John Noël - National Oil and Gas Program Director

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Oil Industry Wants It All in the Tax Debate [Part 2]

November 9, 2017

Fossil fuel champions repeatedly introduce legislation to eliminate the long-term monitoring requirements for enhanced oil recovery operations that use carbon dioxide (CO2). The CO2 Regulatory Certainty Act, introduced by Senator Hoeven and Daines, is a pure handout to the oil industry.

Stranglehold: Oil and Gas Money is Choking Our Democracy

The FUTURE Act is Stuck in the Past [Part 1]

November 1, 2017

New legislation dubbed the FUTURE Act is supposedly a climate solution. But in reality the FUTURE Act would put drinking water at risk, encourage more oil drilling without putting adequate protections in place, and add to the more than $20 billion in taxpayer subsidies the oil and gas industry enjoys every year.

Child's drawing to EPA about methane

EPA Methane Standards Hearing: Commonsense Protections Already Finalized

July 11, 2017

Yesterday, I delivered the following testimony to EPA, opposing their planned two-year stay on methane pollution limits.

Scott Pruitt: Unfit to lead EPA

Pay to Play All Day: Scott Pruitt

January 18, 2017

There are many reasons Scott Pruitt should not be allowed near the EPA building let alone lead the Agency. Put aside the fact that, instead of representing Oklahomans, Pruitt used the AG's office as a tool in his crusade to sue EPA 14 times.

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Myron Ebell as New EPA Pick: The Fringe in the Driver Seat

November 15, 2016

It cannot be overstated how much of an outlier Myron Ebell’s views are on climate change.

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American Horror Story: Trump’s Cabinet

October 19, 2016

Donald Trump publically shuns a “rigged system” and the “establishment.” But when it comes to assembling his team of advisors and the personnel he wants to lead government agencies under his administration, he has fully bought into the D.C. energy lobbyist establishment and policies from dark money think tanks.

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The Oil and Gas Industry’s Web of Denial

July 11, 2016

If it feels like the oil and gas industry has a leg up when it comes to developing policies that affect our health and the environment – you are not crazy.

That is exactly what has been happening for decades and it’s not an accident. There has been a calculated effort from the industry to leverage its resources to influence policy decisions and to elect favorable candidates to develop those policies.

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EPA Bans Oil & Gas Wastewater from Municipal Water Treatment Plants

June 24, 2016

EPA recently finalized a rule under the Clean Water Act to protect rivers and drinking water supplies from direct discharges of fracking wastewater by municipal sewage plants.

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The Chilling Effect of Oil & Gas Money on Democracy

June 10, 2016
  • Did you know that in 2014 the oil and gas industry spent over $141 million on lobbying on Capitol Hill? That’s over $380,000 a day!
  • In the last Presidential election, the industry spent $153 million promoting a future centered on oil, gas and coal.