January 12, 2012 6:04 pm ET filed under Fact Check
With the 2012 presidential election rapidly approaching, the oil lobby is pushing harder than ever to frame the Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) as a "job creator." However, TransCanada (the Canadian company behind the pipeline), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have used massively inflated statistics. In fact, KXL would create few permanent jobs.
January 10, 2012 2:20 pm ET filed under Blog
January 27, 2010 10:19 am ET filed under Fact Check
On January 26, 2010, the American Petroleum Institute released a statement concerning the President's upcoming State of the Union address. In the statement, the oil industry's top lobbyist smeared clean energy legislation and urged an increased reliance on oil and gas. Since 2008, the oil and gas industry has spent over $250 million to lobby against modernizing America's energy portfolio. In contrast to the oil industry's false talking points, increasing our investment in clean energy technology would create 1.9 million American jobs and boost household income by nearly $1,200 per year!
December 03, 2009 10:48 am ET filed under Fact Check
In an attempt to piggyback on the White House's jobs summit, the oil industry's various front groups (American Petroleum Institute, Institute for Energy Research, and Energy Tomorrow) have attempted to position oil and natural gas companies as the ultimate job creators. In reality, investment in clean energy technology creates FOUR TIMES as many jobs as an equal investment in oil and gas.
October 14, 2009 4:42 pm ET filed under Blog
While seeking to rally the public around "free enterprise," the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's new website features ads from some of America's most notorious industries: oil, tobacco, and health insurance.
October 01, 2009 4:00 pm ET filed under Fact Check
The oil industry-funded American Petroleum Institute and oil industry-funded Energy Citizens have released a television advertisement claiming clean energy jobs legislation before congress will lead to $4 gasoline. That is just not true.
September 24, 2009 3:21 pm ET filed under Blog
Will the Heritage Foundation stand firm in its opposition to subsidies and maintain its conservative principles? Or will it cast its credibility aside in order to appease its donors in the oil industry?
August 28, 2009 10:10 am ET filed under Fact Check
Despite the millions of dollars spent by America's largest special interest groups in attempts to convince the public that an investment in clean energy will lead to job losses, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that Americans just aren't buying it.
August 27, 2009 4:41 pm ET filed under Fact Check
The American Petroleum Institute claims Waxman-Markey will hurt Florida. In reality, an increased investment in clean energy technology would create 95,000 Florida jobs.
August 25, 2009 11:04 am ET filed under Fact Check
The American Petroleum Institute claims Waxman-Markey will hurt Tennessee. In reality, an increased investment in clean energy technology would create 39,000 Tennessee jobs.
August 19, 2009 9:59 am ET filed under Blog
On August 19, 2009, the New York Times published a revealing article detailing just how far the oil industry will go to manufacture the appearance of grassroots support for their anti-clean energy crusade.
August 14, 2009 3:19 pm ET filed under Blog
Yesterday, it was revealed that the American Petroleum Institute asked oil companies to dispatch employees to "Energy Citizen" rallies to protest the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The very next day, the astroturfing experts at FreedomWorks issued a press release promoting the very same events. They're not even trying to hide it anymore.
August 14, 2009 10:34 am ET filed under Blog
Uh oh. A leaked memo from the American Petroleum Institute reveals that it is planning an astroturf extravaganza across 21 states.
August 14, 2009 9:27 am ET filed under Blog
June 23, 2009 9:49 am ET filed under Fact Check
In a new ad, the American Petroleum Institute (API) takes aim at "unnecessary taxes on oil and natural gas companies," presumably referring to the American Clean Energy and Security Act. However, while API suggests that investing in oil and gas is the best way to "help the economy grow," the American Clean Energy and Security Act would create more American jobs for the cost of a postage stamp per day.