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As API Graduates to Plagiarism, a Look Back at the Oil Lobby Groupís Dirtiest Lies

 

 

August 19, 2016 -- This probably isn’t the kind of attention the American Petroleum Institute wanted for their latest smear ad campaign against the Renewable Fuel Standard. What they got instead was a series of embarrassing headlines after getting caught stealing their ad concepts whole cloth from HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.  In a way, the oil lobby’s idea theft was perfect symbolism of how their tank has truly run dry when it comes to attacking their cleaner ethanol competition. Their latest ad campaign is a regurgitation of the same old debunked falsehoods they’ve been pushing for years.  And it is the latest example of how the oil industry and honesty go together like … well, oil and water in the Gulf Coast.  They lie about the taxpayer subsidies they receive. They lie about the frequency of oil spills. They lie about ethanol’s effects on engines and food prices. Most notoriously, they lied about fossil fuels’ contributions to climate change after their own scientists confirmed it.  They are even lying in advance of the inevitable oil price spike, blaming it of course on the RFS, as if prices would be lower if gas made from dirty fossil fuels had more of a monopoly on the market.  When it comes to protecting Big Oil’s bottom line, API has demonstrated for decades that they will say or do anything.  It’s why law and policy makers and members of the media should take what they say every bit as seriously as John Oliver does.

 

Let’s take a look back at some of API’s worst struggles with the truth:

 

API LIE: The Jury Is Still Out on Climate Change

 

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API LIE: API President and CEO Jack Gerard, 11.21.2014: “Failure to repeal [the Renewable Fuel Standard] could put millions of motorists at risk of higher fuel costs, damaged engines, and costly repairs.” 

 

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API LIE: API President and CEO Jack Gerard, March 3, 2016: “Elevated food costs are just one of the many negative consequences of the federal mandate requiring increasing amounts of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply each year”

 

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API LIE: API President and CEO Jack Gerard, January 8, 2013: “The oil and gas industry gets no subsidies, zero, nothing”

 

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API LIE: API President and CEO Jack Gerard, January 4, 2011: BP Oil Spill “Clearly Was a Rare Incident" 

 

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