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Summer Gas Shortage Likely for Dumbest Reason

As if you needed more doom and gloom to kick off this week, the National Tank Truck Carriers (NTTC) lobby has confessed that its fleet will go into the next few months operating well below capacity. That means there’s a very good chance that some parts of the country could see gas shortages over the summer. While […] The post Summer Gas Shortage Likely for Dumbest Reason appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Supply Chain, Fuel, Autos, Drivers, Shortage, Fuel Economy, Industry News, Oil Industry, Big Oil, News Blog, National Tank Truck Carriers NTTC, Fuel Shortage, Tanker Operators

Meet the man who spent 2 years on house arrest after suing an oil company.

I first heard the story of Steven Donziger on the fifth season Amy Westervelt's brilliant true crime climate change podcast Drilled! But Esquire also recently published an excellent story about him as well. As of that article's publication, he'd been under house arrest for 590 days after being slapped with an ankle bracelet for the civil misdemeanor of … not turning his laptop over to a corporation he'd defeated in court, because it would be a violation of attorney-client privilege. — Read the r...
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Climate Change, Oil Spill, Chevron, Oil Industry, Esquire, Big Oil, Government Corruption, Climate Justice, Amy Westervelt, Corporate Corruption, Climate Change Is Real, Steven Donziger, Climate Criminals

Oil 2021 Outlook – Oversupply and Lower Demand

  Oil 2021, an analysis by the International Energy Agency (IEA), explains why the pandemic caused the collapse in demand for oil in 2020, and why it may never return to ‘normal’. Our behaviors as individuals and nations have changed due to COVID-19, and the restrictions placed on us during this time. There has also […] The post Oil 2021 Outlook – Oversupply and Lower Demand appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Technology, Global, Green, Environmental, Industry, Electric Vehicles, Emerging Markets, Autos, IEA, Carbon Footprint, Oil Industry, International Energy Agency IEA, International Energy Agency, Big Oil, COVID-19, Oil Surplus

The Trump administration's last-minute attempt to sell off Alaskan drilling rights totally bombed

A small bit of good news that got overshadowed by the rest of the chaos on Wednesday, January 10: Shortly after President Trump lost his bid for re-election, the Trump Administration decided to push through some rushed plans to sell off the oil drilling rights to the previously-protected Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Climate Change, Oil, Alaska, Land Rights, Land Use, Trump, Oil Industry, Public Lands, Big Oil, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Public Land, Trump Administration, Drill Baby Drill

How the oil industry accidentally created autotune

Autotune gets a bad rep. Sure, it's been abused by plenty of artists, notably T-Pain and Cher's "Believe" single. But used as a mild assistive, it can be a great way to punch up a piece of music. Like anything involving computers, it's junk-in, junk-out; with a decent base take, it can elevate a good performance into a great one is almost imperceptible ways. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Audio, Cher, Seismology, Oil Industry, Audio Engineering, Oil Drilling, Music Technology, Autotune, Auto Tune

Gen Z'ers who aspired to work in the oil industry are feeling very sad about their future prospects

The New York Times has a new piece focusing on 4 young 20-somethings who are suddenly questioning their lifelong goals of making bank in the oil and petroleum industries. There's Sabrina Burns, a senior studying petroleum engineering at UT Austin, who has been crushed by the drop in demand for oil and gas, thanks to coronavirus pandemic: Ms. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Oil, New York Times, Petroleum, Oil Industry, Big Oil, Gen Z, UT Austin, Snake Oil, Climate Change Is Real, Zillennials, What's Climate Change Ruining Today, Sabrina Burns

How fossil fuel companies are knowingly scheming to profit from climate change

In early March 2020, New York Magazine published an excellent article the went behind the scenes of a Shell corporate conference. It's a long read, but has continued to haunt me ever since, as journalist Malcolm Harris (author of Kids These Days: Human Capital and the Making of Millennials) chats it up with oil executives who — shockingly — aren't as in denial about climate change as one might expect. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Climate Change, Oil, Renewable Energy, Fossil Fuels, Shell, New York Magazine, Oil Industry, Big Oil, Fossil Fuel Industry, Malcolm Harris, Climate Justice, Climate Crisis, Death Profiteering

Meet the most fossil fuel-friendly member of Biden's cabinet

US Representative Cedric Richmond (D-LA), who served as the national co-chair for the campaign of President-Elect Joe Biden, has been named a senior adviser for the Office of Public Engagement (formerly the Office of Public Liaison). The position deals largely with issues of "public policy" — which, in the Biden administration, means a lot of domestic climate policy. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Climate Change, US, Joe Biden, Fossil Fuels, Biden, Oil Industry, Big Oil, Fossil Fuel Industry, Office of Public Engagement, Climate Crisis, Cedric Richmond, Cedric Richmond D La, Office of Public Liaison, Sunrise Movement

The DoJ allowed an oil company to hide $10 million in political donations as part of its bankruptcy filings

In early 2020, the Denver-based Extraction Oil & Gas company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, hoping to reorganize or otherwise free itself from $1.7 billion in debt. (Because making a billion dollars suddenly disappear is a privilege reserved for corporations, which are people, except when they're not.) — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Corruption, News, Bankruptcy, Citizens United, Dark Money, Corporatism, Denver, Oil Industry, Corporations Are (very Bad) People, Corporate Corruption, Extraction Oil Gas company

Trump says that if Biden is elected, seniors will have 'no air conditioning during the summer'

President Donald Trump campaigns in The Villages, Florida. MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images President Donald Trump said on Friday that Joe Biden's energy plans would result in seniors not having air conditioning in the summer. The president made his comment at The Villages, a sprawling central Florida retirement community dominated by Republicans. Trump is currently underperforming with seniors relative to his first presidential campaign based on multiple national and swing state polls. Tr...
Tags: Florida, Politics, News, Air Conditioning, America, Trends, Energy industry, Joe Biden, Getty Images, Fossil Fuels, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Election 2020

Trump seized on Biden's promise to 'transition away from oil,' but the move away from fossil fuels is nothing new

Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images President Donald Trump attacked former Vice President Joe Biden during Thursday night's debate for promising to "transition from the oil industry." Biden argued that the oil industry, which he said "pollutes significantly," should no longer receive federal subsidies and needs to be replaced by renewable energy "over time." Trump claimed that Biden is "going to destroy the oil industry" and a slew of Republicans attacked Biden over his comments.  The idea that ...
Tags: Energy, Politics, Texas, News, Climate Change, Environment, Trends, Joe Biden, Pennsylvania, Democrats, Gop, House, New York Times, Rick Perry, Oil And Gas, Ohio

Big Oil has been lying about plastic recycling since at least 1974

NPR's Planet Money has a harrowing new story about the plastic recycling industry — specifically, that the entire thing is built on a lie that the oil industry perpetuated for decades, despite knowing that the majority of plastic would never actually get recycled. The industry's awareness that recycling wouldn't keep plastic out of landfills and… Read More
Tags: Post, News, Plastic, Recycling, Npr, Plastic Waste, Oil Industry, Plastics, Big Oil, Corporations Are (very Bad) People

What is a "Bomb Train" and why has the Trump administration legalized them?

From Rolling Stone: A new Trump administration rule relaxing guidelines that govern the transport of liquefied natural gas could create "bomb trains" with enough explosive power to level whole cities, environmental groups say. A coalition of organizations led by the nonprofit Earthjustice has sued the administration, challenging the rule, which is scheduled to go into effect on Monday.  Separately, 14 states and the District of Columbia are also suing the Trump administration to review the ru...
Tags: Post, News, Trains, Fossil Fuels, Explosions, Un, Natural Gas, District Of Columbia, Hiroshima, Trump, Environmental Disasters, Trainwreck, Earthjustice, Oil Industry, National Transportation Safety Board, CLEVELAND Ohio

How funds from major fossil fuel corporations help control police departments

A recent investigation from the Public Accountability Initiative, a nonprofit corporate and government accountability research institute, and its LittleSis database partners breaks down some of the ways that oil producers such as Chevron, Shell, and Wells Fargo are closely intertwined with police departments in cities like Seattle, Chicago, Washington, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. None of this is particularly surprising — whether you've been paying to environmental justice and its disproporti...
Tags: Post, News, Climate Change, Police, US, Alaska, New Orleans, Ohio, Environmentalism, Salt Lake City, Louisiana, Detroit, Shell, Policing, Alley, Environmental Justice

I just learned about the strange history of Exxon-sponsored showtunes

The other day, I retweeted a post from my own band about a collaborative playlist of songs about conspiracy theories. It seemed like a fun promotional exercise, ya know? What's your favorite song about #conspiracytheories? ⠀Add your favorites tunes about the #illuminati or #911truthers or #UFOs or #Qanon or whatever other weird shit you're into to our #playlist:⠀We've already got @therentals @nathanleighsays and more! — The Rol...
Tags: Post, News, America, Exxon Mobil, Propaganda, Mind Control, Exxon, Oil Industry, WFMU, Big Oil, Exxon Knew, Showtunes, Musical Theatre, Exxon Corporation, Full-service Propaganda Machine, Roland High Life

Show trials for fossil fuel execs? Candidates divided on that

My new Bulwark piece: “He does not say what criminal law he thinks they have broken, despite the plain current legality under current law of operating refineries, at-pump gas sales and so forth. But note that Sanders’ language is not forward-looking — it’s retrospective. He’s not just talking about passing some new law and then arresting executives who proceed to violate it. He is talking about prosecuting past lawful behavior…. “America needs a politics with fewer authoritarian impulses, not mo...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, Uncategorized, America, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Crime And Punishment, Oil Industry, WO writings, Climate Deniers To The Wall

“In liberal Takoma Park, a bold new climate proposal: Banning fossil fuels”

Oh! Takoma! “Takoma Park, the liberal enclave just outside Washington known as the ‘Berkeley of the East,’ is debating whether to outlaw gas stoves, leaf blowers and water heaters. The proposal… would ban all gas appliances, close fossil fuel pipelines, and move gas stations outside city limits by 2045. The cost to the average homeowner could reach $25,000, officials wrote.” [Rebecca Tan, Washington Post] Tags: climate change, Maryland, oil industry
Tags: Maryland, Law, Climate Change, Washington, Uncategorized, Berkeley, Oil Industry, East, Takoma Takoma Park, Rebecca Tan Washington Post

Congress Explores Why the Oil Industry’s Climate Denial Is a Civil Rights Issue

I think about climate change in three parts: the causes, the effects, and the response to it all. There are themes that cut across all those, and civil rights is one of them. That’s why the House Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee convened Wednesday to assess the oil industry’s role in fueling the climate…Read more...
Tags: Science, Justice, Congress, Climate Change, House Of Representatives, Civil Rights, Oil Industry, Exxon Knew

Banking and finance roundup

“In the banking world, with which I am familiar, the general belief has been that you disobey supervisory guidance at your peril. That sounds like law and regulation, but without the open process and accountability. Over many years it has certainly felt that way.” [Wayne A. Abernathy, Federalist Society commentary] Some House Democrats use hearings to badger banks into cutting off clients in industry areas like guns, pipeline construction [Zachary Warmbrodt, Politico] New U.S. Chamber Instit...
Tags: Guns, Law, Banks, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, House, Corporate Governance, Oil Industry, Stephen Bainbridge, Regulation And Its Reform, Hester Peirce, Securities Litigation, Ryan Bourne, Andrew J Pincus, Wayne A Abernathy, Zachary Warmbrodt Politico

Oil industry asked to pony up dough to offset climate change expenses in filthy rich Canadian town

Most everyone's losing sleep over what'll happen to our species and the rest of life on earth as human-driven climate change rips our planet a new one. Capitalists? Not so much: some are too busy hustling to ensure that other capitalists pay for the fiscal hurt that the Earth's bid to evict us all is putting on their bottom lines. From The Calgary Herald: In a letter addressed to Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. dated Nov. 15, Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton said the town’s taxpayers “...
Tags: Post, News, Earth, Canada, Natural Gas, Whistler, British Columbia, Rich People, Calgary, Oil Industry, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, Calgary Herald, CNRL, Late Stage Capitalism, what do rich people taste like? Whistler, Jack Crompton

Biofuels mandate: a renewable road to ruin

“A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions.” A New York Times/ProPublica investigation by Abrahm Lustgarten. Excerpt: In the mid-2000s, Western nations, led by the United States, began drafting environmental laws that encouraged the use of vegetable oil in fuels — an ambitious move to reduce carbon dioxide and curb global warming. But these laws were drawn up based on an incomplete accoun...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, Indonesia, Uncategorized, United States, New York Times, Borneo, Oil Industry, Abrahm Lustgarten

Environment roundup

Auto fuel economy standards: “The indirect CAFE program costs the economy at least six times as much as a carbon tax that reduces emissions equivalently.” [Peter Van Doren and Randal O’Toole, Cato] Whether grounded in official discretion or legislation, cash exactions levied on land development should still need to meet constitutional standards [Ilya Shapiro and Reilly Stephens on Cato Institute certiorari amicus brief in Dabbs v. Anne Arundel County] A stumbling block for Boulder: “With Tw...
Tags: New York Post, Law, Climate Change, Colorado, Uncategorized, Epa, Boulder, Environmental Protection Agency, Animal Rights, Cafe, Land Use And Zoning, Oil Industry, Cato Institute, Anne Arundel County, Dabbs, Daniel Fisher

No duty for gas station to paint pavement grooves

“Woman catches her shoe in groove in pavement at Tewksbury, Mass. gas station; she falls, is injured. Woman: The station had a duty to warn me of the danger, perhaps by painting the grooves (which are mandated by state law to contain spills) brightly. First Circuit: There is no such duty. But here’s a Judge Selya vocab quiz for your trouble: pellucid, behoof, animadversions, and rescript.” [John Kenneth Ross, Short Circuit on Potvin v. Speedway LLC] Tags: First Circuit, oil industry No d...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Oil Industry, First Circuit, Speedway LLC, Selya, John Kenneth Ross, Tewksbury Mass, Short Circuit on Potvin

Environment roundup

Organized efforts mount to blockade, shut down, and ban oil and gas infrastructure [David Roberts/Vox; Kevon Paynter] My two cents on Baltimore’s ban on new or expanded crude oil terminals, which follows moves against fuel infrastructure in Oakland and Portland [Free State Notes] Massachusetts judge approves “necessity defense” raised by protesters who blocked work on pipeline [Erin Mundahl, Inside Sources] Related: calls to ban hydrocarbon (even gas) utility generation stir backlash among so...
Tags: Europe, Utilities, Law, Massachusetts, Uncategorized, Gmo, Portland, Oakland, Baltimore, Chevron, Railroads, Bay Area, Oil Industry, Ronald Bailey Reason, Erin Mundahl, Phelim McAleer

Andrew Grossman on municipal climate suits

  In a recent Cato Daily Podcast with Caleb Brown, Cato adjunct scholar Andrew Grossman of Baker & Hostetler discusses the “legally aggressive” new round of climate change litigation, in which municipalities in California and Colorado, as well as New York City, have sued energy producers and distributors seeking to recover damages over the release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. As Grossman notes, the idea of suing over the role of carbon emissions in climate change has by this point b...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Climate Change, Colorado, California, New York City, Uncategorized, European Union, United States, Connecticut, Royal Dutch Shell, Norway, Aep, Oil Industry, Andrew Grossman, Cato

Boulder joins suits demanding climate damages from energy companies

The litigation campaign had previously recruited several California cities and New York City, and now three local governments in Colorado, the City of Boulder, Boulder County, and San Miguel County, are joining in demanding recoupment of moneys spent because of climate change. I’m quoted in Michael Sandoval’s account in Western Wire: Walter Olson, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, told Western Wire that besides pushing for settlement, an additional objective is implementing new regulation ...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, Colorado, California, New York City, Uncategorized, States, Boulder, Oil Industry, Cato Institute, Olson, San Miguel County, Walter Olson, Niskanen Center, Michael Sandoval, Boulder Boulder County

Land use and development roundup

Bay Area, L.A., and D.C. area should take an affordable housing lesson from cities that build: “Houston, Dallas, and NYC: America’s Great 3-Way Housing Supply Race.” [Scott Beyer] All things bright and beautiful/All creatures great and small/All things wise and wonderful/The Commerce Clause reaches ’em all [John-Michael Seibler, Heritage, on Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Tenth Circuit decision upholding as constitutional federal rules requiring owners to preserve Utah prairie dog h...
Tags: Utah, Real Estate, Law, Washington, Uncategorized, America, Endangered Species, Louisiana, WSJ, Land Use And Zoning, Oil Industry, Houston Dallas, Greater Washington, Wikimedia Commons, Stephen Moore, Tenth Circuit

If filing suit charging misrepresentation, don’t misrepresent

Judge scolds California city climate plaintiffs over supposed “smoking gun” memo that was nothing of the sort [Daniel Fisher, Legal Newsline; WSJ editorial] Tags: climate change, oil industry If filing suit charging misrepresentation, don’t misrepresent is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system
Tags: Law, Climate Change, California, Uncategorized, WSJ, Oil Industry, Daniel Fisher

Climate change litigation roundup

Wearing two hats: mayor of Imperial Beach, Calif. suing oil companies is also with an environmentalist group [Ben Wolfgang, Washington Times] “Cross Examination Is Going To Be Brutal” given local officials’ earlier statements [Karen Kidd, Forbes, citing Richard Epstein] Municipalities’ suits ignore important goal of California law “that emissions should be reduced, not simply shifted out of state due to high costs and burdensome regulations” [Dorothy Rothrock (CMTA), Sacramento Bee] Washingt...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, California, Uncategorized, Tyler Cowen, Public Nuisance, Oil Industry, Schwarzenegger, Southeast Texas, Sacramento Bee, Cowen, Richard Epstein, David Yates, IMPERIAL BEACH Calif, Washington Legal Foundation, Ben Wolfgang Washington Times

Environment roundup

“Lolita the killer whale has lived at Miami Seaquarium since 1970. Do the conditions of her confinement, including sharing her tank with dolphins that engage in inappropriate sexual behavior, amount to ‘harm’ and ‘harassment’ in violation of federal statute? The Eleventh Circuit says no.” [John Ross, Short Circuit, on PETA v. Miami Seaquarium] California suit about Prop 65 warnings on coffee grinds on [Sara Randazzo/WSJ, Pierre Lemieux/EconLog, earlier] NYC mayor De Blasio, who recently file...
Tags: Law, Climate Change, California, Animals, Environment, Uncategorized, Bill De Blasio, Peta, Animal Rights, De Blasio, Oil Industry, Seattle Times, Miami Seaquarium, Eleventh Circuit, Big Tobacco, Nuisance