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American Petroleum Institute poll on American energy jobs apparently outsourced to the Philippines

From an 2012 American Petroleum Institute report to convention platform committees.
From an 2012 American Petroleum Institute report to convention platform committees.

A telephone poll testing out messaging techniques on fracking and creating American jobs through expanded fossil fuel drilling and refining, apparently paid for by the American Petroleum Institute (API), was interrupted Tuesday by a 5.7-magnitude earthquake shaking the outsourced calling center near Davao City in the Philippines.

Tuesday evening, I received a call from a pollster calling from a number showing up as (801) 899-4119. The woman identified herself as calling from Survey Sampling International and asked if she could ask me some questions about national issues. The questions focused almost entirely on energy policy and asked for reaction to a series of mostly pro-industry statements.


Mean right hook: Conservative judge deals blow to polluters in climate trial

Chief Judge David Sentelle.

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green.

In 2009, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce called for the “Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century” to question the scientific fact of human-made climate change.

Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia began consideration of a landmark case that consolidates a series of challenges to Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2009 finding that greenhouse gases are a threat to public health and welfare and its related rule-makings. The cases, brought by energy companies, industry front groups, Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas), and others, seek to stop the EPA from regulating greenhouse pollution. Their legal argument is that climate science is a hoax.

But the three-judge panel’s questions and comments during the first day of oral arguments showed enormous skepticism of the industry arguments. Acknowledging that by law, the panel must show deference to the EPA’s finding, the chief judge told one of the challenger’s lawyers: “You seem to be asking us to determine that the EPA is incorrect, but that is not the standard,” and even that “would not be enough to win the case for you.” Other arguments were similarly pooh-poohed by the panel.