“Frackademia” By Law: Section 999 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 Exposed

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 5:00 pm

With the school year starting for many this week, it’s another year of academia for professors across the United States – and another year of “frackademia” for an increasingly large swath of “frackademics” under federal law.

“Frackademia” is best defined as flawed but seemingly legitimate science and economic studies on the controversial oil and gas horizontal drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), but done with industry funding and/or industry-tied academics (“frackademics”).

 

Keystone XL Scandal: Obama Attorney’s Law Firm Represents TransCanada’s Pipeline in Alaska

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 5:50 pm

A DeSmogBlog investigation reveals that Robert Bauer, former White House Counsel and President Barack Obama’s personal attorney, works at the corporate law firm Perkins Coie LLP, which does legal work for TransCanada’s South Central LNG Project, formerly known as Alaska Gas Pipeline Project.

Furthermore, Dan Sullivan, current Commissioner of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources, and former Alaska Attorney General and former Assistant Secretary of State in the Bush Administration, is a former Perkins attorney.

Obama DOE Approves 2nd Fracked Gas LNG Export Terminal

By: Saturday May 18, 2013 1:00 pm

Friday is the proverbial “take out the trash day” for the release of bad news among public relations practitioners and this Friday was no different.

In that vein, yesterday the Obama Department of Energy (DOE) announced a conditional approval of the second-ever LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal.

Corporate Welfare and the Case for Taxes and Regulation

By: Thursday April 25, 2013 2:10 pm

Most everyone knows the most common use of welfare as helping those in danger of being left behind by society. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP although often still referred to as Food Stamps, and Medicaid are the most well known programs available to people. And no, Social Security and Medicare are not welfare programs.

Congressmen Supporting Fracked Gas Exports Took $11.5 Million From Big Oil, Electric Utilities

By: Tuesday January 29, 2013 12:00 pm

On Jan. 25, 110 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – 94 Republicans and 16 Democrats – signed a letter urging Energy Secretary Steven Chu to approve expanded exports of liquified natural gas (LNG).

Oil Shill Mary Landrieu Claims Ignorance of ConocoPhillips

By: Friday July 2, 2010 5:15 pm

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has voted to have its own commission investigate the BP disaster. The Committee finds that necessary, according to Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, because Obama hasn’t appointed a representative from the oil industry to his own commission. The conflict of interest is apparently not obvious to Landrieu.

A Constitutional Amendment for a Market-Based House and Senate

By: Thursday April 1, 2010 12:35 pm

At present we have an inefficient federal legislative branch with members chosen on the basis of geography and population. What is needed is a bold refashioning of government — a constitutional amendment to replace our present gridlocked mess with a far more elegant and effective system based on the proven efficiencies and priorities of The Market.

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