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  • #3022

    basil parmesan

    Energy Workers to Rally Against Climate Plan
    by admin on August 18, 2009
    Local energy workers are expected to crowd into a downtown Houston theater today to protest climate change legislation that the U.S. Senate will take up in the coming weeks. The Energy Citizens rally, promoted by some major energy companies and business organizations as well as the Greater Houston Partnership, will be the first of several such events planned in 19 states in the coming weeks. Organizers of the event, billed as a dialogue on energy and the environment, told the Chronicle on Monday that legislation the U.S. House passed last spring will destroy millions of U.S
    Full Article link @

  • #6029

    Charles Randall

    Chevron provided transportation to even for employee’s & retired workers, Shell is still in “Judas camp” supporting the bill & COP/BP are somewhere in middle.
    Hope everyone in Houston that could attended the event. Punishing US but allowing China (the #1 polluter) to continue unblocked makes no sense to anyone but Environmentalist, Politicians and Outsourcing lobbist (and of course the Chinese)!

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    Don’t forget too that the USW which represents a lot of refinery workers is backing cap and trade to the hilt. If you are a USW member congratulations, you are sending your money each month to help buy the rope that will be used to hang you.

  • #5773

    Charles Randall

    FYI – Great move COP & Judging by jump stock prices – public thinks so too!
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010
    ConocoPhillips Won’t Renew Membership In US Climate Action Partnership

    Dow Jones Newswires
    NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- ConocoPhillips said Tuesday that it will not renew its membership in the U.S. Climate Action Partnership and will instead focus on reducing near-term greenhouse gas emissions by developing its natural gas operations.
    The integrated oil giant joined more than two dozen other companies, organizations and environmental groups asking the federal government to form policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to invest in lower-emitting technologies. Other members include U.S. divisions of major oil companies BP PLC and Royal Dutch Shell as well as utility, industrial and manufacturing companies.
    ConocoPhillips’ announcement to leave to the partnership comes as climate legislation in Washington has stalled and there are mounting concerns about the burden proposals in the House and Senate will have on domestic refiners and U.S. consumers.
    The proposed bills “to date have disadvantaged the transportation sector and its consumers, left domestic refineries unfairly penalized versus international competition, and ignored the critical role that natural gas can play in reducing GHG emissions,” said ConocoPhillips Chief Executive Jim Mulva in a press release. Instead, the company will focus on developing natural gas, a lower-emission fuel, as an opportunity to reduce emissions and create jobs.
    The major oil company is one of U.S.’s largest refiners. The refinery industry has been plagued by high oil prices and persistently low demand due to poor economic conditions. Without a substantial recovery in demand, compressed refining margins are expected to remain compressed as higher biofuel-blending requirements and fuel-efficiency standards kick in.
    ConocoPhillips shares were recently trading up 1.3% at $49.28.
    -Naureen S. Malik, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-4210;


  • #5743

    Charles Randall

    Valero, Tesoro Vow To Fight California Global Warming Laws

    By Margot Roosevelt Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
    March 4, 2010
    SACRAMENTO – Two Texas-based refinery giants have pledged as much as $2 million to fund signature gathering for a ballot initiative to suspend California’s landmark global warming law, according to Sacramento sources.

    The companies, Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp., own refineries in California that would be forced under the law to slash emissions of heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

    Campaign workers began collecting signatures Tuesday for the initiative, which would delay regulations to implement the nation’s most comprehensive climate legislation until California’s unemployment level drops to 5.5% for at least a year.

    The current jobless rate is more than 12%.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a strong supporter of AB 32, the global warming law, had asked businesses not to support the ballot measure, which was launched by a coalition of Republican politicians and conservative activists.

    California companies, according to a source close to the administration, “are more tolerant of California’s environmental leadership. But these Texans don’t want to pay to cut their emissions in California if the federal government is not going to pass climate legislation. They can throw a few mill- ion dollars into” fighting the law.

    A federal climate bill, passed by the U.S. House last June, has stalled in the Senate in the wake of intense lobbying by coal and oil companies, which would be forced to cap their emissions. Scientists say carbon dioxide and other gases are trapping heat in the atmosphere and disrupting the planet’s climate.

    Meanwhile, the recession and high unemployment rate have pushed environmental issues far down the list of public concerns, at the same time that conservative groups have latched onto global warming as a way to attack the Obama administration.

    A Tesoro spokesman did not respond to inquiries. But the company’s website invites visitors to lobby Congress to ensure “fair” climate legislation and fight any effort by the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

    Bill Day, a Valero spokesman, declined to confirm or deny the company’s involvement, saying that “any contributions would come out in normal disclosures” under California’s campaign laws. He referred a reporter to Goddard Claussen, a Sacramento political consulting firm, which is handling the ballot campaign.

    However, Day added in an e-mail that Valero had set up a website,, “to educate consumers about the federal cap-and-trade legislation. Valero has been very outspoken about the dangers of these proposals and the fact that they would badly damage the economy while having no effect on climate change.”

    The initiative sponsors, including Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Marysville), Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Granite Bay) and the People’s Advocate, a Sacramento-based anti-tax group, have until April 24 to gather 433,971 valid signatures to qualify it for the November ballot.

    Copyright 2010, The Los Angeles Times

  • #5742

    Charles Randall

    Looks like Valero & Tesoro are trying to fight the next round of crazy Environmental legislation back at source in California – even though it is only a temporary suspension until economy improves.
    But the target is right one – California has been the source for a whole series of bad oil industry legislation starting with Gasoline lead content, Vapor Pressure limits, blocking MTBE use and host of others that has resulted in California having nearly $1/Gallon higher Gas price that is all cost and no margin.
    The state hounds refineries until they have to close or go into bankruptcy and then legislates against them closing because it will put the state in a supply crisis – Chevron Richmond is the most recent example. 
    You will notice all the environmental responses always quote unnamed “scientist” as source for climate warming junk science quotes – but never have any true Climatologist or Meteorologist names. As far as I can tell there is only the crazy NASA climatologist who even agrees this is true & no one believes his model is accurate.
    Hopefully the actions of COP, Chevron Valero & Tesoro will start to take hold in the Oil Industry. Help is in play – prominent Climate scientist (not just any liberal environmental crazy with science degree) & Meteorologist are already aligned to debunk the Global Warming theory (and have identifying Sun as true source of Earth Warming cycles) – in Dec 2007 over 400 true scientist taking part of UN International Panel on Climate Change voiced strong objections on “consensus” being put forth by the green movements. Unfortunately most liberal news sources never cover their conventions, actions or papers.  John Coleman founder of Weather Channel is a notable Meteorologist that is suing Al Gore (May 2008 news alert) for financial fraud – so far another 30,000 actual weather scientist have signed onto Colemans legal action (Nov 2009) and that was before classified emails were released that showed junk environmental scientist behind global warming movement knowingly perpetrated a fraud on the world community…. “Climategate”.  

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