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Here’s What Happened to the Exxon-funded EU Think Tanks After Pledging Not to Fund Climate Denial

Here’s What Happened to the Exxon-funded EU Think Tanks After Pledging Not to Fund Climate Denial
This is the second part of DeSmog UK’s series mapping Exxon’s ties to EU think tanks and lobby groups. Here we explore what happened to Exxon’s EU think tank ties after it pledged to stop funding climate denial. Pressure is mounting on ExxonMobil to explain why the oil giant funded climate denial around the world years after its own scientists established global warming was real.
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The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark

The Conservative Playbook for Keeping ‘Dark Money’ Dark
How do you stop states and cities from forcing more disclosure of so-called dark money in politics? Get the debate to focus on an “average Joe,” not a wealthy person. Find examples of “inconsequential donation amounts.” Point out that naming donors would be a threat to “innocents,” including their children, families and co-workers. And never call it dark money. “Private giving” sounds better.
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Fend Off Iran? Swiss Exporter of US Crude Oil Now Exporting Iran's Oil

Fend Off Iran? Swiss Exporter of US Crude Oil Now Exporting Iran's Oil
Proponents of lifting the U.S. crude oil export ban trumpeted the rhetorical question that since U.S. geopolitical rival Iran can export its oil, why can't the United States? But now that “liquid freedom” has begun to flow from American export terminals to the global market, it turns out the same company that exported the first batch of U.S. crude oil to the global market is now also exporting Iranian oil products. That company, the Switzerland-based Vitol Group, was profiled in an investigative piece on DeSmog late last year.
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Liquid Assets: Is Wall Street the Answer to the West's Water Crisis?

Liquid Assets: Is Wall Street the Answer to the West's Water Crisis?
According to water investors, the West’s millions of acres of farmland account for less than 2 percent of the region’s economic output, and moving just 10 percent of the water off farms would likely resolve the region’s current water shortfalls.
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Oil Industry Caused 2005 Swarm of California Earthquakes: Newly Published Study

Oil Industry Caused 2005 Swarm of California Earthquakes: Newly Published Study
Oil and gas wastewater disposal has been tied to a series of earthquakes in California for the first time, in a peer-reviewed study published last Thursday. A string of quakes ending on Sept. 22, 2005 struck in Kern County near the southern end of California's Central Valley – and the new study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, concluded that the odds that those quakes might have occurred by chance were just 3 percent.
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Why We Must Try

Why We Must Try
Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.”
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New Report Identifies Fossil Fuels We Must Not Mine To Avert Catastrophic Climate Change

New Report Identifies Fossil Fuels We Must Not Mine To Avert Catastrophic Climate Change
As the US Senate haggles over a comprehensive energy bill, climate activist groups have identified the global fossil fuel reserves that must be kept in the ground if we’re to limit global warming to the critical 2-degree-Celsius threshold. This week saw the Senate debating the hotly contested energy bill, which has been criticized by environmentalists for including a number of fossil fuel industry giveaways, including expedited permitting for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and subsidies for coal technology, among other troublesome provisions.
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Charles Koch Thinks University Professors Make Great Lobbyists

Charles Koch Thinks University Professors Make Great Lobbyists
his article is the second of two posts examining Charles Koch's campus investments, as reported in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. The first post examined the history, long-term strategy, and true intent of the university “philanthropy” coordinated by Charles Koch. This post examines how Koch's academic network is openly dishonest about their work, lobbying for Koch's interests and recruiting students into his network. From 2005-2014, Koch spent $109.7 million on 361 distinct campuses, according to Greenpeace's updated analysis of IRS filings from Koch's nonprofit foundations.
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The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even if They Haven’t Committed a Crime

The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even if They Haven’t Committed a Crime
The NYPD is Kicking People Out of Their Homes, Even If They Haven’t Committed a Crime - And it’s happening almost exclusively in minority neighborhoods.
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You Do Not Need to be a Billionaire to Give It All Away, or to Make a Difference

You Do Not Need to be a Billionaire to Give It All Away, or to Make a Difference
The 2015 Giving Tuesday, which followed Cyber Monday, which followed Black Friday, was especially noteworthy because of the commitment Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Pricilla Chan made: pledging to donate 99% of their Facebook shares to charity. The value of that gift, if all the shares were donated today, is somewhere north of $45 billion – an extraordinary amount of money.
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