Obama Climate Plan a Full-Throttle Fracking Endorsement

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 6:00 pm

Today, President Barack Obama announced his administration’s “Climate Action Plan” for cutting carbon pollution in his second term in the Oval Office at Georgetown University and unfortunately, it’s a full-throttle endorsement of every aspect of fracking and the global shale gas market.


Frackademia: University of Tennessee Set to Lease Forest For Fracking, Enriching Governor’s Family

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 4:33 pm

8,600 acres of the Cumberland Forest owned by University of Tennessee-Knoxville will be leased off to the oil and gas industry this August in a new form of “frackademia” – and one of the top financial beneficiaries will be the family of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, who sits on UT-Knoxville’s Board of Trustees.

“Frackademia” is usually thought of as “studies” conducted by university-based “frackademic” researchers and funded by Big Oil, the old “Tobacco Playbook” in action. But UT-Knoxville has taken the game to a whole new level, leasing off land it owns so that it can study “best practices” for fracking in the Volunteer State.

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.

What Obama Said — And What He Meant — About Climate Change, War and Civil Liberties

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 5:01 pm

The words in President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech were often lofty, spinning through the air with the greatest of ease and emitting dog whistles as they flew.

Let’s decode the President’s smooth oratory in the realms of climate change, war and civil liberties.

Locking in Dirty Energy Demand: GE Signs Deal With Clean Energy Fuels for Gas-Powered Vehicles

By: Wednesday November 21, 2012 6:50 pm

Clean Energy Fuels (CEF) signed a deal with General Electric (GE) to purchase its natural gas vehicle fueling assets in an effort to expand what it describes as “America’s Natural Gas Highway.”

CEF is owned on a 20.8 percent basis by T. Boone Pickens, energy magnate and owner of the hedge fund, BP Capital. Andrew Littlefair, President and CEO of CEF, described the deal as one of the “most significant milestones in Clean Energy’s history.”

Dayen’s Roundup from March 13, 2012

By: Wednesday March 14, 2012 6:15 am

Dayen’s news roundup from Tuesday evening, sans the GOP primary, with other stories about the foreclosure settlement, HUD IG reports, Ben Bernanke, Eric Schneiderman, Spain, banksters, Rebecca Brooks, Sarah Palin, health insurance exchanges, Afghanistan shootings, T. Boone Pickens, Goldman Sachs, Rush Limbaugh, labor, Dick Cheney avoids Canada, and much more.

Live: Dylan Ratigan Hosts Town Hall on Energy Solutions

By: Thursday March 31, 2011 4:59 pm

MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan hosts a live town hall from Oklahoma State University tonight at 8pm EDT. Panelists include: Boone Pickens, Oil Tycoon & Founder, BP Capital Management, Ashwin Madia, VoteVets.org, Bob Deans, Director of Federal Communications, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Former CIA Director James Woolsey.

GasLand – The Cheney Legacy

By: Sunday February 6, 2011 6:24 pm

Every race has a dark horse, running at long odds. In this year’s race for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film, the dark horse is GasLand (2010), a film by Josh Fox that takes on almost everyone in the Oil and Gas Industry, including George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Halliburton over the use of “fracking” — hydraulic fracturing — to extract natural gas from vast deposits all over the United States.

Pickens buying CA vote?

By: Sunday November 2, 2008 9:00 pm

T. Boone Pickens is making a name for himself, spending $10s of millions to sell Americans on the false illusion that he is offering a solution to our energy challenge which, by the way, will make him $billions. He is, less visible to many, spending $10s of millions to create and try to pass California’s Proposition 10 which would set back sensible energy policies while earning T Boone $billions.

Pickens’ Plan vs Pickens’ Problem?

By: Friday August 22, 2008 7:02 pm

With The Pickens’ Plan, T. Boone Pickens speaks to the need to end America’s oil addiction, to move off oil. With The Pickens’ Problem, T Boone Pickens speaks to continuing the status quo, to drilling the hole deeper when it comes to oil addiction. Unless the second is resolved, it is hard to take the first seriously.

The Pickens’ Problem is undermining the chances that The Pickens’ Plan will ever see fruition.

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