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So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12

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March 29, 2022


Methane 🦕 Gas 👿 Industry Turning Up Heat on Induction Stove and Electrify Everything Campaigns

Stoves that burn dirty methane gas, which the industry wants you to think of as “natural,” are, it turns out, dirtier than electric stoves, because burning stuff is generally not great for your lungs. Homes with gas stoves have approximately 50% to more than 400% higher average concentrations of NO2 pollution than homes with electric stoves, which among other things, can lead to elevated COVID19 death rates. One research team found 12% of all childhood asthma could be attributed to gas stoves, while another calculated that kids in homes with methane stoves are 42% more likely to suffer asthma symptoms. Another study from UCLA found that replacing residential gas appliances in California would save $3.5 billion in reduced health costs alone.   

It’s not surprising that the industry is fighting back, but we are a little shocked by how bad their arguments are. 

Three recent pieces characterize the industry’s rebuttal, and like its denial of climate science, the disinfo here is particularly thin and embarrassing. Media Research Center, recently posted, “environmentalists deserve to lose their war on natural gas,” and while MRC is all about criticizing green group funding, they don’t seem keen to disclose their own history of Koch funding. MRC also doesn’t actually provide any counter-arguments, just a list of complaints about environmentalists successfully pushing to “electrify everything.” 

Meanwhile at the 🐍 Cato Institute, the intellectual vacuum that remains after it had to close its climate (disinfo) program, is making itself felt, as the latest issue of its Regulation magazine has a piece asking “Why kill natural gas” that tries, and fails, to mount a defense. 

How badly does it fail? Well, 🐍 Kenneth Costello writes a section on how “the benefits of natural gas exceed the costs,” which contains zero actual figures of costs, and lists dubious benefits like “abundant domestic availability” and “low prices for the foreseeable future.” Apparently Costello didn’t get the memo about prices being so high the Biden administration should cut regulations!

In fact, Costello manages to dodge the price issue throughout, never once mentioning the actual cost of methane gas these days, though he implies it. For example, a paragraph that begins with a sentence about how “in economic terms, a gas ban fails miserably,” but then it switches to the climate terms, not economic. And “as public policy,” Costello scribbles, “a ban is off the charts as being exceptionally bad.” There is no chart of “policy bad,” but he instead complains that gas in homes and buildings is “less than 9%” of US emissions, which as a country is 15% of global emissions, so in all, electrifying buildings “reduces worldwide emissions by less than 1.5%.”

Now, considering that global emissions must drop 100%, getting every 1.5% matters just as much as any other, thus defeating this argument.

But since one country acting on one part of a global problem doesn’t solve that global problem, it’s bad policy? Yes, for Costello, at least. “GHG emissions mitigation is a global public good. It can’t benefit anyone without benefiting everyone, and no matter how much one country or region benefits, there always are benefits for others. So, even if a natural gas ban has a detectable effect on climate change, the locale implementing it would receive a trivial share of the global benefits.”

The best argument Costello could come up with as for why kicking a methane gas addiction is bad, is that its benefits are global!   

Seems the $2,163,000 the Koch Institute gave Cato in 2020 (the latest year available) was not sufficient to maintain any sort of coherent climate argument through to 2022. 

Similarly, past Koch money for RealClearEnergy seems to have triggered an echo of Cato, with its own defense of “natural gas: essential for American’s [sic] cleaner energy future.” What’s interesting about this isn’t its projection-dripping line about “biased media coverage” regarding methane stoves’ health and climate impacts, or its copying of the industry’s propaganda attacking the science showing those risks, or even its requisite delivery of the industry’s talking point that “Americans love natural gas and the affordable, reliable and clean benefits it delivers.” 

What’s interesting is that it’s bylined simply as “The Editors at RealClearEnergy,” one of only two pieces there by “The Editors”, with the other being an aggregated link out to a Bloomberg editorial. According to its “About” page, unlike the RealClear pages for Defense, Politics, Investigations, Religion, Science, Life, Markets, World, Policy, and Education, there is no editor listed for RealClearEnergy. 

So who wrote this editorial? Well, an 🦖 oil industry 😈 PR person most likely, but who put it up on RCE? Because up until last summer, Jude Clemente was bylined as “the editor of RealClearEnergy” for a post at RealClearPolitics. Note the singular “the”- he worked alone! 

Same for prior bylines for posts back at the Energy vertical, save for that one time it read “Jude Clemente is editor at RealClearEnergy” so it’s unclear if he was “an” or “the” editor, but it does seem that the editor’s unedited byline is an indication of his abilities, as now he’s neither, and instead relegated to posting on Forbes once a month or so.
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April 19, 2022


🦖 Wall Street Journal Pushed More Climate Disinfo During Putin’s Fossil-Fueled Invasion Of Ukraine Than It Has In Any Month Since 2009

Here’s a fun fact! According to our records of more than 1,000 editorials, op-eds and columns, the Wall Street Journal’s opinion page published more climate disinformation in March than it has in any month in more than 10 years: Twenty-six pieces covered for the fossil fuel industry’s massive profits resulting from the pandemic and Putin’s fossil fueled war on Ukraine, and otherwise advanced pro-industry propaganda. 

The last time climate got so much play in the WSJ opinion pages, it was in 2009 when the Journal pushed “climategate” disinformation. That December during the Copenhagen climate COP negotiations, the Journal ran 28 op-eds, columns and editorials, 24 of which were a who's-who of climate disinfo, featuring Pat Michaels and Bjorn Lomborg, false attacks on climate science, and cheering political obstruction of climate policy and negotiations. The month kicked off with a column by Bret Stephens advancing the climategate lie and an op-ed by Richard Lindzen headlined “The Climate Science Isn’t Settled.” 

In the years since, the Journal has churned out plenty of climate hit pieces, like Steve Koonin’s 2014 WSJ op-ed with the Lindzen-like headline “Climate Science Is Not Settled” (Couldn’t it at least come up with something new?), which Koonin then used for the title of his 2021 “Unsettled” book (Guess not…). 

Most of the time, the quantity of content ranges from a handful to around a dozen pieces a month, with November and December, COP season, generally being the busiest. Climate disinfo during the Trump years was a bit less frequent than when there was policy to oppose under the Biden and Obama administrations.   

The Journal more or less kept up that cadence until October of 2021, when in just three weeks, it ran 21 pieces on the UN COP negotiations and high gas prices, and every one pushed industrial disinformation. 

In November 2021, it published a dozen pieces, just one of which, by U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, wasn’t full of fossil fuel disinformation. There were nine in December (all dumb), fifteen in January (uniformly uninforming), and 16 in February, as the Russian invasion began.   

This set up the disinfo boom in March, when the opinion page ran 26 pieces of fossil fueled disinformation. 

On March 1st, a WSJ editorial blamed Europeans for buying Russian oil. The Journal then ran two pieces on the 4th promoting fossil fuels and attacking Biden, and rounded out the week with an anti-ESG op-ed (denierland’s new hobby horse). 

On March 8th, the Editorial Board ran editorials criticizing renewables and Biden’s climate and energy agenda. On the 11th they ran another one headlined “Democrats for Higher Gas Prices” and an op-ed by birdbrained Robert Bryce blaming California for high gas prices, “not Moscow.” 

Apparently the Journal is playing to an audience eager to attack Democrats for trying to save the planet from fossil fuels instead of a petro-dictator committing war crimes. 

On the 13th the Journal ran an op-ed claiming “Biden’s War on Oil Hits Consumers” by oil tycoon Harold Hamm, who has made so much money off of consumers he’s got to dodge taxes to pass it to his children and whose fracking company is returning billions to shareholders based on profits made by high prices.   

Then on March 14th came a full Opinion page press, with editorial writer Gerard Baker running a column attacking Biden for blaming Putin for recent inflation; an editorial echoing the one it ran days earlier, but this time more specific because recycling ideas is easy: Whitmer Wants Higher Gas Prices. Another editorial praised Joe Manchin for opposing Sarah Bloom Raskin’s appointment to the Fed because praising fossil fuel millionaires is important content; and a final editorial calling on Biden to deregulate the fossil fuel industry, just in case anyone wasn’t sure where the paper stood in relation the industry (under its boots, tongue out). 

The next day the Journal ran a piece blaming climate policy for oil and gas prices, and another dancing on Raskin’s Fed appointment grave. (The sole exception to the onslaught of climate lies on the WSJ opinion page the entire month was an op-ed on March 2nd rebutting the industry’s false attacks against Raskin, whose mere nomination is still cited as a reason for high fuel prices.)

On March 17th, the WSJ opinion page featured yet another combo of Biden/climate attacks and oil/gas defense. And on the 20th, it gave space to some Republicans to complain about the SEC’s overdue decision to require companies to disclose climate risks, which it followed up with an editorial on the 21st making the same points, because propaganda and disinformation is only effective when repeated. That’s why we’ll breeze past the last bunch, as they’re largely repeats, like an energy lawyer shamelessly using Ukraine to attack FERC, and the closing act, stalwart climate disinfo pro Bjorn Lomborg. 

Halfway through April, and the Journal appears back on pace for more like 18 disinfo opinion pieces this month, suggesting we’re past the peak for the Wall Street Journal’s Putin-excusing and petro-praising propaganda push. 
 

We’ll call it a Special Disinformation Operation. And unlike Putin’s so-called Special Military Operation, this one might be succeeding.
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May 2, 2022


Daily Caller Has A Facebook-Approved Fact Checker, But Is Now Run By Koch-Trained Career Disinformer Michael Bastasch.



The Daily Caller has a fact checking project called Check Your Fact, that Facebook considers legitimate and both it and Daily Caller look like a legitimate news organization. They're not. The Daily Caller is once again a Koch propaganda machine, as the new Managing Editor for the Daily Caller’s News Foundation is Michael Bastasch, whose entire career, save for a stint at Fox News, has been Koch-dependent. We noted his new position in early April, and a month later can confirm Bastasch is back at publishing climate disinformation through the Daily Caller. 

If you need a reminder, Bastasch has zero real journalism experience or training. Instead, as we noted back in 2016 before he deleted his LinkedIn profile, he’s got a degree in politics, followed by internships at the Charles Koch Institute and various other Koch propaganda appendages, including a journalism training fellowship at the Daily Caller and something called the American Journalism Institute, which sounds legit, but more on that momentarily.   

Now, to be fair, Bastasch hasn’t been 100% addicted to Koch, nor has Daily Caller. From 2019 to 2022, he was a writer for Fox News, which might be considered journalism experience, except he was at the opinion program Ingraham Angle, which is … not news so much as school shooting conspiracies, mask/covid disinfo, climate denial, and violent political propaganda. 

So that’s who’s steering the ship now over at the “oops we kept hiring white nationalists” Daily Caller News Foundation, where “all complaints about a story’s accuracy or fairness must be taken seriously,” according to its About page, where they say they’re “committed to giving everybody a fair hearing if they believe a story is unfair or incorrect.”

Oh really? Yes, “complaints about a story should be emailed to MichaelBastasch@DailyCallerNewsFoundation.org. If a correction is warranted it will be published as soon as possible. Serious errors will be highlighted at the top of a story.” 

Now that’s particularly rich, because Bastasch has embraced a stinging criticism of his work as a point of pride on his Twitter bio, which reads “Critics used to say this of my reporting: ‘You can't prove it false’,” characteristically cherry-picking a quote out of context. 

The context for that snippet? Susan Joy Hassol described how “you can really mislead people without outright lying, and in a way that’s more dangerous. You can't prove it false; you can't say what they've said is inaccurate, that it's a lie; you can't say any of that. Then somebody would have to say it's true — well, it's not true because it's not the whole truth."

So the criticism that what the Daily Caller is doing is worse than simply lying, because they’re selectively presenting facts to create a false argument (known as “paltering”) in a way that can’t be innocent or unintentional, and in fact is a deliberate lie. 

And that’s exactly what Bastasch embraces. It’s how he was taught to do “journalism,” during his fellowship at the Daily Caller with the American Journalism Institute, which has its curriculum online. In “It’s Not Easy Being Green” class, the propagandists-in-training will be treated to “a look at environmental regulations and the well-funded network of environmentalists who champion them. This will include an examination of the Republican-created Environmental Protection Agency, the burgeoning taxpayer-funded green jobs industry, and the consequences of European attempts to “‘green’ their economies.”

You know, just like in real journalism school!

Since his return to lead the Daily Caller, the climate content has taken a turn towards explicit climate disinformation. Gone are the lazy rewrites of AP and other news outlets’ coverage of climate and energy events, and back are the Bastasch-era dressing-ups of Republican and Koch propaganda and industry talking points, like tobacco lawyer/climate denier Steve Milloy’s prebunked disinfo-op-ed calling Biden “the ultimate energy wrecking ball.” 

Someone should send them an email, surely as a very real journalist at an outlet dedicated to serious and ethical reporting, Bastasch will honor their commitment to accuracy and retract it, before the Daily Caller’s very objective fact checkers have to debunk it!

How embarrassing would that be? You know, if any of them were actually journalists or capable of feeling shame!

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May 25, 2022


Ad'ing Insult to Injury: 🦖 Big Oil Ran 761 Ads Exploiting Russian Invasion Of Ukraine To Push Agenda


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"As InfluenceMap's analysis reveals," Clean Creatives founder Christine Arena said, "the kind of climate disinformation proliferating since the invasion of Ukraine is more misleading, widespread, and dangerous" than traditional climate denial, and this version is happening "with direct participation from 🦖😈💰industry CEOs and a nearer-term impact on public policy.”

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June 13, 2022


2 Key Steps To Clean Up Climate Denial: Define Disinformation, Deplatform It


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Today we're turning to the really fun stuff, the top two of seven recommendations to clean up climate disinfo described in "Deny, Deceive, Delay: Documenting and Responding to Climate Disinformation at COP26 and Beyond." ... ...

And those 🦕👿🦖😈🐍 working the outrage economy thanks to the fossil fuel industry's support have certainly figured out how to game the social algorithms. One of the report's case studies found that "In the period from October 25 to November 21 2021, the tweets and quote tweets of just 16 Twitter accounts amassed a total 507,000 likes and retweets (“interactions”) on climate narratives alone." Those super-spreaders are well-known names to readers here, including holocaust denier 👿 Peter Sweden/Imanuelsen, Koch contractor 🦖 John Stossel, Homeless harasser 🐍 Michael Shellenberger, P.O. Box 🦖 Bjorn Lomborg, Obama birther and Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist  👿 Tony Heller, and Round-up refuser 😈 Patrick Michaels.

Given their many non-climate interests, the report noted that "Repeat offenders have often spread mis- or disinformation on multiple topics . This is most clearly observed in the number of high-traction accounts sharing misleading claims on climate and COVID-19, but encompasses a wider range of issues - from anti-vaxx sentiment and genocide denial to conspiracies such as QAnon, the Great Reset and electoral fraud. This should provide an even greater incentive for platforms to act, since an effective response against such accounts could have a ‘force multiplier’ effect and mitigate harm in multiple areas."

Turns out people who lie about climate change also lie about other stuff, which isn't exactly a huge finding, but it is a huge reason why social media companies should remove users who habitually make their websites a toxic and disinformation-filled mess.

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The thoughts of the righteous are right: but the counsels of the wicked are deceit. Proverbs 12:5 King James Version
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Southern California News Group By BROOKE STAGGS | bstaggs@scng.com |
PUBLISHED: August 24, 2022 at 10:28 a.m. | UPDATED: August 24, 2022 at 11:43 a.m.

Rep. Katie Porter wants to block tax credits for 😈🦖 marketing that promotes oil and gas

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Big 🦖 Oil has been 😈 lying to the American people for decades about the damage they’re causing our environment,” said Porter, who chairs the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. “It’s bad enough these corporations poison the planet; they shouldn’t get taxpayer dollars to  cover it up.” ... ...
Critics call these “taxpayer subsidies” and have fought to get such benefits removed for the five major oil companies: ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Chevron and ConocoPhillips. Those same oil companies and their defenders argue that such tax incentives are standard and encourage investment in a high-cost industry. ... ...

So what exactly would Porter’s bill 🗽 do?

Advertising is a traditional business expense and most companies are allowed a tax deduction for a portion of what they spend on it. But the tax code has a long list of expenses that can’t be deducted, from golden parachute payments to profits from “the illegal sale of drugs.” (That last clause is why cannabis businesses can’t deduct expenses even if they have state licenses, since cannabis remains illegal at the federal level.)

Porter’s End Subsidies for Fossil Fuel Advertising Act would add marketing that encourages the “extraction, distribution, and consumption of oil and gas and their derivatives” to the list of business expenses that can’t be deducted.

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September 22, 2022

Manchin Fossil 🦖 Fuel 💰 Streamlining Bill Panned By Dems 🤔, GOP 🤔: Coal millionaire and West Virginia senator Joe Manchin III released his long-awaited bill on Wednesday to streamline the construction of fossil fuel projects including methane gas pipelines.
House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raul Grijalva: The bill resembled a draft that had been leaked months ago. 📢 The very fact that this fossil fuel brainchild is being force-fed into must-pass government funding speaks to its unpopularity. I don’t want this.
The bill was promised to Manchin by Sen. Majority Leader 🐍 Chuck Schumer during the negotiation of the Inflation Reduction Act. Manchin has insisted the legislation be attached to a government funding bill, setting up the prospect of a government shutdown. The bill would require the approval of the beleaguered Mountain Valley Pipeline, a provision on which Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine was not consulted and to which he would not support because his constituents "have felt ignored" by the opaque process, the Virginia Mercury reported. “[The Mountain Valley pipeline section] is completely unacceptable,” he told reporters Wednesday night per E&E News. “I will do everything I can to 🦅 oppose it.”

Multiple Democratic senators have stated Manchin's fossil fuel streamlining bill should not be attached to a government funding package and Kaine joins Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in opposing it even if it is. Manchin has said he is seeking support from at least 20 🐘 GOP senators for the legislation which he says 🦖 Republicans have wanted for years and told reporters Tuesday “There’s no reason Republicans shouldn’t support it.”

Republicans have responded cooly to the bill, however, instead Manchin's fellow West Virginian senator, Republican Shelley Moore Capito, has released a far more aggressive bill to slash regulations on fossil fuel extraction and transportation. The 🦕 White House said Wednesday it supports Manchin's legislation . (Manchin bill & reception: E&E News, Washington Post $, E&E News, CNN, Politico, The Hill, Roll Call, New York Times $, The Hill, Houston Chronicle, Reuters, The Hill, National Journal, E&E News; MVP & Kaine opposition: Virginia Mercury, WFXR; Capito: Politico Pro $; Substantive details: E&E $)

Amnesty Accuses Egypt Of 'Shiny Cover-Up' Of Human Rights Violations: A second major international human rights group in less than two weeks accused Egypt of trying to conceal a decade's worth of “unrelenting violations of human rights” ahead of COP27 in November. Amnesty International, in a report released Wednesday, outlined crackdowns on dissent and individual freedoms, including the imprisonment of political opponents and journalists over the last ten years. It also detailed a "shiny cover-up" on the part of the el-Sissi administration intended to accrue goodwill from foreign governments and financial institutions ahead of the UN climate conference. (AP)



Diversity-Lather, Greenwash, Nature-Rinse, Repeat: EU Companies Dodging Climate Culpability Online

In the summer of 2022, a heat wave broke records across Europe, bringing unprecedented temperatures and drought worse than any in at least 500 years. Thousands died, wildfires burned out of control, and the companies complicit or causing the climate crisis were busy posting through it. 

Unsurprisingly, they weren't owning up to the impacts of their profits. Instead, as a new report from Geoffrey Supran and the Algorithmic Transparency Institute documents, they were distracting the public with posts about sports, using images of nature and diverse communities to improve their public image. 

The analysts looked at the social media output of 22 European companies across three sectors: fossil fuel companies like Shell and Total, airline industry players like Air France and Lufthansa, and car companies like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The research examined 2,416 posts from 375 social media accounts run by these companies across five platforms- Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and TikTok. 

They found that during the climate-driven extreme weather of the summer, "the 22 companies remained silent about climate change in the examined posts, with only a negligible handful (0.3%) making explicit reference to 'climate change' or 'global warming'." 

But they weren't being quiet. Instead, they found "that two-thirds (67%) of the 22 companies’ posts communicate a narrative of ‘Green Innovation’" which "avoids directly addressing climate change while nonetheless presenting companies as environmentally-conscious, engaged in or committed to low- carbon technologies and/or technological innovation." 

Another one in five of the posts "offer a narrative of ‘Misdirection’" which "uses messaging about sports, fashion, and social causes to direct attention away from firms’ core business roles and responsibilities."

Additionally, they "also show that a number of companies variously leverage imagery of nature, female- presenting people, non-binary-presenting people, non-Caucasian-presenting people, young people, experts, sportspeople, and celebrities to strengthen their messages of greenwashing and misdirection." 

The consequences of climate change, which Europeans were experiencing over the summer, "were never communicated (0%) by any industry." That said, they also avoided the explicit denial of claiming climate change isn't real or human-caused, and didn't attack the science, scientists or activists calling for climate action, but that's not surprising given that such toxic denial is why they covertly fund front groups to spread it, instead of tainting their brand with it.

What they DID post, though, was content that the report describes as its titular "Three shades of greenwashing": the idea that "green innovation" will save us, that other problems are more important, and that business-as-usual with its "visuals and language fetishizing luxury and performance, with no consideration of sustainability." 

And as much as the text, the imagery plays an important role, something these companies know and exploit by something known as "nature-rinsing", or more formally as "executional greenwashing." The report explains that "these findings demonstrate a systematic use of Nature/Environment visuals in fossil fuel interests’ social media posts to strengthen their ‘green’ messaging." 

Similarly,"fossil fuel interests variously leverage visuals of select demographics - sportspeople, celebrities, young people, and racial minorities - to misdirect audience’s attention with discourses about sports, social causes, and fashion and design." 

For example "car manufacturers and airlines additionally show more racially diverse casts to misdirect with posts about social goods such as LGBTQIA+ issues and Women’s rights" but "when car companies post about sports, particularly motor racing, the trend is reversed, with more people - including sportspeople - being all- Caucasian." 

"All told," lead researcher Geoffrey Supran tweeted, "our data show that 😈 fossil fuel interests are engaged in strategic brand positioning to establish themselves as 😇 green, 😇 innovative, & 😇charitable.  These subtle, 😈 systematic trends have been hiding in plain sight for too long."

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November 4, 2022


🦖 Big Oil Spent $15 Million 🐍😈 Watering Down Climate Action In New York


In 2019, New York state passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which set emission targets and spending goals, prioritizing frontline communities and establishing other social equity goals. Now, if you only judged New York by what Fox News and other rightwing disinfo outlets said about it, you may be surprised there are any fossil fuels left in the state. But there are, and the industry has been plenty busy using its considerable resources to try and keep it that way. 

A new report from the Public Accountability Institute and LittleSis shows the extent to which fossil fuel interests are lobbying on New York's climate standards, and it's not the liberal love-fest you might expect. In addition to the $15 million spent by 10 fossil fuel interests on lobbying since 2016, they've also held multiple seats on the state’s Climate Action Council which oversees the CLCPA's implementation.
 

And then there's the 🦕 industry's front group, New Yorkers for Affordable Energy (NYAE). Its website claims the group is simply “dedicated to supporting access to cleaner , reliable and affordable sources of energy for residential and business consumers," but per the report, its IRS filings admit the true purpose is "to expand natural gas service." 

That IRS filing listed three founding 🦕 directors: Katie Gibbs; Karen Merkel, a communications manager for National Fuel Gas Company; and Michelle Hook, Danskammer Energy VP for Public Affairs. And the address they gave was the same as "the address of Albany-based law and lobbying firm Plummer & Wigger, which also represents other fossil fuel industry clients, such as Millennium Pipeline, where Hook is a former public relations executive." 

Hook is making $10,000 a month lobbying for the 🦕 group, through a contract with Virago Public Affairs, for whom NYAE is the only registered lobbying client.

But Hook's not their only lobbyist. The "Democratic-Party tied 🦕 lobbying firm" SKDKnickerbocker, "a powerhouse influencer in Albany," is "lobbying for the group 'on a pro bono basis'" that the report explains doesn't mean they're doing it for free, but rather "likely means that its lobbying is incidental to a larger, paid, public relations contract." 

Unclear what that contract may be, but "one of the SKDKnickerbocker lobbyists registered to advocate for New Yorkers for Affordable Energy is the managing director of the firm’s Albany office, Morgan Hook." 

Huh, 🐍 Morgan Hook is working on this project with 🐍 Michelle Hook. 

If you're wondering if there's any relation there, congrats! You win a "suspicious coincidence" prize, because the report states flatly that "Morgan Hook is married to Michelle Hook." 

Talk about playing the long game! Now they're arranging marriages between fossil fuel front group operatives and public relations professionals? 

Are there any lengths to which the fossil fuel industry won't go?

(We joke, but there is plenty more serious stuff in the report that you should go check out!)
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November 8, 2022

COP, Look 👀, Listen For 🔊 Regular Readouts of COP27 🦖😈🐍 Disinformation

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While we usually write these columns with little more at our disposal than our wits and a web browser, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue has developed an incredible dashboard that pulls data from some 3,000 social media accounts, millions of posts, and 250 media outlets, and we're working with them to produce regular bulletins about 🦖😈🐍 climate disinformation. ... ...

There's also a section on the Russia-Ukraine narrative, some tracking of over a million dollars in climate disinformation ads on Facebook, primarily from API's Energy Citizens 😇 front 🦖 group and their "American Oil First" framing, "a thinly-veiled dog whistle to former President Trump's anti-immigrant "America First" policy" and a section on how Elon Musk's Twitter takeover showed how right-wing 😈 "comedians" strategically use humor to spread disinformation.

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December 12, 2022

SNIPPET:

Big Oil's Big Lies Revealed In Emails Obtained By House Oversight Investigation

Major 🦕🦖🐍 oil companies BP, Chevron, Exxon, and Shell, and the trade group the American Petroleum Institute, 😈 intentionally crafted the appearance of support for clean energy and environmental protection while internally working to ensure "the continued promotion of ☠️ natural gas," documents released Friday by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform show.

The documents, released as a part of an ongoing House investigation into the oil and gas industry's climate denial and greenwashing, "demonstrate how the fossil fuel industry ‘greenwashed’ its public image with promises and actions that oil and gas executives knew would not meaningfully reduce emissions, even as the industry moved aggressively to lock in continued fossil fuel production for decades to come — actions that could doom global efforts to prevent catastrophic climate change,” Chair Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.) and environment subcommittee chair Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) said in a statement.

The internal emails include a warning from 🦖 Bob Stout, BP's former U.S. VP and head of regulatory affairs, admitting BP's intention to make methane gas a permanent "destination fuel," adding "We would not want to spell all this out, but also not implicitly concede the point by referring to ☠️ it mainly as a ‘bridge.'"

The documents also include incredulity at criticism of oil majors' sale of oil and gas assets to smaller, less accountable firms. (Washington Post $, Reuters, The Guardian, NBC, Bloomberg $, CNN, CNBC, The Hill, Politico, NBC, E&E $, Al Jazeera)

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How to unpick a company net zero target in 7 steps
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2022, 02:16:01 pm »
"On closer inspection, countless ambitious-sounding pledges ring hollow. Many commitments are little more than vague declarations of intent. Others hide huge chunks of a company’s CO2 pollution, or rely on dubious promises to compensate continued emissions, while lacking efforts to reduce fossil fuel use."



Dossiers   

CLEW focus: 'Climate neutral' products and companies - Greenwashing or sign of serious action?


Factsheets 🧐

How to unpick a company net zero target in 7 steps
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😈 Social Darwinist 🦖 Business as ☠️ Usual
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December 19, 2022


Here’s Why 32,000+ Abandoned & Orphaned Offshore Wells Litter the Outer Continental Shelf

SNIPPET:

In all, it’s estimated that the Taylor Energy spill has released up to 140 million gallons of oil to date.

Not all stories of abandoned and orphaned offshore wells are like Taylor Energy’s. Some have been decommissioned the right way, while others are long forgotten and pose unknown environmental and marine life risks. Inadequate records and limited monitoring have made it challenging to accurately track the number of abandoned wells and whether they’ve been adequately plugged.

According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, however, more than 32,000 of the 55,000 offshore wells across the 10.9-million-acre Outer Continental Shelf are abandoned or orphaned.

But why? How can tens of thousands of oil wells sit out in the Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific Oceans without demanding further attention or accountability?

Offshore wells are abandoned when they do not produce enough to offset operating costs. Some wells never produce at all. Some “dry up,” their accessible reserves exhausted based on current extraction methods. Some of these wells are temporarily abandoned, with the idea or promise that the owner will return to attempt extraction sometime in the future. Yet, the average length of time since the 3,364 “temporarily” abandoned wells in the Outer Continental Shelf were last drilled is 38 years.

Wells are considered orphaned when they have no owner. Offshore oil wells are often orphaned if the companies that own and operate them go bankrupt or close their doors for any other reason. With no known owner, orphaned wells present significant challenges when it comes to shutting in and decommissioning them.

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https://gcaptain.com/heres-why-32000-abandoned-orphaned-offshore-wells-litter-the-outer-continental-shelf

Agelbert NOTE: Only in the good old United States of Petroleum can a pollution contaminated site, irresponsibly abandonded without plugging and cleanup by profit over planet oil loving greedballs, be affectionately called an "Orphaned" Oil and Gas Well. Friends, if YOU made that kind of a mess in your yard, the authorities would have a hazmat team sent there quickly, followed by the police charging you with unlawful contamination. The wells spewing methane and other (even MORE toxic - i.e. Cancer causing) contaminants were 🦕 IRRESPONSIBLY 😈 ABANDONED, not "orphaned" by an "unfortunate" bit of Hydrocarbon Business "bad luck". It is absolutely breathtaking how the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn keep getting a free pass from the media for in-our-faces toxic pollution dumping on we-the-people.
"Orphaned " Oil and Gas Well❓❓❓

Other euphemisms worthy of Orwell that we have all been subjected to:

😠 ☠️ Highly toxic fisson reactor Uranium fuel 👉   "Enriched" Uranium

😠 ☠️ Abortion 👉 "Reproductive Right"

😠 ☠️ 🦕 "Natural" Gas 👉 "Bridge Fuel"


😠 😈 Greed is Good, 🦍 Might is Right, Losers Finish Last, It doesn't matter how you play the game, but whether you Win or Lose (etc. you get the morally bankrupt Social Darwinist Ideology Idea) 👉 🦖 "Evolutionary Advantage" of "Apex Predators"

AND all this time you actually believed the BIG LIE that "it was the Communists, not the Capitalists", that had the GOAL of CORRUPTING the Language. Now you know better.

Social Darwinist Business as Usual Destruction

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January 19, 2023

The Gas Stove Backlash Is The Product of Nearly A Century of 🦖😈🐍 Industry Propaganda

If you bought something and it didn't work, you probably wouldn't buy it again the next year, or the year after, or every year for the foreseeable future. The 🦖 fossil fuel industry is no different—if it wasn't seeing a return on its annual investment in disinformation, it wouldn't keep spending billions of dollars on climate disinformation 🐍 campaigns

The explosion of support for gas stoves in Republican circles is the latest example of how the fossil fuel industry's near-century of public relations expenditures has created a surround-sound media machine to manufacture backlash against even the barest hint of a pending regulation. 

In a disinfo-free world, Republicans eager to show their support for rural and working-class communities wouldn't be so quick to lend their support to gas stoves because they're primarily used in urban areas, where Democratic voters are concentrated. Furthermore, gas stoves are often promoted by home renovation shows as a luxury good for the fanciest of kitchens. So, since new gas stoves are either a prized feature of lavish, elite kitchens or a common fixture in the poor Black and Hispanic communities that the GOP spends more time attacking than defending, the Republican gaslighting on gas stoves seems to make little sense. 

The fervent worship of gas stoves seems especially nonsensical since Consumer Reports finds that the innovative alternatives to gas stoves are so much better in every conceivable way: “Induction ranges and cooktops in particular often heat the fastest, simmer steadily, and provide quicker temperature changes when you adjust a burner.” (They also won't melt plastic measuring cups when you turn on the wrong burner…)

But this pro-gas hullabaloo begins to make sense when you consider the fact that the fossil fuel industry has been lying about 🦕 methane gas for nearly a hundred years, as Rebecca Leber explained in Mother Jones. In the 1930s, "the 🦕😈 industry embraced the term 'natural 😇 gas', which gave the impression that its product was cleaner than any other fossil fuel" and promoted the now-ubiquitous catchphrase "cooking with gas"

The 🦕 methane gas industry has been at it ever since. As recent reporting at the New York Times exposed, the industry is sponsoring TV shows to promote gas stoves, part of the hundreds of millions the industry has spent on disinfo organizations and the billions that it has spent on trade associations and public relations.

So when a federal regulator suggested looking into gas stove regulations, especially given the latest study showing that gas stoves cause as much asthma in children as second-hand smoke, the fossil-funded Republicans snapped into action, and the industry barely even needed to misrepresent past studies and activate its faux-media outlets and propagandists — though it still did. 

The Wall Street Journal's opinion page, the crown jewel of climate disinformation media, was true to form with its "Biden is Coming for Your Gas Stove" editorial, falsely ginning up fears that jackbooted Big Government agents were on their way to your kitchen. Professional PR people like Alex Epstein also sent talking points, but that was little more than an opening of the other barn door after the horses had already run all around the farm. The Daily Caller discovered a so-called 'conflict of interest' and did a story attempting to make the fact that the study was funded by an advocacy group into a controversy, which is an interesting frame for an organization funded to be a conservative advocacy group posing as a media outlet. 

Overall, the Right generated plenty of noise but not much heat, and that's sort of the point. Make enough noise so that regulators, who have been aware of gas stoves' health risks for decades, will be too scared to protect the public from that particular source of pollution. 

Because it's certainly not about the quality of 🦕 gas stoves. 

Literally the only thing Consumer Reports found that gas stoves did better than electric stoves is that they have a scary flame: "The visual feedback provided by a flame growing and shrinking as you adjust a burner is valuable when gauging heat." (A problem that was literally solved in 2015.)

So if you're so 🐵 dumb you need to see a 🔥 flame to know the stove is on, then 🐘🦖😈 Republicans have your back, and your stove. Hopefully it's worth the asthma and the climate-killing emissions.
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