Steve Kretzmann

Steve Kretzmann has worked on energy issues and the global oil industry for more than twenty years. He has worked with communities and organizations around the world concerned with the environmental, social, and economic impacts of the oil industry. He founded Oil Change International in 2005 in order to educate about the true impacts of fossil fuels and to conduct research, education, and organizing to hasten the transition to clean energy. He is currently campaigning for an end to fossil fuel subsidies globally, and to clean up Dirty Energy Money in the US Congress. Visit

Will Congress keep paying the Koch brothers and others?

As the congressional supercommittee continues to struggle towards an agreement on cutting $1.5 trillion over a decade from the national budget, cutting government handouts to the oil industry is an obvious and oft repeated target for the chopping block. Public support for removing subsidies to the oil industry remains overwhelmingly positive.  Even John Boehner and Paul Ryan have voiced support for the idea — even if they were later reminded of their obligations and silenced by their oily campaign donors. Democrats though, can’t seem to decide if they’re serious about ending all these subsidies, or if they’re just interested in …

API shocker: Oil makes money!

In a transparent attempt to blunt impending justified rage over this week's profit reports from Big Oil, the latest piece of spin to emerge from the well-paid creative minds at the American Petroleum Institute is a real classic. The gist, in a nutshell, is that oil makes money -- a lot of money.

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What oil subsidies is Obama targeting?

The president has proposed eliminating subsidies to the oil industry. Here are some that he should focus on bringing to an end:

Big Oil's Golden Backup Plan

  One of the few bright spots for environmentalists and progressives over the last year was this week’s successful defeat of Proposition 23 in California.  As the organizer Saul Alinsky famously observed, power flows from both people and money.  Unlike every other energy battle this year, for Prop 23, activists had both. It hasn’t been an easy year to be green.  Despite an historic effort, there’s no climate and energy law.  In March, President Obama caved to the opposition and called for expanding offshore drilling.  Then, BP’s Macondo well blew out producing the worst environmental disaster in our nation’s history. …

It's the poor, not the profits -- we promise!

The polluters' newfound concern for the poor

Oil companies think they will deliver the masses from poverty and the World Bank seems to agree. But do their projects actually support the poor?

Dirty Energy Money Fuels Congress

As Congress begins August recess, those of us who care about America’s addiction to oil, climate change, and a clean energy future have been scratching our heads (or kicking the walls), wondering why, after historic levels of pressure we can’t even pass an oil spill response bill, not to mention a real clean energy or climate bill. When in doubt, follow the money. As the new site reveals, each Congress over the last decade has become more mired in oil money and choked on coal cash. Over $114 million has been paid by these industries over the last decade …

Leadership lessons in the Gulf

BP’s Drilling Disaster is quickly unfolding to become one of the world’s worst ever environmental catastrophes. Credible sources already are saying that the volume of oil gushing into the Gulf exceeds the Exxon Valdez, and shockingly, there is no end in sight. As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, as fisherman watch their stocks die, as beaches become tar-filled messes, we will hear a lot about the need to learn lessons. The oil industry has already started to push their predictable spin that although “mistakes were made”, they’ll learn what needs to be learned to ensure that …

Department of Square Peg, Square Hole

Long term climate finance: FOUND!

We are pleased to report from Copenhagen that after years of searching, long term funding for climate finance has been found…but the question is whether we can pry it out of Big Oil and Coal’s hands.  The pledge by G20 nations championed by the US is potentially a huge new source of funds for developed country finance obligations that can and should be shifted to helping, rather than harming the climate.  Leaders have already agreed that we must phase these subsidies out – the questions are:  by when and where does the money go? How much money will be freed …

Money for Nothing, and the Climate for Free

Obama to propose ending fossil fuel subsidies in Pittsburgh?

According to a leaked letter, the Obama administration is set to propose ending fossil fuel subsidies next week at the Pittsburgh G20. The letter, authored by Michael Froman who is an Obama advisor on international economic affairs, calls on the G20 to eliminate all fossil fuel and electricity subsidies, as a “logical step in combating global climate change.” Eliminating fossil fuel subsidies is a great idea, if it’s done right.  This is certainly the right time, but the G20 is likely not the right place. In general, it’s so obvious, you can’t really believe it hasn’t happened sooner.  With all …

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