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How big oil money spreads influence: 17 CA Assembly Members got more than $10k in campaign cash

Yesterday the Sierra Club California released the November Update to its Tracking the Dirty Dollars Project, revealing the enormous influence that the oil and gas industry continues to exert over members of the California Legislature. This update found that 17 Assemblymembers have now received more than $10,000 in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry and its allies, an increase […]

December 1st

The average person’s daily choices can still make a big difference in fighting climate change – and getting governments and utilities to tackle it, too

The average American’s everyday interactions with energy sources are limited. They range from turning appliances on or off, to commuting, to paying utility bills. The connections between those acts and rising global temperatures may seem distant. However, individuals hold many keys to unlocking solutions to climate change – the biggest challenge our species currently faces […]

November 27th

“They’re Lying”: Lots of climate misinformation detected during testimony of Big Oil CEOs

Fossil fuel executives who testified Thursday at a U.S. House of Representatives hearing focused on decades of coordinated industry misinformation refused to pledge that their companies will stop lobbying against efforts to combat the climate emergency driven largely by their businesses. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams That joint refusal came in response to a challenge from Rep. Carolyn […]

October 30th

Watch Dems make big oil CEOs squirm under hard questioning

While congressional Republicans on Thursday repeatedly apologized to Big Oil executives for Democrats’ demands that their companies stop lobbying against climate action, progressive lawmakers took turns grilling the fossil fuel industry leaders. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The questioning came during a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing that featured testimony from top figures at the fossil fuel […]

October 29th

Ahead of historic house hearing, another Big Oil disinformation campaign exposed

An investigation by HEATED and Earther revealed Wednesday that fossil fuel industry advertising in some of the most popular U.S. political newsletters “has exploded” as Democrats in Congress prepare to grill leaders of oil majors and trade groups about their contributions to climate disinformation. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Journalists Emily Atkin and Molly Taft examined ads in Punchbowl News’ daily political email […]

October 28th

Keep it in the Ground: New multimedia report details unprecedented ‘Permian Climate Bomb’ in Texas

With oil and gas executives looking to increase fossil fuel production in the Permian Basin in the coming years despite the climate crisis, a new multimedia report out Tuesday reveals how a major fracking boom in Texas endangers vulnerable communities from New Mexico to the Gulf Coast—and ultimately poses a threat to life on Earth. By Kenny Stancil […]

October 20th

Will big oil’s slippery six CEOs actually testify to Congress about climate disinformation?

Remember in 2018, when the Washington Post hired Mark Lasswell from the Wall Street Journal to edit the opinion page? And we were concerned that maybe he’d bring climate denial along with him? Well yesterday the Washington Post published a third conservative columnists’ praise for Steven Koonin. Contributor Mich Daniels, president of Purdue University and barely not the worst recent Indiana […]

October 15th

After losing the science fight, UK climate deniers rebrand as Net Zero Watch

While the United States is blessed with a veritable cornucopia of interlocking disinformation and climate denial organizations, in the UK things have traditionally been a bit more centralized through the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). It’s both a traditional “charity” think tank and an advocacy group, and in 2014 a judge ruled it engaged in too much […]

October 14th

Greenwashing: If big oil is serious about going green, they need to invest in clean energy (not more gas and oil)

A new analysis covered at DeSmog looked at over 3,000 social media ads and posts from six major European fossil fuel companies between December of 2019 through April of 2021, and found 63% painted the climate-destroying company as climate-friendly. By Climate Denier Roundup “Half of the companies analysed,” wrote Rachel Sherrington, “dedicated over 80 percent of their […]

Targeting Democrats who defend fossil fuel subsidies with “Extreme Weather Ads”

More than two dozen advocacy groups launched “extreme weather ads” in five state newspapers on Monday to pressure right-wing Senate Democrats to stop giving taxpayer money to the oil, gas, and coal companies most responsible for the climate emergency. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Full page ads—featuring artwork from Hannah Rothstein’s 50 States of Change Collection, which depicts some of […]

August 24th

Big oil propaganda earns 431 MILLION views on Facebook (After 900% jump in ad spending)

Facebook really wants you to think it’s a climate champion. Its sustainability page even says it wants to “have a positive impact on the world.” But “despite Facebook’s public support for climate action,” Facebook’s former sustainability director Bill Weihl told Scott Waldman at E&E News, “it continues to allow its platform to be used to spread fossil […]

Net Zero CO2: Clean Creatives targets corporate ad giant WPP for helping big oil greenwash

The climate-focused Clean Creatives campaign released a mocking ad video Tuesday to rebuke the greenwashing of corporate advertising giant WPP, which represents some of the world’s biggest polluters. By Julia Conley Common Dreams The satirical video is a send up of WPP’s announcement ahead of Earth Day this year in which the ad agency claimed it was setting targets for its own […]

June 9th

Will “Energy transition materials” be big oil’s newest buzzword to dis EVs?

An op-ed published in The Hill last week seems to adopt an unimpeachable bit of folksy, common sense wisdom, advising that we “not put all our cars in the EV basket.” By Climate Denier Roundup It was written by Bernard Weinstein, whose byline describes him as “an emeritus professor of applied economics at the University […]

Who’s dumb enough to fall for Big Oil’s greenwashing? Old climate deniers angry that API talks about ’emissions’

On Tuesday, the Koch-y RealClearEnergy ran an op-ed by American Petroleum Institute CEO Mike Sommers that tried to spin the Koch-y Colonial Pipeline operator’s decision to protect its billing process by shutting down gas shipping as a justification for further support of “abundant homegrown energy.” By Climate Denier Roundup The piece is standard industry cheerleading, jumping on the “this is like […]

The Fallacy of Our Carbon Footprint: Big Oil says citizens should do more to stop climate change.

In 1992, a Canadian ecologist named William Rees coined the term “ecological footprint,” a measurement of how much any entity was impacting the planet’s ecology. A decade later, British Petroleum started promoting a new term: “carbon footprint.”  In a splashy ad campaign, the company unveiled the first of its many carbon footprint calculators as a […]