Category: Oil and Gas

Trump’s FBI nominee Christopher Wray weighed in on the ExxonMobil climate change investigations

Christopher Wray, President Trump’s nominee for FBI director, advised corporate clients on how to avoid “being in the crosshairs” of law enforcement at a 2015 legal forum where investigations by state attorneys general into whether ExxonMobil misled investors and the public about...

/ June 8, 2017
Rob Powelson, a Pennsylvania PUC Commissioner and possible FERC nominee, poses for the cover of the American Gas Association magazine

Rumored FERC appointee Rob Powelson has shown deep allegiance to gas industry

Rob Powelson, reported to be one of President Trump’s nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, would enter the job with a track record that casts doubt on whether he would be able to meet FERC's standard of neutrality toward...

/ April 6, 2017

Ohio House debates renewable energy and misinformation abounds

The Ohio House of Representatives just debated and passed another bill to rollback the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard. Proponents of the bill – HB 114 – engaged in misleading attacks on the booming renewable energy industry. What follows are...

/ March 31, 2017

Chairman of Ohio House Public Utilities Committee owned Duke Energy and Spectra Energy stocks

Representative Bill Seitz owned Duke Energy and Spectra Energy stocks while he led efforts to rollback Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards during his previous stint in the Ohio Senate. Rep. Louis Blessing III similarly owned ExxonMobil and Chevron stocks in 2015,...

/ March 29, 2017

Neil Chatterjee: Trump’s FERC pick is a rubber stamp for fossil fuel and utility interests

President Trump will soon nominate Neil Chatterjee to fill one of the three open seats on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), according to media reports. A coalition of 135 environmental groups is lining up to oppose Trump’s FERC nominees....

/ March 22, 2017
Chevron's oil refinery in Richmond, CA

California Democrats who got big gifts from Oil Industry gave big gifts back

California Democrats who voted for oil interests the most received 2.5 times more than other CA Democrats in gifts from the oil industry from 2012 to 2016, according to a new analysis of financial disclosures.

/ March 8, 2017

Under Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil lobbied against carbon tax bills

Rex Tillerson claimed to support a carbon tax while CEO of ExxonMobil, but under his watch last year the oil and gas company lobbied against two pioneering carbon tax bills in Massachusetts, and it has long funded opponents of carbon...

/ January 26, 2017