Oil Lobby Spending Less As Legislators, President Provide More Favors

“You will like me so much,” President Donald Trump said to attendees at an energy industry conference last year. His claim has rung true thus far, as his administration has made several moves to benefit the industry and consequently reduced its spending on lobbying this year.

Flanked by former Exxon executive, now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting., June 12, 2017. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

The oil and gas industry has spent over $36 million lobbying Congress so far this year, a massive figure that speaks to the fossil fuel industry’s weight in Washington. Among the top spenders so far have been ExxonMobil, Chevron and Koch Industries, which have spent well over $3 million dollars apiece. While the industry’s spending on lobbying

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California Counties Use Big Tobacco Lawsuit Tactics To Go After Big Oil

The lawsuit alleges oil companies created a public nuisance by hiding for nearly 50 years that fossil fuel production was heating and damaging the earth.

Oil pumps operate near Lost Hills, Calif. (AP/Rich Pedroncelli)

  LOS ANGELES — In a legal assault similar to the one that won multibillion-dollar awards from Big Tobacco, two Bay Area counties and a coastal city blamed Chevron, ExxonMobil and three dozen other oil, gas and coal companies for climate change and rising sea levels that threaten communities on the California coast. In separate lawsuits in

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ExxonMobil Hit With $20 Million Penalty For Polluting Air With Hazardous Chemicals

Environment Texas described the fine against the world’s largest oil company as the “largest penalty resulting from a citizen suit in U.S. history.”

Exxon Mobil's Billings Refinery in Billings, Mont. (AP/Matthew Brown)

In a huge win for environmental groups, a federal judge has ordered ExxonMobil to pay nearly $20 million for spewing millions of pounds of excess air pollution from its Houston-area industrial facilities. The Sierra Club and Environment Texas sued the energy giant in 2010, alleging that over a five-year period it had emitted more than 8 million

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Trump’s NAFTA Reversal Likely Tied To Oil Industry Pressure

Despite Trump’s promises to “entirely renegotiate” what he once called “the worst trade deal in history,” his administration’s proposed changes to NAFTA are modest at best. This reversal coincides with major investments made by U.S. oil companies that have direct ties to some of the most powerful figures in the Trump administration.

Trump pauses while speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Having called the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) “the worst trade deal in history” during his presidential campaign and repeatedly promising to “entirely renegotiate” the controversial pact, Donald Trump’s stance on NAFTA has seemed clear for months, especially after he affirmed the need to radically alter the

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Trump’s Russia Charm Offensive Is Meant To Isolate Iran, China

Donald Trump and his administration have been conspicuously cozy towards Russia since coming into power. But their friendliness is likely motivated not by genuine interest in improving relations, but by a desire to control and contain Iran and China.

A poster on the street with a portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump and a sentence referring to a quotation of Iranian Leader Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 10, 2017. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

NEW YORK -- Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rhetoric was a cocktail of ostensibly nationalist economics and isolationist foreign policy that was viewed by much of the punditocracy as a sharp break from traditional U.S. policy. But while his words seemed to be filled with promise, his actual policies have, rather predictably, shown themselves

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Rex Tillerson Tried To Take On Hugo Chavez … And Lost

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state has a long and sordid history in Venezuela, but the last round of the fight went to Chavez.

ExxonMobil CEO and chairman Rex W. Tillerson gives a speech at the annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has a long and shady history as a hatchet man for the world’s largest oil and gas company, from helping cover up his own company's role in causing global warming to funding climate change denialism. Indeed, one can look at his record as one long chain of victories for the most rapacious

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