The Imperial Oil Files: New Collection Adds to Climate and Energy Research Archives On Science and Denial (DeSmog)

DeSmog: The Imperial Oil Files: New Collection Adds to Climate and Energy Research Archives On Science and Denial. “These documents add new context to the groundbreaking investigative reporting by Inside Climate News, and the Columbia School of Journalism in partnership with the Los Angeles Times, that revealed the #ExxonKnew conspiracy. Those journalistic efforts exposed the facts that Exxon’s own climate science research had confirmed the role of fossil fuels in driving global warming, and that the company pivoted away from that advanced knowledge, choosing instead to spend tens of millions of dollars funding climate science denial campaigns.”

The Guardian: Fossil fuel firms’ social media fightback against climate action

The Guardian: Fossil fuel firms’ social media fightback against climate action. “A new study of Facebook’s advertising disclosure platform by InfluenceMap suggests oil companies and their trade groups have spent $17m directly on political social media advertisements since May 2018. ExxonMobil spent $9.6m – by far the biggest sum – ConocoPhillips $910,000 and BP $790,000.”

University of Victoria: Fossil fuel mapping database results released

University of Victoria: Fossil fuel mapping database results released. “A new online mapping tool highlighting the 50 most influential fossil fuel industry players in Western Canada was launched today to help shed light on who’s who in the oil resource sector. Today, the Corporate Mapping Project (CMP) released its fossil-power top 50 listing, along with a publicly accessible database of the larger Canadian fossil fuel industry that maps its connections to the wider corporate sector in Canada and globally.”

City AM: Former UN climate chief calls for fossil fuel database

City AM: Former UN climate chief calls for fossil fuel database. “Investors should be given more information about energy companies’ fossil fuel usage so they can steer funding away from activities that contribute to climate change, former UN climate change chief Mary Robinson has said.”

Archiving the Anthropocene: Introducing UCSF’s Fossil Fuel Industry Documents (University of California San Francisco)

University of California San Francisco: Archiving the Anthropocene: Introducing UCSF’s Fossil Fuel Industry Documents. “The Fossil Fuel Industry Documents at the University of California’s Industry Documents Library provides an essential complement to the already nearly 15 million and growing internal industry documents from the tobacco, food, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries. This new set of documents provides key evidence regarding what the fossil fuel industry knew regarding the catastrophic impacts climate change and its predicted time horizon, when they knew, and how these companies used every means possible to protect themselves and their shareholders at the expense of everyone else.”

WITF: New website aims to be clearinghouse for shale research

WITF: New website aims to be clearinghouse for shale research. ” A new online tool aims to provide a library of up-to-date research, outlining the effects of the nation’s shale oil and gas boom. The Shale Research Clearinghouse (SHARC) was developed by Resources for the Future, a nonpartisan environmental economic think tank.”

Mashable: Trump administration changes EPA website to be kinder to fracking

Mashable: Trump administration changes EPA website to be kinder to fracking. “At the beginning of the year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made changes to its website pages on fracking. A watchdog group known as the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative tracked those changes across the EPA’s site and just released a report documenting the group’s findings. The result of the changes has left an official U.S. government website looking more like an extension of the fossil fuel industry than a federal agency with a mission to protect the environment.”

Energy Post: A blacklist of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers

Energy Post: A blacklist of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers. “Nearly 1,400 new coal power plant developments are planned or under construction in 59 countries that would add 33% to coal power capacity. But the risks of investing in such projects are growing, and many banks and investors are looking to move away from coal. To help them, non-governmental organisation Urgewald has created a database of the world’s top 120 coal plant developers, says Kathy Hipple of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.”

The Ecologist: New database tracks how Big Oil targets small communities

The Ecologist: New database tracks how Big Oil targets small communities. “Fossil fuel companies like to be seen to be doing good. That’s why you’ll see their logos splashed across school resources, kids’ sports team’s jerseys, and all kinds of ‘STEM’ celebrations. And it’s much more targeted than you might think. DeSmog UK’s new greenwash database – launched today – tracks fossil fuel companies’ involvement in local communities through funding and sponsorship. The entries come from hours of trawling through corporate twitter feeds and corporate social responsibility reports to find out where Big Oil companies are targeted their resources.”

Wilderness Society: New bill will direct federal agencies to account for carbon emissions from public lands

Wilderness Society: New bill will direct federal agencies to account for carbon emissions from public lands. “Today, Reps. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA) introduced H.R. 4126 Transparency in Energy Production Act of 2017. The bill would direct the Department of the Interior to track and house an online database that aggregates the production and emissions data from fossil fuel development on public lands.”

US House of Reps: SST Committee Probes Russian Attempts to Influence U.S. Energy Market via Facebook, Twitter and Google Advertisements

US House of Representatives: SST Committee Probes Russian Attempts to Influence U.S. Energy Market via Facebook, Twitter and Google Advertisements . “U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) yesterday sent letters to the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Inc. requesting documents and information related to Russian entities purchasing anti-fracking and anti-fossil fuel advertisements on the platforms. The letters are part of the committee’s ongoing oversight of efforts to manipulate the U.S. energy market.”

Asharq Al-Awsat: OPEC, UAE Launch Global ‘Oil & Gas’ Database

Asharq Al-Awsat: OPEC, UAE Launch Global ‘Oil & Gas’ Database. “The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the United Arab Emirates’ ministry of energy will next week launch the first phase of a new global oil and gas database project aiming to develop an easy-to-use tool to analyze energy information and allow for more transparency.”

New Oil and Gas Database for Tanzania

The country of Tanzania has a new oil and gas database. “The Tanzania Oil and Gas Almanac, a database prepared by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) Tanzania, will act as a single gateway for oil and gas information and data. The chief editor of the almanac, Mr Abdallah Katunzi, said having the database is crucial for policymakers, researchers, media and the public to obtain data on the extractive industry.” The database will be available in both English and Kiswahili.