The Carbon Council of New York State?

The Business Council of New York State, a corporate lobbying group backed by fossil fuel interests, has taken a forceful position against climate change legislation in New York State. The group has brought its considerable resources to bear to prevent the passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA). CCPA, introduced late in the …

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The Private Empire Strikes Back

As state investigations into Exxon’s role in promoting climate change denial continue, a network of high-powered lawyers, think tanks, and pundits has mobilized in defense of the oil giant. A power mapping of these individuals and organizations reveals that they not only have longstanding ties to Exxon and the fossil fuel industry, but have also …

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Offshore Shilling

The federal government is relying on economic predictions heavily influenced by the oil and gas industry as justification for its proposed offshore drilling program. The program, formally announced in March 2016 in a 279-page publication by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), controversially proposes leasing areas of the Gulf of Mexico and Arctic Ocean …

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Natural gas infrastructure lobby ramps up spending in New York State

In the period of time since New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo took office in January 2011, companies planning natural gas pipelines and power plants ramped up lobbying efforts, increasing their spending on political influence in Albany and hiring advocates close to Cuomo’s family and administration. Cuomo, who was elected amid a heated debate over …

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The Oil Tanks

Over the past two years, nine of the most frequently cited US think tanks have released reports endorsing crude oil exports, sent experts to advocate exports in Congressional testimony, and published op-ed columns supporting a repeal of the ban on exporting crude oil. The think tanks have used their influence in the media and policy …

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