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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #75 on: April 01, 2017, 03:51:28 pm »
Exxon Dealt Big Blow  ;D  as Texas Judge Kicks Climate Lawsuit to New York Court

 
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In a decision released Wednesday, ExxonMobil lost its bid to have their complaint against Attorneys General Eric Schneiderman and Maura Healey heard by a sympathetic Texas judge.

"The decision is a major blow to Exxon's efforts to distract from the valid investigations into whether the company lied to the public and its investors about the dangers of global warming," Jamie Henn, 350.org strategic communications director, said.


"Instead of coming up with more bogus legal maneuvers, Exxon should comply with the Attorneys General requests, including handing over Tillerson's secret 'Wayne Tracker' emails."

In an effort to distract from the Attorneys General investigation into if the company lied to its shareholders and the public about its knowledge of global warming, ExxonMobil had filed a complaint asserting that the investigation against it was a politically motivated conspiracy designed to "silence" it. 

Despite his obvious sympathy to the oil giant, U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade was forced to admit in a decision this afternoon that Exxon's complaints against the Attorneys General should be transferred out of Texas to the Southern District of New York because "a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred" in New York City.

As part of its complaint, ExxonMobil had issued a subpoena to 350.org in December in an attempt to gain access to the organization's emails. 350.org promptly filed a motion to quash the subpoena and issued a statement asserting our First Amendment rights to speak out and advocate for the public interest. That motion is currently pending in the Southern District.

Wednesday's decision is a blow for Exxon, who had obviously hoped to fight the Attorneys General on their home turf in Texas rather than comply with the investigation. The announcement comes just days after the embarrassing revelation that while CEO of the company Rex Tillerson used a secret email alias "Wayne Tracker" to discuss climate change and other sensitive issues.

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"The public deserves the truth about what Exxon Knew," Henn said. "The company is arguing we want to silence them, but it's just the opposite: We want them to speak clearly and honestly about their track record of climate denial so we can get to work solving the problem. Instead of continuing to follow the Big Tobacco playbook of deceit and deception, Exxon  should come clean and own up to the damage it's caused."


350.org will keep up pressure on ExxonMobil to comply with the existing investigations, as well as advocate for more Attorneys General to launch their own inquiries into what Exxon knew.

"With Rex Tillerson now guiding our international climate policy as Secretary of State, this case is more important than ever," Henn continued. "If Tillerson used a secret email to discuss Exxon's climate coverup, that would turn out to be an absolute bombshell. We could be on the verge of seeing an acting Secretary of State getting pulled into a fraud investigation. And this isn't just any old fraud: Exxon's crimes are on a planetary scale."

http://www.ecowatch.com/exxon-climate-lawsuit-new-york-2336366166.html


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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #76 on: April 02, 2017, 02:27:14 pm »


March 31, 2017

Behind Michael Flynn's Turkish Lobbying Controversy, An Israeli Gas Pipeline 


AARON MATÉ: It's The Real News. I'm Aaron Maté.

We have covered various aspects of alleged connections between senior Trump Administration officials, and the Russian government, and how strong these connections really are. Michael Flynn was forced out as National Security Advisor, after he lied about his talks with the Russian Ambassador. But Flynn's ties with Turkey have not gotten as much attention. Flynn recently filed papers acknowledging he worked as a foreign agent on behalf of the Turkish government. Flynn was paid more than $500,000 while advising Trump's campaign.

The White House says Trump was unaware ; a claim Flynn's team rejects. Flynn's connection to Turkey also reveals much about the role of natural gas in the political webs of the Middle East. And joining us to discuss is Shir Hever, Real News Correspondent in Germany, Shir, welcome.

SHIR HEVER: Thanks for having me, Aaron.

AARON MATÉ: So, okay, the Flynn controversy around Turkey has been that he was paid by a firm owned by a Turkish-American businessman, to basically help lobby against Fethullah Gülen, this Turkish cleric who's living in exile in the U.S. and who Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan accuses of basically being behind a coup attempt. But you're looking at now Flynn's work on behalf of an Israeli company linked to natural gas, is that correct?


SHIR HEVER: Yes. Actually, this is what the Dutch company Inovo, who is owned by this Turkish-American businessman, is claiming -- that in fact, they were not hired by... they did not hire Flynn in order to get him to release Fethullah Gülen, but in order to promote the interests of an Israeli gas company.

AARON MATÉ: But it is true that Flynn did write an op-ed denouncing Gülen, which would then lend credence to this claim that he was hired by a Turkish national for that purpose.

SHIR HEVER: This may be an additional purpose of his work in Turkey, and it's not completely clear whose interest he would be promoting. What I think is interesting, is that Flynn's very strong position on Iran. He has very anti-Iran sentiments. It actually plays right into the interests of the Israeli natural gas companies, who are trying to sell their natural gas to Turkey.

And Iran is also an exporter of natural gas, but more importantly, Iran is perceived, at least by the Israeli natural gas companies, as somehow supporting the Hamas Party in the Gaza Strip; and therefore, part of the policy of Erdogan towards Israel is very much related to the siege on the Gaza Strip, and this ties directly to the natural gas resource as well.

AARON MATÉ: So, are you suggesting that Flynn's anti-Iran stance is linked to his work on behalf of an Israeli natural gas company?

SHIR HEVER: I don't know what caused his anti-Iran stance. It could also be that an Israeli gas company decided to hire him rather than somebody else, because they found his views on Iran helpful. But the main issue is that there is an obstacle for the Israeli natural gas sector, because of the way that natural gas technology is developed. And there are new natural gas fields that are being revealed and developed the whole time. Gas prices are declining, and the Israeli gas industry is very anxious to find customers.

AARON MATÉ: Ok, so what do we know then, about what Flynn was hired to do on their behalf, if anything?

SHIR HEVER: We know very little. I think what we know more, is about what are the policies of President Erdogan of Turkey, and now because Flynn was doing both at the same time; he was lobbying the Turkish government and working with the Trump campaign team. Then there was the accusation against the Inovo Company saying; well you may have decided to hire Flynn in order to have some kind of influence over the U.S. government, on behalf of the Turkish administration.

So, this makes him a kind of double lobbyist  , working for both sides. The defense that Inovo is now saying to the FBI investigation is -- how could we have known that Trump would win the election? At the time, polls were giving Hillary Clinton an 80% chance of success. But I think, from an economic point of view, even if they put this amount of money for the 20% chance that Trump will become the President, it's a pretty good investment.

AARON MATÉ: Okay, so help set the geopolitical scene here for us. This story that you're looking at has to do with Israeli natural gas interests. How do those interests impact Israeli relations with the U.S., with Turkey, and with, what you mentioned before, Iran? What is happening here geopolitically when it comes to natural gas?

SHIR HEVER: Well, like I said, natural gas is a rapidly developing technology. So, what appeared to be a very expensive and difficult to obtain energy source, is now becoming a very major source of energy for the Middle East, or the entire Mediterranean region. It used to be monopolized mainly by Qatar in the south, and Russia in the north. Russia supplies natural gas to Turkey, for example.

And then there was a discovery by the British company, British Gas, of natural gas offshore of Gaza. And they wanted to develop it as way back as 2000, so 17 years ago, and this was not allowed by the Israeli government -- as part of their siege on Gaza, they did not allow the Palestinians to develop the natural gas. Then nine years later, 2009 the Israeli natural gas companies make a massive discovery of natural gas offshore of Haifa, in Israel's territorial waters. And they rush to try to develop this gas as fast as they can, and try to export it.

But this causes a very serious internal debate within Israel, because the taxes are too low, and it seems that only a very small group of people are set to benefit from the natural gas, while the general Israeli public will not gain anything. So, there are political protests and so on, and these natural gas companies turn out to be extremely political.

That's a very interesting angle, because they're not just out there for the money, but they're out there to exploit the political system in Israel; and the hatred of Arabs basically, in order to try to get popular support for exploiting the gas, even if taxes remain very low.

What they say basically is, that unless the government gives them the right to exploit the gas for very low taxes, they will not exploit the gas. They will not use it, because it's not worthwhile. Then Israel will have to import natural gas from its enemies, meaning Egypt. But here's the problem, Egypt is not an enemy of Israel; actually, the two countries have a peace treaty and they trade with each other.

So, this is a kind of argument that says if you don't allow these companies to make a lot of profit, then you're an Arab-lover. Now, Inovo is saying that the natural gas company--

AARON MATÉ: And Inovo is this company that hired Flynn, just to clarify?

SHIR HEVER: Yes, the Dutch company owned by a Turkish-American businessman. They're saying it was an Israeli natural gas company that hired us. But the FBI is not telling us which company. And the Israeli media which is covering this is just saying, "An Israeli company". But there are only three large gas-drilling companies in Israel, which are even capable of an international deal of this scale. And they're called Ovnow(?), Isramco and Delek. And the fourth company that is also drilling offshore of Israel is actually an American company; it's Texas based  and it's called Noble Energy.

Noble Energy is also related to the regional politics, and it brings the U.S. into the story, because Noble Energy is one of the companies that is actually tied to the Trump Administration. So, here we have another tangent that links the Trump Administration to natural gas coming from Israel. And George Papadopoulos who's Energy Security Advisor appointed by Trump, well, he used to work for the Hudson Institute, as the Hudson Institute gave a prize to the CEO of Nobel Energy, and also put pressure on the Israeli government to develop the natural gas, and to export it as fast as possible.

So, here we see another angle to the story. What I think is... And you asked me how this ties to Iran, how this ties to the geopolitics of the region? No country will want to buy the natural gas from Israel, if they believe the price is going to drop very soon, after they sign a contract. You don't want to buy a product when you expect this product's value to drop, if you just wait a little bit. When will the price of natural gas drop? When the Palestinians in Gaza will be allowed to develop their own natural gas; and then they will compete. And the price can only go down.

And since President Erdogan of Turkey, really put a lot of pressure on Israel, and tried to use his influence to end the siege on Gaza. Which would mean allowing the Palestinians to develop their gas field. He was exactly in the position that he doesn't have any interest to sign a gas deal with Israel. But the Israeli companies are desperate, they need customers, because they planned on selling it to Egypt, and Egypt has just made a big discovery of natural gas, and they're not interested in Israeli natural gas.

AARON MATÉ: Do you think Israel will actually ever allow Palestinians to develop their own natural gas resources?

SHIR HEVER: Obviously, the Israeli government is never going to do this of their own accord. It's only a question of international pressure. And as soon as the international pressure will be strong enough, they will allow it. And actually, now the Israeli Minister of Transportation is promoting this kind of project to build a port/airport on an artificial island offshore of Gaza, in order to sort of allow the siege of Gaza to become a bit more mild, and to reduce the level of responsibility of the Israeli government to what's going on in Gaza. To the humanitarian catastrophe that is unfolding there.

And part of that deal could, of course, include developing the natural gas. The purpose of this, is to get more international legitimacy, and this minister is only going to succeed in its project if there will be international pressure on Israel to actually alleviate the siege.

AARON MATÉ: Which has been pretty absent for many years, as Israel has not allowed much development in Gaza, and in fact, hindered development. But as we wrap, looking at the Flynn investigation, as it goes forward, certainly he's going to continue to get a lot of scrutiny for his alleged Russia ties.

When it comes to this story, this Turkish natural gas connection, what are you looking for when it comes to questions you want to see answered, as Flynn's foreign ties receive more and more attention? Quickly.

SHIR HEVER: Yeah, I think we need to know: which company has hired Inovo to hire Flynn on their behalf? Why they thought they need a security expert, a former general, to do a job, which is basically an economic job? So, this is a very important angle to this -- why is this story about energy, turning to be a story about military officers?

   And I think it's also interesting to see -- how was the Trump Administration considering the whole issue of natural gas, when the Trump energy policy seems to hinge mainly on coal? Natural gas was more associated with the Hillary Clinton campaign. And so, she considered it to be a kind of transition fuel towards renewable energy, and this is a very controversial issue, because natural gas is not really a transition fuel.

But this sheds a certain light on everything, and also the appointment of George Papadopoulos, that actually the interests here were not to develop a kind of energy source, but to form political ties for the United States, and for Israel; and in a kind of competition over regional dominance against Russia.

AARON MATÉ: Shir Hever, Real News correspondent in Germany -- thanks very much for joining us today.

SHIR HEVER: Thanks for having me.

AARON MATÉ: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=18791

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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #77 on: April 02, 2017, 02:48:27 pm »


March 31, 2017

Oil Industry Misleading Shareholders on Future Fossil Fuel Demand, Report Says

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Charlie Kronick is the Senior Programme Advisor for Greenpeace in the UK and the Global lead on finance and investment for the oil industry, focused for most of the last decade on energy and climate change related issues; and on the risks to capital markets from investment in high carbon infrastructure.




 

http://therealnews.com/t2/story:18775:Oil-Industry-Misleading-Shareholders-on-Future-Fossil-Fuel-Demand%2C-Report-Says


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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #79 on: May 09, 2017, 03:38:43 pm »
 
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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #80 on: May 09, 2017, 09:12:57 pm »
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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #81 on: May 20, 2017, 07:03:33 pm »
Koch brothers plan 'multimillion-dollar' drive to push tax cuts for themselves and their businesses 

By Hunter   

Saturday May 20, 2017 ·  4:01 PM EDT

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SNIPPET:

The Koch brothers have been largely sidelined in the news these days by, well, everything else, but that doesn't mean the pair of billionaire influence-buyers hasn't been busy. Donald Trump may have not been their first, second, or tenth preference to lead the conservative movement but they'll be dead in the cold, cold ground before they miss an opportunity to push through another round of tax cuts aimed specifically at benefiting themselves and their own businesses.

In a major jolt of support for President Trump, the powerful political network overseen by conservative billionaire Charles Koch is launching a multimillion-dollar campaign to drive Trump's tax plan through Congress.



http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/20/1663767/-Koch-brothers-plan-multimillion-dollar-drive-to-push-tax-cuts-for-themselves-and-their-businesses
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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #82 on: May 26, 2017, 07:15:05 pm »

 

What Did Exxon and CEO Rex Tillerson Know and What Did They Do About It?


Published on May 25, 2017

Rex Tillerson now acknowledges climate change science, but as CEO of Exxon Mobile did he do anything about it? The New York State Attorney General wants to know says Investigative journalist David Hasemeyer

Agelbert NOTE: What will eventually come out is that Exxon AND every other fossil fuel Industry greed ball out there figured out way back in 1977 (or as far back as 1968!) that, yes they were polluting the planet and would be eventually forced to stop doing that.

However, even as they came to that realization, the FACT that they had to change to a clean energy business model gave them heartburn when they looked hard at the energy generating  process where they could no longer use the air, land and sea as an open sewer  ("externalized" cost somebody else would have to pay).  They came to the conclusion that Renewable Energy would NEVER provide the gargantuan profits they were used to with their polluting product. Actually having to abide by biosphere math, along with making Renewable Energy technology devices that people could take home and get energy when people wanted, not when Big Oil wanted, was very upsetting to their inner fossil fueler psychopath.
   


WHY? BECAUSE they could NOT obtain a choke hold on the Renewable Energy spigot. It is also rather difficult to start wars and create price shock bonanzas from "scarcity" of wind or solar. Renewable Energy is bad for the WAR BUSINESS. War has always been GooD for the fossil fuel price shock "fun and games".

The bean counters in Big Oil realized that there is a huge distributed and democratized element to Renewable Energy. IOW, trying to centralize Renewable Energy would be like herding cats. So, they decided to DELAY the transition to Renewable Energy as long as possible through a malicious disinformation campaign specifically directed at doubting the science (i.e. discredit  climate scientists) that Exxon KNEW was accurate. 


To add criminal insult to mens rea injury, these fossil fuel crooks and liars PRETENDED to "embrace" SOME renewable energy (see British Petroleum HEAD FAKE to "Beyond Petroleum") while they were ACTUALLY doubling down on exploring for and exploiting new locations of, fossil fuels.


That's right, boys and girls. The fossil fuel corporations have spent FAR MORE MONEY THAN WAS NEEDED TO TOTALLY TRANSITION their business model to Renewable Energy in searching for increasingly difficult to obtain fossil fuels. The behavior of these fossil fuelers is not just irresponsible, it is criminal. 

In criminal law, KNOWING an action will cause severe bodily harm to humans AND DECIDING TO DO IT ANYWAY, even though you have the money to change to clean energy, is called MALICE AFORETHOUGHT (MENS REA). IOW, Exxon and their partners in pollution for profit crime have been committing FRAUD based on profit over people and planet since at least 1977!

For them to claim (the old "we are a corporation" TRICK) it was their "fiduciary duty" to "maximize profit" and stick with fossil fuels is like saying we have a "fiduciary duty" to rob a bank because it beats working for the money.

Prison is too good for those fossil fuel corporate bastards. BUT, it would be a good start;D


The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing, human health depleting 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: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #83 on: June 01, 2017, 09:27:13 pm »

June 1, 2017

A Personal Take on The Modern History of Iraq - RAI with Sabah Alnasseri (5/6)

On Reality Asserts Itself, Prof. Alnasseri says Trump's strategy is to use the war against ISIS as an excuse to build up US troop levels in Iraq to control the oil and create a pro-American government.


http://therealnews.com/t2/story:19224:A-Personal-Take-on-The-Modern-History-of-Iraq---RAI-with-Sabah-Alnasseri-%2856%29
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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #84 on: June 02, 2017, 08:47:44 pm »
Paris Exit Was 'Victory Paid and Carried Out' by Republican Party for the Koch Brothers

The 22 Republican senators who sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week urging the United States' withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement received more than $10 million dollars in campaign funds from fossil fuel interests.

The two-page letter was signed by a number of Republican heavyweights from coal/gas/oil-rich states, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Ted Cruz of Texas.

The Guardian calculated that the 22 senators received a total of $10,694,284 from oil, gas and coal money in just five years. (See the breakdown below.)

However, that sum does not even come close to the amount of undisclosed funds coming from the deep pockets of Charles and David Koch's coal, oil and gas conglomerate, Koch Industries, and other outside groups.

As the Guardian explains:

"Visible donations to Republicans from those industries exceeded donations to Democrats in the 2016 election cycle by a ratio of 15-to-1, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. And that does not include so-called dark money passed from oil interests such as Koch industries to general slush funds to re-elect Republicans such as the Senate leadership fund.

"At least $90m in untraceable money has been funneled to Republican candidates from oil, gas and coal interests in the past three election cycles, according to Federal Election Commission disclosures analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics."

Jeffrey Sachs, professor of economics and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, shared recently his views on Trump's climate walkout.

In an interview with Bloomberg Surveillance, Sachs referenced the senators' letter and specifically cast blame on the billionaire oil barons for pulling the strings of Republican party leaders such as McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who both supported exiting the Paris accord.

"This is the victory paid and carried out for 20 years by two people, David and Charles Koch," Sachs said. "They have bought and purchased the top of the Republican party. Trump is a tool in this."

Notably, most of the Republican signatories of the letter do not support the belief that human activity contributes to climate change.

During an appearance on MSNBC, Democratic Sen. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts explained why he thinks his Republican colleagues do not believe in the science of climate change.

"This Conservative party in the United States is funded by the Koch brothers [and] it's funded by the coal industry," Markey said. "[They] insist that Scott Pruitt—the Attorney General of Oklahoma that actually sued the EPA 19 times on clean air, clean water, soot, mercury issues—becomes the head of the EPA in our country."


The 22 Republican signatories' funding from Big Oil, Gas and Coal in the past three election cycles (2012, 2014 and 2016):

James Inhofe, Oklahoma

Oil & gas: $465,950 + Coal: $63,600 = $529,550

John Barrasso, Wyoming

Oil & gas: $458,466 + Coal: $127,356 = $585,822

Mitch McConnell, Kentucky

Oil & gas: $1,180,384 + Coal: $361,700 = $1,542,084

John Cornyn, Texas

Oil & gas: $1,101,456 + Coal: $33,050 = $1,134,506

Roy Blunt, Missouri

Oil & gas: $353,864 + Coal: $96,000 = $449,864

Roger Wicker, Mississippi

Oil & gas: $198,816 + Coal: $25,376 = $224,192

Michael Enzi, Wyoming

Oil & gas: $211,083 + Coal: $63,300 = $274,383

Mike Crapo, Idaho

Oil & gas: $110,250 + Coal: $26,756 = $137,006

Jim Risch, Idaho

Oil & gas: $123,850 + Coal: $25,680 = $149,530

Thad Cochran, Mississippi

Oil & gas: $276,905 + Coal: $15,000 = $291,905

Mike Rounds, South Dakota

Oil & gas: $201,900 + Coal: none = $201,900

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Oil & gas: $170,215 + Coal: $82,571 = $252,786

John Boozman, Arkansas

Oil & gas: $147,930 + Coal: $2,000 = $149,930

Richard Shelby, Alabama

Oil & gas: $60,150 + $2,500 = $62,650

Luther Strange, Alabama (Appointed in 2017, running in 2017 special election)

Total: NA

Orrin Hatch, Utah

Oil & gas: $446,250 + Coal: $25,000 = $471,250

Mike Lee, Utah

Oil & gas: $231,520 + Coal: $21,895 = $253,415

Ted Cruz, Texas

Oil & gas: $2,465,910 + Coal: $103,900 = $2,569,810

David Perdue, Georgia

Oil & gas: $184,250 + Coal: $0 = $184,250

Thom Tillis, North Carolina

Oil & gas: $263,400 + Coal: $0 = $263,400

Tim Scott, South Carolina

Oil & gas: $490,076 + Coal: $58,200 = $548,276

Pat Roberts, Kansas

Oil & gas: $388,950 + Coal: $28,825 = $417,775


https://www.ecowatch.com/koch-brothers-paris-agreement-2430226599.html
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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #85 on: June 05, 2017, 08:43:06 pm »
Paris Climate Accords Withdrawal Bought And Paid For By Koch Brothers & Friends

June 5th, 2017 by Steve Hanley

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Remember those 22 Senators who wrote an impassioned letter to alleged president Trump recently, urging him to withdraw from the Paris climate accords? According to The Guardian, that group has received a total of $10 million from the Koch Brothers and other fossil fuel interests over the past 5 years.

Big Money   In Climate Accords Debate


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https://cleantechnica.com/2017/06/05/paris-climate-accords-withdrawal-bought-paid-koch-brothers-friends/

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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #86 on: June 25, 2017, 03:31:19 pm »


Utility CEOs Try to Rob Shareholders of Rights to Express Climate Concerns

Sunday, June 25, 2017

By David Pomerantz, Energy and Policy Institute | News Analysis


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Group Flush With Fossil Fuel  and Utility CEOs    Led Call for Language

A group of CEOs which often lobbies for policies that support the fossil fuel industry, the Business Roundtable, has led the effort to insert the language restricting shareholders' rights. The group sent a letter to Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn advocating for the changes. The letter also called for delaying the EPA's rules to protect people from harmful ozone pollution, called for an overhaul of the Clean Power Plan, and called for the complete reversal of the Waters of the US rule to prevent pollution of streams, rivers and lakes. Those are all positions that other utility industry trade groups have fought, while individual utilities have sought to avoid the publicity of attacking popular anti-pollution rules.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41047-utility-ceos-try-to-rob-shareholders-of-rights-to-express-climate-concerns

Agelbert NOTE: Why do the fossil fuelers never grow tired of avoiding responsibility and accepting their liability? Why do they keep doubling down on fossil fuels instead of transitioning rapidly to Renewable Energy (they have had the Capital to do that, in less than a decade, for at least 25 years!)?

SEE BELOW:


But the basis of their 'greed is IT' loyalty to polluting practices suicidal rationale is found in their fascist ideology/religion:

He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matt 10:37

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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #87 on: July 24, 2017, 01:35:50 pm »

Environmental devastation, ruined economy and deteriorating health afflict Bodo community years after Shell oil spill.

Bodo Village, Nigeria - In 2008 and 2009, a 55-year-old pipeline owned by Shell ruptured twice, throwing up 600,000 barrels, according to UK court claims, of crude oil into the surrounding creeks of the Niger Delta.


In 2015, after many years of battles with campaigners, Shell announced it would pay out $83.2m in compensation for the spill. This was split up among the community. Most families received about 600,000 naira ($3,000). Yet after more than eight years that have passed, the community is still waiting desperately for the cleanup efforts promised to them. The creeks and shores of this once thriving fishing community remain decimated by the oil damage.




In January 2017, a British court blocked a lawsuit brought against the Anglo-Dutch Shell company by the devastated Nigerian communities, saying it must be filed in Nigeria. 

On January 26, 2017, as reported by the Associated Press, Kay Holtzmann, the former director of the project funded by Shell to clean up the oil spills, wrote a letter saying there are "astonishingly high" levels of pollution affecting the Nigerian community.


The letter was addressed to the chairperson of the Bodo Mediation Initiative, Inemo Samiama,  and outlined the potential health effect of the contamination on the Bodo community. "Although the locals are accustomed to their environment they are exposed to hazards and especially negative long-term effects on their health are unpredictable. The results dictate the need for a health screening of the Bodo people," Holtzmann stated.

Joyful Paango, a resident in Bodo village, says she and her family have struggled with their health since the spill. She is concerned for her six younger siblings, who have been directly affected by the contamination. "I pray that God will take me and my family from Bodo one day."







http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2017/07/long-term-effects-oil-spills-bodo-nigeria-170717090542648.html



The fossil fuel Industry is kiilling us all over the world, not just in Nigeria.


Response by the fossil fuel industry to the above irrefutable evidence of their criminal polluting profit over people and planet behavior:




He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matt 10:37

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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #88 on: August 04, 2017, 02:42:46 pm »
 


AZ Investigation Reveals Shadier Side    of Anti-Solar Utilities    

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single utility in possession of an anti-solar regulatory board, must be doing something shady.

Over the last several years, the Arizona Public Service Company (APS), the largest power provider in the state, has tried thwarting rooftop solar by getting utility-friendly candidates elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission, which regulates the state’s utilities. Now, APS is reportedly being investigated by the FBI for its political spending.

In 2014, APS allegedly funded a political nonprofit that supported the candidacy of two utility-friendly Republican candidates for the regulatory commission. For most of its long history, APS steered clear of politics. But, in recent years, APS helped turn a bipartisan regulatory commission into a panel of anti-solar Republicans through targeted political spending.

The investigation kicked off after the former chairman of the regulatory commission, Gary Pierce, was indicted for allegedly raising the rates for a water and sewer company in exchange for payments to his wife. The FBI probe of Pierce led to an inquiry into APS, which had allegedly tried to influence Pierce by contributing to his son’s campaign for Arizona secretary of state.

The allegations of wrongdoing suggest the lengths to which embattled utilities are willing to go to protect their interests. It’s not that utilities oppose solar power, per se — many are investing in large-scale solar projects, but many utilities are opposed to customers generating their own electricity and selling it to the grid. Think of APS like a grocer who doesn’t want home gardeners selling vegetables in the town square — except this grocer enjoys a government-sanctioned monopoly.

The FBI investigation will likely be lengthy, and may not result in anything. But if it does, it could be game over for the APS monopoly.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/money/business/energy/2016/07/06/fbi-questions-clean-energy-advocacy-group-az-corporation-commission-inquiry/86757378/

https://www.desmogblog.com/2016/07/08/how-arizona-corporation-commission-turned-anti-solar-just-few-years

Agelbert NOTE: Fossil fuel industry response to the above "fake" news:

 
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matt 10:37

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Re: Re: Fossil Fuel Skulldugggery
« Reply #89 on: August 25, 2017, 09:23:05 pm »
Thom Hartmann Book Club - Dark Money by Jane Mayer


Aug. 25, 2017 8:47 am

Thom reads an excerpt from Jane Mayer's book, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Matt 10:37

 

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