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June 22, 2011

The Price of Gas, and Big Oil's Lead Lobbyist

The Center for Investigative Reporting just released a great little video about the true price of gas.


And after you watch that and think about the effect we're having on our pockets and our planet through our oil addiction, be sure to read this Fortune magazine piece on the American Petroleum Institute's lead lobbyist Jack Gerard and his attempts to make Big Oil look "kinder and friendlier."

From the article:

As instructive as the fights he picks are those he dodges. On the question of whether climate change is man-made, Gerard not only declines to offer an opinion, he's oblique on whether he has one at all. "I'm not a scientist," he shrugs. Gerard, who actually has been a part of this debate for a decade, going back to his days running the National Mining Association, doggedly steers the conversation to the process for addressing climate change rather than take a position on an issue that's core to his membership. "The view we've taken is that we have a committee that works on it." Asked if that includes a recognition that the phenomenon is man-made, Gerard weaves again: "I'd have to go back and look at the broader principles that have been adopted."

And that's just one example of Gerard's damaging world view. Earlier in the article comes this statement: "Wooing the American public is just one prong of Gerard's strategy for preserving his members' tax breaks and expanding their access to energy reserves."

The article just further shows that Big Oil and its lobbyists need to get out of the way.

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