Thursday, May 28, 2009

Exxon Doubling Down on Dirty Fuels

Earlier this week, ExxonMobil’s Chief Executive Officer underscored that (surprise, surprise) they are defending the same failed energy policies of the past. At an annual shareholders meeting in Dallas, Rex Tillerson predicted that any significant movement away from dirty fuels, included gasoline, diesel and coal “is probably 100 years away.”

Tillerson went out of his way to assert to the press that there is still a debate on climate change, claiming that the “all of those models have deficiencies in the way they’re constructed and the assumptions that go into the models and the limitations of the data.”

Earth to Tillerson: the international scientific community concluded over 2 years ago that climate change is happening, and it is past time we do something about it!

When you envision your company’s profits based on the status quo bottom lines – dragging your feet on change and actively employing obstructionist campaigns and false rhetoric are sensible business strategies; or at least they are at Exxon.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Media Matters Catches Palin Prevarication*

Earlier today, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had this to say on Twitter:

Uh, wrong. Despite frequent Republican claims to the contrary, Alaska DOES NOT contain enough oil to have a significant impact on America's reliance on foreign sources.

Media Matters checks the facts and helps you separate the real from the surreal.

pre⋅var⋅i⋅cate - to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie. Just sayin')

Seriously Though...

You scored 0%?!

In markup you actually have to try to get a 0%.

Each of the ACES Zeros voted to remove critical safeguards that prevent our nation's public and private forests from being plowed for biofuels production. (scorecard vote #2).

One of them, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN), introduced an amendment that attempted to overturn the landmark Supreme Court case Massachusetts v. EPA, which found that EPA can regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. (scorecard vote #10).

Of course THEY ALL voted against final passage -- against creating millions of clean energy jobs, against improving national security, against saving the planet. (scorecard vote #15)

Tragic Comedy

A total of 19 members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee scored a perfect 100% on LCV’s special edition ACES scorecard.

Unfortunately, 18 committee members scored an equally remarkable and much more dissapointing 0% environmental rating.

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming.

Pointing a big foam finger at those 18 members, shaking our heads, we present...

The Zeros:

Ralph Hall (TX-04), Fred Upton (MI-06), Cliff Stearns (FL-06), Nathan Deal (GA-09), Ed Whitfield (KY-10), John Shimkus (IL-19), Roy Blunt (MO-07), Steve Buyer (IN-04), Joseph R. Pitts (PA-16), Greg Walden (OR-02), Lee Terry (NE-02), Mike J. Rogers (MI-08), Sue Myrick (NC-09), Tim Murphy (PA-18), Michael C. Burgess (TX-26), Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), Phil Gingrey (GA-11), Steve Scalise (LA-01).