October 14, 2010 |
Contracts awarded to several universities by major oil companies to study alternative energy lack safeguards for academic independence and scientific objectivity, according to a report to be published Thursday by the Center for American Progress, a liberal Washington research and advocacy group. The report examines 10 contracts, ranging from $2.5 million to more than $300 million, that govern the corporate-backed energy research at several major universities, including UC Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University and UC Davis.
November 6, 2009 |
The Iraqi government today signed a deal with a consortium led by U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. to develop a major oil field in southern Iraq, marking the first entry by an American-dominated group into Iraq's oil industry since it was nationalized in 1972. The deal coincides with a flurry of activity this week that suggests major oil companies are finally poised to return to Iraq, more than six years after the U.S. invasion raised hopes of access to some of the world's largest and most underdeveloped oil reserves.
November 5, 2006
Regarding "Exxon Mobil earnings hit $10.5 billion," Oct. 27: For those of us who are being taken in by the flood of "Vote no on Proposition 87" TV commercials, please note that their prime funder is none other than major oil companies. Do you get the picture? Think about Exxon Mobil Corp. and its repulsive profits when you cast your ballot for 87 and hope that we may someday breathe clean air and become energy independent. George Magit Northridge Your article about Exxon Mobil earnings made it sound as if its executives had committed some sort of crime.
June 25, 2006
The article on the plight of independent gas stations omits a major reason for their decline: the disappearance of independent refiners ("Running on Empty," June 4). Independent refiners have disappeared because of an unholy alliance between the major oil companies and environmentalists. Both have lobbied for stricter pollution standards on gasoline and refinery operations. Independent refiners concluded that mandated upgrades were not economically viable and went out of business.
April 27, 2006 |
Oil company earnings have never been sweeter. Stock prices are up. Shareholders are pocketing ever-bigger dividends. By nearly every measure, the petroleum industry is in its heyday. But in the realm of public opinion, things could hardly be worse. Motorists paying up to $3.50 a gallon for gasoline castigate oil companies and their executives with a growing list of high-octane epithets: Greedy. Un-American. The new robber barons. On Wednesday, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.
March 12, 2003 |
Maybe it's a coincidence, but American and British oil companies would be long-term beneficiaries of a successful military offensive led by the United States and Britain to remove Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Industry officials say Hussein's ouster would help level the playing field for U.S. and British firms that have been shut out of Iraq as Baghdad has negotiated with rivals from other countries -- notably France, Russia and China, three leading opponents of war.