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    Floyd

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    Re: Oil Company Propaganda

    Post  Floyd on Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:21 am

    Mercuriel wrote:

    It is about a specific type of Poster that I was referencing. The "Baiter/Provocateur" - That is, and Its because I know Them by Their devices...

    IMO - It seems that You're been engaging one lately...

    Mercuriel wrote:
    Careful with the accusations please.

    Who would you be referring to there old bean.  Is there someone you are accusing of something but you lack the ability to say anything directly and with conviction? Im wondering what your definition of provocateur is? Is it someone who doesnt agree with your beliefs for example. I would sincereley hope not. And... if you want to know a provocateur when you see one.. I saw them coming before you did old friend.

    Mercuriel wrote: and while You are indeed wise


    Nice bit of arse kissing but...
    lol!
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    Koch Brothers big oil

    Post  Floyd on Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:40 am

    The Koch brothers have an unlikely ally in the war of words with their liberal adversaries: the nation’s journalistic fact-checkers.

    Both The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog and the nonpartisan site FactCheck.org have dinged critics of David and Charles Koch in recent weeks for referring to the billionaire brothers as Big Oil.

     Why?

    Because Koch Industries’ business interests extend well beyond the company’s involvement in petroleum refining and other oil-based operations. And while no corporate midget, the company isn’t anywhere near as big as true oil giants like ExxonMobil.

    “So even if all of Koch Industries’ revenues came from its refining business — which they do not — they would still be a fraction of the revenues of the companies that actually represent ‘Big Oil,’” the FactCheck.org critique read.

    FactCheck.org cited Forbes’s estimates that privately held Koch generated about $100 billion in revenues in 2011, compared with ExxonMobil’s $434 billion in sales.

    Critics say that misses the point big time.

    So far this year, federally disclosed campaign contributions by the company’s KochPAC — totaling $514,204 as of April — have been more than double ExxonMobil’s. And that doesn’t even encompass the various think tanks and other entities the Kochs have endowed to get their free enterprise, anti-regulatory message out.

    If that doesn’t count as big, what does, asked Robert Greenwald, producer and director of the documentary “Koch Brothers Exposed.”

    Greenwald said, “$100 billion is small? Where do we draw the line? Do we say that if you’re less than $150 billion, you don’t qualify as Big Oil?”

    He said his film doesn’t refer to the Kochs as Big Oil — “We think it’s accurate, but we have not used it” — and that he respects the work of the fact-checkers. But in this case, he said, their complaint “does seem to be a version of nit-picking.”

    A Koch Industries representative who didn’t wish to be identified by name countered that the term Big Oil is inherently pejorative, as well as factually wrong in this case.

    “I think when people think about quote-unquote Big Oil, they think about big, integrated oil companies,” the representative said — those that extract, transport and refine the oil and then distribute and sell the resulting products. “We are very proud of our involvement in the oil industry, but to characterize us as Big Oil is just not accurate.”

    As for all the campaign spending, the representative said that’s partly explained by the many fields the company engages in — including ranching, wood and paper products, commodity trading, minerals and fertilizers.

    “We touch and are touched by many different parts of the government at the federal, state and local levels,” the representative said. “We also support candidates and incumbents who are free market-oriented.”

    Daniel Weiss, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said the Kochs should make more information about their operations public so that “people could judge for themselves whether they are part of Big Oil.”

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76248.html
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    Exxon Pollution

    Post  Floyd on Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:42 am

    (Reuters) - A New Hampshire jury on Tuesday found Exxon Mobil Corp liable for $236.4 million in a civil lawsuit that charged the oil company had polluted groundwater in the state with a gasoline additive used to reduce smog in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Following a three-month trial, jurors deliberated less than two hours before finding that the world's largest publicly traded oil company acted negligently in contaminating the groundwater with the additive MTBE, said Jessica Grant, a lawyer who represented the state.

    "We're very pleased that the jury held Exxon accountable for the harm its defective product caused to the state's groundwater resources and that they also held Exxon responsible for its negligence," she said.

    Originally filed in New Hampshire court in 2003, the state charged that Exxon and other major oil companies knew that MTBE was likely to contaminate groundwater and was more difficult to clean up than other pollutants. Some damages from the suit will help pay for the costs of testing and cleaning affected water supplies.

    Exxon vowed to appeal.

    "MTBE worked as intended to improve our air quality and the benefits of its use substantially outweighed the known risks," said spokeswoman Rachael Moore. "MTBE contamination in New Hampshire is rapidly decreasing and the state's current system for cleaning up gasoline spills ensures safe drinking water."

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today considers MTBE a potential human carcinogen, though much of the research on the chemical has focused on the health effects of inhaling it rather than drinking it. New Hampshire banned MTBE in the state in 2007.

    Exxon was the only one of the 22 original defendants in the original suit to go to trial. Other defendants either had the suits against them dismissed or agreed to settlements.

    Those included Canada-based Irving Oil Co, which agreed to pay $57 million last year, and Venezuela's state-owned Citgo Petroleum Corp, which struck a $16 million agreement as the trial began.

    The three-month trial on the suit, filed in state court, was moved to the state's federal courthouse in Concord to accommodate the large number of witnesses, lawyers and exhibits. The jury found that MTBE contamination had caused $816 million in damages in the state. Exxon's market share of 29 percent was used to compute damages, Grant said.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/09/us-exxon-newhampshire-idUSBRE9380XC20130409
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    Big Oil Cato Institute

    Post  Floyd on Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:23 am

    The Cato institute funded by Koch oil money and Exxon
    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cato-institute

    The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank that often works in coalitions with right-wing groups. Cato's extensive publications program deals with a host of policy issues including budget issues, Social Security, monetary policy, natural resource policy, military spending, government regulation, international trade, and myriad other issues. While the Cato Institute has increased its ties to right-wing policymakers over the years, it often reveals it's libertarian philosophy in addressing government intrusion into privacy issues, recently calling the proposed federal marriage amendment - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cato-institute#sthash.APzTABHG.dpuf


    Alumni in the Bush administration

       Former Rep. Tim Penny (D-MN), Commission to Strengthen Social Security
       Sam Beard, Commission to Strengthen Social Security
       Carolyn Weaver, Commission to Strengthen Social Security
       Randy Clerihue, spokesman, Commission to Strengthen Social Security
       Andrew Biggs, staff member, Commission to Strengthen Social Security
       Mark Groombridge, Special Assistant, Office of the Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, State Department

    Other non-Bush Administration alumni include former board members: Rupert Murdoch and Theodore J. Forstmann, also founding chairman of Empower America, now FreedomWorks.
    Corporate sponsors

    Cato's corporate sponsors include: Philip Morris, R.J. Reynolds, Bell Atlantic Network Services, BellSouth Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation, GTE Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Netscape Communications Corporation, NYNEX Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Viacom International, American Express, Chase Manhattan Bank, Chemical Bank, Citicorp/Citibank, Commonwealth Fund, Prudential Securities and Salomon Brothers. Energy conglomerates include: Chevron Companies, Exxon Company, Shell Oil Company and Tenneco Gas, as well as the American Petroleum Institute, Amoco Foundation and Atlantic Richfield Foundation. Cato's pharmaceutical donors include Eli Lilly & Company, Merck & Company and Pfizer, Inc.
    Additional Funding

    80% of Cato's income comes from individual donations and subscriptions, 8% from corporations (such as ExxonMobil, which donated $30,000 during 2001), another 8% from foundations, and the remainder from conference and book sales, etc. Cato has received $15,633,540 in 108 separate grants from only nine different foundations: Castle Rock Foundation; Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation; Earhart Foundation; JM Foundation; John M. Olin Foundation, Inc.; Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation; and the branches of the Scaife Foundation
    - See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/cato-institute#sthash.APzTABHG.dpuf
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    Re: Oil Company Propaganda

    Post  Floyd on Mon Aug 05, 2013 3:36 am

    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Cato_Institute

    Cato was founded in 1977 by Edward H. Crane and Charles Koch, [5] the billionaire co-owner of Koch Industries known for its financing of the Tea Party and various conservative advocacy organizations. David Koch is currently on Cato's Board of Directors. In 2008 Jane Mayer wrote,

    "According to the Center for Public Integrity, between 1986 and 1993 the Koch family gave eleven million dollars to the [Cato] institute."[6]
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    Re: Oil Company Propaganda

    Post  Floyd on Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:12 am

    Mother frackers
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    Re: Oil Company Propaganda

    Post  Floyd on Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:53 am

    The dirt on “clean fracking”

    Muller thinks developing “clean fracking” is the answer to lure underdeveloped countries like India and China off of their coal dependence. Muller — a physicist at UC Berkeley and former MacArthur Genius Grant winner — and his awakening were touted by Maddow as evidence of the impossible.

    Maddow noted that Muller’s recent research through his Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures (BEST) study was funded by the infamous right-wing oil gazillionaires the Koch brothers, making Muller’s findings on global warming that much more surprising. More shocking still was Maddow’s failure to call him out on his support of fracking — a yet-to-be-developed clean version or otherwise.

    Instead of calling Muller out on his claims, Maddow jokes about developing fracking that does not cause earthquakes or flammable drinking water (she shows B-roll video of someone who lives near a fracking well whose kitchen sink bursts into flames when they strike a match next to running water).

    We think it’s time for her to get an earful and drop ExxonMobil. Fracking is a destructive, toxic process; “clean fracking” is a red herring. -

    See more at: http://transitionvoice.com/2013/07/maddow-gives-air-time-to-koch-brothers-fracking-advocate/#sthash.6I7GfLjy.dpuf
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    Re: Oil Company Propaganda

    Post  magamud on Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:37 am

    Now this is the real deal. Pointing out the obvious while everyone is chasing ghosts. Amateurs...
    Good work Floyd.
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    Koch brothers and fracking

    Post  Floyd on Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:44 am

    Koch Bros and Fracking Gas

    The Fracking industry has spent 750 million dollars to lobby Congressional politicians, against regulating natural gas fracking associated with earthquakes.
    The Koch Brothers long time opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency are fighting tooth and nail to stop the government from regulating natural gas hydraulic fracking for natural gas. The energy billionaires have hired an army of lobbyists, have bought up politicians through bribery and have cornered free reign on fracking gas in the North Eastern states.

    Koch Bros and Fracking Gas

    Ohio Governor John Kasich is allowing fracking in the state of Ohio who’s palm has been greased by the Koch brothers.

    In this report Mike Ludwig who is a reporter for Truthout, reports the Koch Brothers involvement in pushing natural gas fracking in places, like the state parks in Pennsyvlania, Ohio and other states. The Koch Brothers already tapped into Ohio State parks and through political donations managed to get the Governor to approve fracking natural gas exploration.

    The Problems with Fracking

    Fracking is a process of drilling into the earth at very deep levels with high pressure tools, sand and chemicals often blasting through hard rocks. This process produces a great amount of waste, escaped gas that ends up in the local drinking water for towns and cities.

    Disaster in Dimock Pennsylvania

    The city of Dimock, Pennsylvania has already a massive mess on their hands from natural gas fracking with tainted drinking water they cannot remove now.

    In Dimock Pennsylvania Vanity Fair reports in their article: A Colossal Fracking Mess

    The town of Dimock along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, used to be a pristine, unspoiled river area until the public and private lands in the watershed was leased to the energy companies.

    The drilling began in 2008, now four years ago the people of Dimock are beginning to see the damage from natural gas fracking first hand.

    Millions of tons of toxic chemicals were used along with the drilling injected water, sand along with the chemicals to release natural gas trapped deep into the earth.

    Near Dimock which is a small town of 1,400 people, the gas companies believed they would not get much flack for spoiling the drinking water in this area.

    Local residents noticed the water coming in from their kitchen taps turned brown, and was combustable and local animals like horses and pets began to lose their fur. Even after using water filtration systems to their homes, the people that live nearby are still finding methane gas in their bathing and drinking water.

    Local residence experienced headaches, dizziness and sores from using their now tainted water and breathing in the air. The local homes had to resort to trucking in water to their homes at a higher expense and their property values are now worthless. Is the financial cost of fracking worth the costs of the damages is a question for the EPA.

    http://www.politicolnews.com/koch-bros-and-fracking-gas/
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    Re: Oil Company Propaganda

    Post  magamud on Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:43 pm

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    Suadi has an admitted 40000 political prisoners. Wow and the king donated 100 million to the UN to fight terrorism.  I feel much safer now... Glad i unplugged from that matrix of fear. Dont have to worry about freedom of speech or being tagged as a dissident. Whew...

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    Fracking firm scaling back operation at Balcombe

    Post  Floyd on Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:13 am

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-23721713

    Energy firm Cuadrilla has said it is scaling back work at an exploration site in West Sussex on police advice.

    The company has been drilling for oil near the village of Balcombe but has not ruled out using the controversial technique of fracking to release gas.

    Police believe environmental activists at the site are about to begin a campaign of civil disobedience.

    About 1,000 extra campaigners are expected to join existing protesters this weekend, according to police.
    Fences erected

    Exploration operations will be effectively at a standstill just two weeks after drilling got under way at Balcombe.

    The number of workers on the site has been reduced and large reinforced fences are being erected.

    Cuadrilla said in a statement: "After taking advice from Sussex Police, Cuadrilla is scaling back operations ahead of this weekend's No Dash For Gas event

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