by Chet Hardin
In an effort to bring some clarity to the oft-heated environmental debate, the Checks and Balances Project has initiated the Western Lands and Energy Dashboard.
As you can see from the image above, this site will be a place to collect information regarding energy issues, such as federal subsidies that are profiting the oil and gas companies.
An interesting note: According to the Project, annual drilling for oil and gas has reached an all-time high under the Obama administration.
Read about the team behind Checks and Balances Project here.
From Friday's press release:
Today, the Checks and Balances Project launched its Western Lands and Energy Dashboard examining oil and gas development and public lands access in the West.
The dashboard is an impartial counter to the rhetoric of industry lobby groups such as American Petroleum Institute and Western Energy Alliance as well as politicians with deep industry ties as a result of oil and gas campaign contributions.
The dashboard presents the facts and figures of the oil and gas industry and public lands development in a simple and clear way, with links to original sources.
“After the State of the Union address, we saw a pile-on by industry lobbyists and Big Oil politicians to spread misinformation about the health of America’s oil and gas industry,” said Matt Garrington, Denver-based co-director of The Checks and Balances Project. “Our research demonstrates that business is booming for the oil and gas industry, and that those companies continue to underutilize existing access to public land while demanding taxpayer handouts.”
“Last year, under the Obama administration, oil companies reported $104 billion in profits and enjoyed the highest level of drilling activity since the Reagan era. This is the sort of information the oil and gas industry and their supporters in Congress neglect to mention. We want to set the record straight,” continued Garrington.