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Josh Israel is a senior investigative reporter for ThinkProgress at the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

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ThinkProgressFrom 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.

Among the topics included in the survey were queries about:

Whether the EPA should be stripped of its authority to promulgate regulations without Congressional permission. Whether the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline should be built to create jobs and promote “North American” energy independence. Whether corporate ta... Read more

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