David Turnbull

David Turnbull is the campaigns director of Oil Change International, working on campaigns to end fossil fuel subsidies, and to slow the spread of dirty energy money, extreme fossil fuels, and fossil fuel infrastructure. Prior to his current position with Oil Change, Turnbull was executive director of Climate Action Network–International, a network of 700 hundred NGOs in dozens of countries coordinating on international advocacy towards global solutions to the climate crisis.

Arkansas: Exxon’s latest spill and spin zone

Exxon’s top lobbyist, Ken Cohen, called my colleagues and me liars this weekend. In a post entitled “Five lies they’re telling you about the Mayflower pipeline spill,” he said: “What I thought I’d talk about today are the top five inaccuracies being spread by anti-fossil fuel activists seeking to capitalize on this unfortunate event.” That’s a pretty rich statement coming from a guy who shills for a corporation that spent millions spreading disinformation about climate science, continues to deny and contest payments to victims of the Exxon Valdez spill, has been low-balling estimates of the Arkansas oil spill, and has spent the past …

Pro-Keystone XL Senate bill follows pattern of following the oil money

Once again, a group of Senators, spearheaded by Hoeven and Baucus, has released a new bill to push for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. And, following the clear pattern set by their colleagues, the co-sponsors of this new bill have enjoyed massive contributions from the fossil fuel industry.

Senators send pro-Keystone XL letter, once again drenched with oil money

Well, here we are again.  Only mere days after the biggest rally and march in support of climate action and against the Keystone XL pipeline in US history, another letter has been sent by a group of Senators calling for approval of the troublesome (to say the least) Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, this time spear-headed by Senators Baucus and Hoeven. And once again it’s clear there’s dirty energy money behind it. At this point, you likely know the drill. Every election cycle, Big Oil pays into campaigns heftily in order to try to curry favors and influence in Washington, and the …

Pro-Keystone XL Letter Dripping in Fossil Fuel Money

In the ongoing saga that is the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, it’s clear that supporters of the dangerous project are getting anxious.  Perhaps they’re seeing the writing on the wall that this project is nowhere near a sure thing, thanks to themassive resistance to the pipeline, the scientists throwing their weight in opposition to it, and the new studies out showing even greater negative effects if built. Or perhaps they’re looking ahead to the wave of people planning to descend upon DC in opposition to the pipeline and in favor of strong climate action on the 17th of February. In the latest attempt to influence …

Koch’ed up: Petcoke’s political pollution

If there is a statistical correlation between dirty oil and dirty politics, we have yet to fully quantify it – but you can add this to the growing pile of anecdotal evidence that the dirtiest political players are responsible for some of the dirtiest energy on the planet. William Koch – the “other” Koch brother along with David and Charles – was recently sued by a former senior executive at his Oxbow Carbon & Minerals Inc. for false imprisonment.  The allegations are that Koch lured the former executive to his Colorado ranch and then held him against his will to intimidate him.  …

Looking for $1 trillion to spend well? Eliminate fossil fuel subsidies.

You know how sometimes you decide to Google something totally random that’s on your mind and see what comes up?  Well, the other day “1 trillion dollars” was on my mind, and I decided to Google it.  Well, turns out you get some interesting results when you Google “1 trillion dollars”, if you can look past all of the talk about the US deficit. I learned that if you stacked one trillion dollar bills on top of each other, they would go a third of the way to the moon.  That’s insane. Do you realize how thin a dollar bill …