Category Archives: oil politics

Rand Paul Wants to Comfort the Comfortable

The video above comes from ThinkProgress, which runs down Senator Paul’s inflated oil and gas industry employment numbers. But what made me snort was his assertion that American society should “glorify those who make a profit and employ people,” because … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Keystone Jobs

From Media Matters, a survey of FOX News hype about the Keystone XL pipeline and the bazillions of jobs it will supposedly create (.PDF). Don’t be fooled. The project stands to do ecological destruction far greater than any economic benefit. … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon TV: Peak Oil In Our Time

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The Joe Barton apology generator

Joe Barton Would Like To Apologize to: BP, for getting our wetlands in the way of your oil. via Joe Barton Would Like To Apologize.

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We Demand Supervision!

Foreign Policy asks the right question: what can the president actually do about an oil spill? (J)ust because the federal government has the authority to take over doesn’t mean it has the resources to do a better job. Asked by … Continue reading

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The Morning Awful

On the one hand, it’s awful to watch the ongoing fiasco. OTOH, it’s interesting how the whole world is going to have an eye on BP. This is Gibson’s Law in real-time, and that part is kind of exciting.

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Corporate Fascism

“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.” – Benito Mussolini When you hear progressives talk about “corporate fascism,” this is what they mean: private companies in public spaces acting with … Continue reading

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Murkowski’s $375 million BP Bailout

The president has had enough of BP and the Interior Department. It’s a good time for getting mad at Big Oil. But Senate Republicans have been falling all over themselves to woo the industry, and last night Lisa Murkowski (R-BP) … Continue reading

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Interior Damage

The Interior Department was already a mess in 2001 as Bush was sworn in. It spent the next eight years getting so much worse: billions in missing oil & gas fees, corruption, drug use, and mismanagement led to scandal and … Continue reading

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Our Last, Best Hope for Peace

My fellow Americans, the troops are never coming home. The permanent occupation of Iraq is here, dressed up as a happy “relationship” between Iraq and the United States. Don’t say nobody warned you, that no one wanted it, or that … Continue reading

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