that support wind; a cause polling showed would be more compelling to the public. Robson has also hired a local marketing expert, who then started a group called “Wind Waste,”      to pull the incentives that wind energy receives in the state out of context. 

FKG Consulting also represents multiple national and international clients in Oklahoma that have publically expressed a commitment to support renewable energy and/or sustainability development. Among them are Amazon, 3M, and Ernst & Young.

Additionally, since Robson has become more interested in ending any wind energy future for all of Oklahoma, he has stepped up his political giving; half of his recorded contributions to elected officials have come since 2014.

Frank Robson Wind Oklahoma (picture at link).

Robson’s work  and money seemed to be paying off, when Sen. President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman authored a measure last year that would have placed a moratorium on wind development in northeastern Oklahoma.  The bill was then run by then state senate energy chair, Cliff Branan, who received $4,500 in political contributions about a month-and-a-half after the bill began making its way through the senate in 2014. When the bill stalled, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) took up the endeavor at the request of Mr. Bingman and is currently considering restrictive new standards for wind farm locations.

In addition to the OCC’s deliberations, the Oklahoma Senate recently unanimously passed two bills to limit wind energy tax incentives. SB 498 and SB 501, authored by Sen. Mike Mazzei, target separate wind energy incentives: a tax exemption for manufacturing used by wind companies; and an annual decrease for zero-emission tax credits over five years. Mazzei has said these bills are necessary because the state is facing a $600 million budget gap. Robson used similar language in an op-ed last month – a change in talking points, for someone who got involved because of concerns about wind turbines in the view of his ranch.

Both bills have had their two required public readings, and were referred to Oklahoma’s House Appropriations and Budget Committee on March 17.

Ties to Wal-Mart

Robson is the brother-in-law to the late Sam Walton, founder of Wal-Mart. The irony is that Wal-Mart has announced plans to go 100% renewable by 2030. Oklahoma wind energy will likely need to play a role in Wal-Mart’s impressive endeavor, since several of its distribution centers are located in the state.

Oklahoma’s History of Support for Wind Energy


While Robson tries to fight the development of wind in his state, the state has long supported this industry. This support has resulted in other major employers such as Google moving into the state because of its favorable environment for power purchase agreements. And despite Robson’s claims to the contrary, wind has contributed to the health of the state’s economy, with jobs and tax revenues.

In 2012, a large Google data center in Pryor, Oklahoma entered into an agreement with the Grand River Dam Authority to procure wind energy. Both Oklahoma University (OU) and Oklahoma State University (OSU) have made historic wind energy agreements as well. OU signed an agreement with Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company (OG&E) to purchase 100% of its OG&E supplied electricity from renewable energy sources. And a majority of OSU’s electricity comes from wind energy provided by OG&E.

The state added 648 megawatts of wind capacity last year  , for a total of 3,782 megawatts, passing both Oregon and Illinois in the rankings. Another 2,000 megawatts is expected to come online in the near future, as wind farms start to begin construction in the panhandle and northeastern part of the state.

The Oklahoma wind industry now contributes significantly to record-breaking generating outputs in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), an area that includes Oklahoma, along with Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Missouri, Arkansas, and Louisiana. In fact, SPP wind set a record earlier this year with 7,625 megawatts of wind generation – enough to power 6 million homes. Furthermore, wind in the SPP saves customers $1.2 billion each year due to avoided coal and natural gas fuel costs, in addition to water savings.

The progress in Oklahoma is a major factor to wind energy’s nearing cost-parity, the point when it can compete with fossil fuels without federal incentives. But because Robson does not want to see wind turbines while on his ranch, that momentum is in serious jeopardy.

Thousands of direct and indirect jobs in Oklahoma are in peril, along with millions of dollars in future land lease payments and private investments – dollars and jobs that would likely move to Colorado, Kansas, or Texas, if Oklahoma eliminates its current smart public policies that support wind energy.

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2015/03/oklahoma-wind-energys-future-threated-by-one-man

Agelbert NOTE: Wind energy’s cost-parity, the point when it can compete with fossil fuels without federal incentives, is the REAL reason that the fossil fuelers are going all out to stop this Renewable energy that threatens the centralized energy "business model"    of the fossil fuelers.

In fact, Wind Energy passed that point over three years ago!
  The reason it is not apparent is that it is MASKED BY ALL THE MASSIVE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE FOSSIL FUEL "SUBSIDIES" (welfare queen handouts on the taxpayer dime) that make wind energy subsides look like PEANUTS.

http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/fossil-fuel-folly/fossil-fuel-subsidies-in-the-u-s/msg28/#msg28


The hypocrisy of these bastards is breathtaking.  Those are the very people that claim they "just want the most competitive energy product for everybody" .
















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« Reply #24 on: April 01, 2015, 02:30:50 pm »

ANOTHER fossil fuel fascsist (THEY  are commoinly identified by the the meter reading above ) DOING WHAT PROFIT OVER PLANET RICH PIGS DO...

Harold Hamm  (MKing's hero  ;D) is pictured above. Any similarity with his surname, a ham and his face is purely coincidental.  ;D

Oil and Gas Billionaire Pressured Oklahoma Scientist to Ignore Fracking-Earthquake Link
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Hillary Clinton’s emails aren’t the only ones making news, at least not in Oklahoma.

A trove of emails were released by the Oklahoma Geological Survey (OGS), which regulates the state’s oil and gas industries, in response to public records requests from news outlets such as Bloomberg and EnergyWire.

They appear to reveal that oil and gas billionaire Harold Hamm, known as the founding father of the U.S. fracking boom  , inserted himself into the conversation about whether fracking was causing a dramatic upsurge in earthquakes in the state.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/04/01/harold-hamm-oklahoma-fracking-earthquakes/
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Bernard Eastlund's discoveries, are innovative applications of the work of Tesla and Faraday. His plans to provide power on any spot on the planet, to modify weather and eliminate drought, floods and hurricanes was usurped by the US military to make a death ray.  >:(


The HAARP facility in Gakona, Alaska has shut down pending its transfer to a different contractor working for DARPA. The official statement reads:

HAARP was shut down in early May 2013, awaiting a change between contractors who operate the facility. According to HAARP program manager James Keeney, "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is expected on site as a client to finish up some research in fall 2013 and winter 2014." The temporary shutdown was described as being due to "a contractor regime change." The Alaska Native corporation Ahtna, Incorporated is reportedly in talks to take over the facility administration contract from Marsh Creek, LLC.

Supporters of the HAARP program now say that claims of crazy weather patterns, earthquakes and mental illness can no longer be blamed on the operation of this remote facility because it is "off-line".

 It is a fact that the HAARP facility in Gakona was only a public relations facade which distracted from the larger facility near Fairbanks and the many other "ionospheric heaters" located around the country -- and the world -- that no longer use dipole antennae farms and receive their funding as "black projects", exempt from public scrutiny or review.

 We featured such a facility in China in a recent story on viewzone. The new antennae designs are apparently more efficient at the high frequencies which the "heaters" utilize.


Introduction to H.A.A.R.P.

by Dan Eden

Many articles have been written about HAARP. What this author wishes to make clear is that he believes HAARP was not the actual facility designed to be used as a military system but a "front" or "red herring" facility which allows the authorities to deny important questions about its purpose and operation and which conducted basic research with its limited power of about 3MW.

 The real facility is located in Poker Flats, North of Fairbanks, Alaska. Please read the Congressional Executive Summary which is provided here in unedited form for the truth.

Some background on HAARP & How it works


 Albert Einstein's theories of relativity and the development of atomic energy are seen as the pinnacles of Twentieth Century technology. Like most innovative applications of newly discovered laws of physics, the benefit that they afford the common citizen is often usurped by the sinister need of the military to kill each other or ruin the environment -- all in the name of security.  :evil4:

Bernard Eastlund's discoveries, are innovative applications of the work of Tesla and Faraday. His plans to provide power on any spot on the planet, to modify weather and eliminate drought, floods and hurricanes was usurped by the US military to make a death ray.


 Bernard Eastlund is a very private man and a physicist with a small company in Houston. In the mid-80's, Eastlund invented and patented a technology that will will reshape our lives, for better or for worse, whether we like it or not.

 A few years ago, ViewZone ran a photograph that was sent to us for identification (see Unusual Photographs). We received many wild explanations, from underground alien bases to ancient city streets. But a handful of anonymous e-mails were consistent. These described the long, parallel, perfectly straight lines as part of an antenna complex used to communicate with submerged submarines. These same e-mails spoke of "death rays" that could blast distant locations with lethal electromagnetic radiation.

 The photograph was eventually believed to be an ELF (an acronym for Extremely Low Frequency) antenna installation, designed for submarine communication. There is one almost identical to the photograph in Michigan. Since our anonymous informants seemed to be so knowledgeable, we were curious about their claims of a "death ray" installation located somewhere in Alaska. Our informants directed our attention to something called HAARP (High Frequency Active Aurora Ionospheric Research Program).

 HAARP is a military project based on Eastlund's discoveries. It is a difficult program to discuss technically with non-scientists and, as such, it has eluded the spotlight of the popular press. But for years now, conspiracy web sites and some credible scientific publications have questioned what's going on and how messing with the ionosphere could be hurting the environment.

 To make matters worse, HAARP has been maintained partially as a clandestine project, operated by the US Navy. The information that is made available to the public is carefully worded to make HAARP appear as a bland, harmless, unclassified, atmospheric research facility.

 This public image is maintained, in part, through a website (Note: It appears they have taken the web site "off-line" also!), complete with a reassuring, updated, digital photograph, showing dozens of motionless aluminum dipole antennae at their remote Alaskan base. Public statements speak about "better understanding the ionosphere," a layer of Earth's atmosphere about 60-90 Km. high.

 They are polite when questioned, but stick to their "harmless research" stories, despite contradictions in the press and in publicly available documents. In preparation for this article, ViewZone contacted HAARP. Not only did they deny that the facility was doing military work, but they also diminished the work of Dr. Eastlund, implying that he knew very little about his own discovery. (In contrast to now admitting that they do DARPA work.)

 Eventually everyone will know about Bernard Eastlund and his work. It will someday be taught in schools. His technology will impact every living thing. But this will have to wait for the military, who own his valuable patents, to release Eastlund's work for humane applications. For the time being, this work is buried in the secretive work of HAARP.

 To completely understand Eastlund's work, you must first understand how and why HAARP works. This is not an easy task. But we'll try to keep it simple.

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BUT FOR SOME INTERESTING REASON, H.A.A.R.P is run by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense 
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« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2015, 07:01:59 pm »

What Do We Want To See? 

 The vision behind the Transition Town movement is that every community can engage its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels; a future that is more vibrant, abundant and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present.

 What does that look like? What do the people who are active in the Transition Network really envision for the future of their towns, if the transition they are working to create becomes reality?

 They all envision something much more humane.  Cities that are much quieter, much cleaner, much slower, more people working closer to home. They talk about strong bonds around food, knowing your local farmer, growing your own food. Everything is much more decentralized. Alternative energy supplies the grid. The whole economy is much more local and society is more equitable. Quality of life skyrockets.

 The Transition approach is very much a study of permaculture in itself. It asks not: How can we make sure people take action the way we know they ought to and grow food, start composting, install solar panels, etc?" No, it asks: what is already going on in this town and how can we maximize the interchange and benefit of all the commerce and activity already in motion - regardless of people's views, politics, awareness of energy issues and so on?

 Ben Brangwyn, co founder of the Transition Network says he believes "When we look back, having reached that transition point, we will say: How on earth could we ever have conceived of living any other way? (see Agelbert NOTE for answer.  ;))

 --Bibi Farber

 For more information on the Transition Town Movement, visit www.transitionnetwork.org

http://www.nextworldtv.com/videos/transition/visions-of-transition.html


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WE DIDN'T "conceive" of living dying for elite greed; WE-THE-PEOPLE were Bernaysed into accepting the CON JOB of profit over planet CENTRALIZED POWER as the "real world", PERIOD. The odds of Homo SAPDOM surviving the greedy, biosphere math challenged predators among us are NOT GOOD. 
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« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2015, 10:23:09 pm »

In fossil fuel industry board rooms in undisclosed locations, strategy sessions are being held to accomplish a trifecta.

1. Avoid litigation that would result in forcing them to pay for the massive enevironmental damage they are responsible for over the last 120 years.

2. Enjoy a 20 year (at least) profit bonanza from a guaranteed massive price hike for fossil fuels due to massive global cooling.

3. Regain their fraudulent 20th century title of "savior" of civilization while blaming all the environemtnal problems on another dirty energy explosive/source.


The secret memo that may have already been disseminated to their bought and paid for political lackeys is this:

We all know that war is good for business, but NUCLEAR WAR is even better. Not only will we no longer have to endure silly talk about global warming, we will have guaranteed profits for at least two decades! The price spike from nuclear war will be turn into a price spike on steroids with the nuclear winter. 

During that time the population can be convinced we are their saviors while we strangle other energy producing upstarts like solar and wind with legislation that "defends the people from wasteful energy sources".   

Nuclear War will be the biggest propaganda bonanza we have ever had. We will no longer be restrained in our prudent, measured, logical, do the math, exploitation of earth's resources for the good of mankind and our shareholders.

So get moving and start that saber rattling!
We want NUCLEAR WINTER ASAP!




THE AFTERMATH OF NUCLEAR WAR ACCORDING TO THE STUDY
Year 0
Five megatons of black carbon released into the atmosphere, which absorbs sunlight and begins to cool the planet. Black carbon rain also kills millions.
Year 1
Average surface temperature drops by 1°C (2°F).
Year 2
Crop growing season is shortened by 10 to 40 days.
Year 5
Earth is an average of 1.5°C (3°F) colder than the present day, colder than it has been in 1,000 years. There is also nine per cent less rainfall. The ozone is also up to 25 per cent thinner, increasing UV rays on Earth.
Year 10
Ozone recovers slightly to just 8 per cent less than modern day.
Year 20
Planet warms slightly to 0.5°C (1°F) lower than the present day.
Year 26
Rainfall increases to about 4.5 per cent less than today

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2699854/Life-nuclear-war-revealed-Computer-models-reveal-Earth-suffer-20-year-long-winter-worldwide-famine.html#ixzz3ZmwIIez5

Agelbert NOTE: They left a MINOR DETAIL OUT. The price of FOSSIL FUELS WILL GO TO THE MOON AND STAY THERE. Nuclear war is insane, stupid and suicidal. But so is the fossil fuel industry. They have a TRACK RECORD of ignoring, and indeed fostering, climate and human health damaging activities while making us pay the price. So do not be surprized if they think NUCLEAR WAR is a "GOOD DEAL" for them, no matter what they say in public.




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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #28 on: May 18, 2015, 03:19:25 pm »

Shell Oil Caught Planning for Deadly 4 to 6 Degree Rise in Global Temperature byericlewis

Whoopsies  ;).
From The Guardian:

Royal Dutch Shell has been accused of pursuing a strategy that would lead to potentially catastrophic climate change after an internal document acknowledged a global temperature rise of 4C, twice the level considered safe for the planet.

A paper used for guiding future business planning at the Anglo-Dutch multinational assumes that carbon dioxide emissions will fail to limit temperature increases to 2C, the internationally agreed threshold to prevent widespread flooding, famine and desertification.

Instead, the New Lens Scenarios document refers to a forecast by the independent International Energy Agency (IEA) that points to a temperature rise of up to 4C in the short term, rising later to 6C.
...

The Shell document says: “Both our (oceans and mountains) scenarios and the IEA New Policies scenario (and our base case energy demand and outlook) do not limit emissions to be consistent with the back-calculated 450 parts per million (Co2 in the atmosphere) 2 degrees C.”


It adds: “We also do not see governments taking steps now that are consistent with 2 degrees C scenario.”

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/17/shell-accused-of-strategy-risking-catastrophic-climate-change?CMP=share_btn_tw

Surely there's nothing Shell itself could do to try to mitigate global warming. They're just planning realistically for our future! 
 
But seriously, this is disgusting. It shows callous disregard for the planet and all its inhabitants.
Contact Shell and tell them to change their plans:


Mail: P.O. Box 2463, Houston, TX 77252 (Shell Oil Company)
Shell U.S. Switchboard: 713-241-6161 (all Shell U.S. companies)
US Shareholder Services: 888-737-2377
Shell U.S. Media Relations: 713-241-4544
Shell U.S. Trademarks: 888-SHELLTM or 888-743-5586
Shell U.S. Royalties: 281-544-2600


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RW media may not believe climate change is real. (95+ / 0-)
But sure looks like Shell believes it. Smoking gun.
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by RhodeIslandAspie on Sun May 17, 2015 at 04:14:00 PM PDT

Makes the timing of TPP so suspicous, huh?
The people behind it and supporting it are ass holes, too, just as much as companies that will use it to put us on the hook for their destructive failures...again.
by Words In Action on Sun May 17, 2015 at 10:44:54 PM PDT

ALEC
From an associated Guardian article:
"With Shell’s involvement in such controversial areas there is also scrutiny of its lobbying efforts. The Union of Concerned Scientists in the US has started a campaign against Shell over its continued involvement in the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), a rightwing nonprofit organisation that has been criticised for drafting model legislation that denies any human contribution to climate change."

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by northsylvania on Mon May 18, 2015 at 12:48:55 AM PDT

Ass holes (58+ / 0-)
by GANJA on Sun May 17, 2015 at 04:12:25 PM PDT

Ass hole is too nice a word. An ass hole cuts
in front of you in traffic. A sociopath enables mass death on this kind of scale. You can't have a conscience and work in the top rungs of a major oil company in 2015.
by samanthab on Mon May 18, 2015 at 04:06:50 AM PDT



what top rungs are available?

you got me thinking; is there an industry in which sociopathic qualities are not required at the top end?
Finance?
Any type of resource extraction?
Retail?
Politics/military?
Maybe Ben & Jerry?

Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013 UPDATE 2/2015: still true, getting worse. 2014 hottest year ever.

by kamarvt on Mon May 18, 2015 at 05:12:06 AM PDT

Not exactly

Our culture just promotes sociopathy, and rewards it.
If corporate charters could be revoked for serious malfeasance and if the only way to get a tax loophole was to donate money in a pro social manner?
Then it might be different.
We make the USA run...or not... Bring back the general strike!!!
by slouchingdragon on Mon May 18, 2015 at 11:24:59 AM PDT

And that includes the leaders

Of industrialized countries who assist fossil fuel companies in creating that catastrophe.

“If there is no justice for the people, may there be no peace for the government.”
by MrJayTee on Mon May 18, 2015 at 10:29:20 AM PDT
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/17/1385496/-Shell-Oil-Caught-Planning-for-Deadly-4-to-6-Degree-Rise-in-Global-Temperature
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Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #29 on: June 16, 2015, 06:11:22 pm »
Sen. Lindsey Graham has Empathy Deficit Disorder AND a psychopath's sense of humor too. 
Quote
GRAHAM: "I'm gonna get you motivated to want to kill the clay pigeon..."
...

GRAHAM: "Alright, do a Bernie Sanders."

SKEET OPERATOR: "Alright."

GRAHAM: "Pull!"

(SOUND OF GUNSHOT)

GRAHAM: "Sorry about that, Bernie!"

(LAUGHTER)

 


http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/06/14/1393247/-Sen-Lindsey-Graham-Pretend-Shoots-Sen-Bernie-Sanders-with-Shotgun
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