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Crony island: an anatomy of Keystone XL corruption

Now that the web of Keystone XL tar-sands industry lobbyists connected to Hillary Clinton has grown far beyond Paul Elliott, DeSmogBlog, Oil Change International, The Other 98%, and Friends of the Earth have produced a new white board infographic to help everyone visualize this cast of carbon cronies.  If funny animated cartoons are more your style, DeSmogBlog commissioned artist Mark Fiore to explain this corrupt process in a lighter fashion: Visit the action page at RejectLobbyistsNoKXL.org.

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Koch Industries Shields CEO From College Student's Modest Debate Challenge on Prop 23

  I traveled to Koch Industries headquarters in Wichita earlier this week where Joel Francis, the Cal State-Los Angeles senior and Marine Corps veteran, formally delivered his letter challenging CEO Charles Koch to a public debate about his funding of Prop 23. After receiving no response from Koch following the video posting of his challenge last week, Joel and a group of California students traveled from Los Angeles with Powervote CA campaign director Gabe Elsner to try to meet Koch in person.   Faced with an outrageously polite and reasonable invitation to debate a single college student, Koch HQ prepared …

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Koch brothers' Tea Party connections confirmed [VIDEO]

The billionaire Koch brothers have long claimed that they have no direct connection to the Tea Party, denying that their vast oil wealth is directly funding corporate front groups like Americans For Prosperity (AFP), the key organizers of the fake grassroots Tea Party movement. David Koch told New York Magazine earlier this year, "I’ve never been to a tea-party event. No one representing the tea party has ever even approached me." But the Guardian reports that footage has emerged showing David Koch at the podium during an AFP gala receiving direct and detailed reports from his astroturf AFP army on …

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Maine: Guv candidate Paul LePage hates Obama, reporters, and the planet

Paul LePage, the TeaOP candidate for governor in Maine, is running neck and neck with Democratic candidate Libby Mitchell, despite his loony climate-denying, DEP-bashing, creationism-in-schools-touting, offshore-oil-dr … spilling platform. LePage has slipped nearly 20 points in the polls recently, largely due to some incendiary comments outlined below, and he now finds himself in a dead heat with Mitchell. LePage is a Tea Party favorite thanks to his very vocal support for teaching creationism in schools, opposition to women’s right to choose and same-sex marriages, support for opening up the Gulf of Maine coastline to offshore oil and gas drilling, and …

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Toxic Coal Ash Threatens At Least 137 Sites In 34 States

  A new study by three top environmental groups reveals another 39 coal ash threats in 21 states, bringing the total number of known coal ash threats to 137 in 34 states.   The report by the Environmental Integrity Project, Earthjustice, and the Sierra Club details the newly identified slurry ponds and impoundments filled with toxic coal ash that threaten drinking water supplies and public health at sites around the country.   Earlier this year the groups identified 31 coal ash disposal sites in 14 states, adding to the 67 sites already identified by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The latest report brings the …

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ScamWow! Greenpeace has the perfect solution for scrubbing BP’s oily image

Mocking the scam that is the BP cleanup, Greenpeace today released the "ScamWow!" infomercial targeting BP and other oil companies who need a quick solution whenever pesky ecological devastation results from their irresponsible, risky drilling practices. Spoofing the original late night cable sensation, the ScamWow! info-mock-cial demonstrates how the simple budget picker-upper's cleaning powers can instantly sanitize tar-balled beaches, scrub the oil company's public image, and save shareholders millions in onerous cleanup costs -- savings the company can then invest in more insulting "We will make this right" TV commercials and full-page ads. Watch the Greenpeace "ScamWow!" video: The scary …

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‘Climategate’ scientists cleared of all charges by independent review

An exhaustive six-month independent review into the Climategate emails has concluded that the “rigor and honesty” of the climate scientists caught up in the non-scandal are “not in doubt.” [PDF] The investigation, led by Sir Muir Russell, found no grand conspiracy among scientists brainwashed by the U.N. IPCC and Al Gore to dominate the planet by dreaming up man-made global warming, as the right wing media and blogosphere insisted in the wake of the Climategate nontroversy that followed the theft of emails and documents from the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU) late last year. The report confirms …

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60 Percent of U.S. Tidal Marshes Threatened By BP Oil Slick

New data released by NOAA shows that the massive BP oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is already contaminating one major protected North American Marine Ecoregion, containing more than 60 percent of America's tidal marshes. The slick also threatens to impact at least two more Ecoregions in the near future. The site of the initial explosion beneath the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig leased by BP is within the boundaries of the Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecoregion, an area described by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation as a marine protected area that: "... contains over 60 percent of the …

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'BLUE PLANET' Sends Timely Message to Protect Oceans [VIDEO]

A new music video from Barcelona-based musician Sam Lardner spreads a timely message about the importance for all people to work together to save our oceans.  With footage of the BP Deepwater disaster in the Gulf of Mexico contrasted by majestic images of beaches and marine life from around the world, the video is an eye-opening look at the perils and pleasures found in the blue depths of our oceans, which cover 70 percent of the Earth's surface. Watch "Blue Planet": "Blue Planet" is the first video released from Sam Lardner's new "Oceans Are Talking" CD. Featuring groups of children …

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Is Bill Barrett Corp's Major Lobbying Spree Aimed at Ken Salazar?

In the fall of 2008, the outgoing Bush administration gave the oil and gas industry a parting gift that now threatens to destroy the Roan Plateau in Colorado, an area known for its stunning vistas, "beloved by hunters, anglers and hikers for its clear streams, herds of deer and elk, and rugged beauty." The Roan, once described by current Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as "one of those treasured landscapes of America, a place where we have fish and wildlife resources (and) beautiful streams," is now the target of major natural gas drilling operations, thanks to George W. Bush's Bureau of …

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