Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Big Oil Launching PR Campaign To Try To Influence New Congress

The American Petroleum Institute is planning to launch a major "educational advocacy" program in January 2007 to broaden efforts directed at public policy experts, regulatory officials, and other influential individuals starting in January 2007.

The goal, according to PR Week, is to frame issues (read: present its spin) for the new Congress.

If the institute, which represents 400 major oil and gas producers, can successfully foist its side of the story, maybe Congress won't investigate Big Oil's record earnings, Vice President Dick Cheney's secretive energy task force, or the peculiar way that gasoline prices tumbled in the weeks before the election, but mysteriously began rising immediately therafter.

Institute president and chief executive officer Red Cavaney told PR Week that, with assistance from the public relations firm Edelman, the institute had recently worked to "put earnings in perspective, to explain how we reinvest them."

The campaign will also feature television and magazine advertisements, and tours of oil and gas operations. So the average American will get to hear Big Oil's spin, too.


Anonymous Dave G. said...

Sorry, but the gas price thing isn't a conspiracy. Prices usually come down in the shoulder season, when driving tails off after the summer driving period. It's pretty much pure economics. The only thing throwing a monkey in that wrench is Bush's stupid, snickering mention of gas prices as a key to how the election would come out (guffaw guffaw), and it ended up not mattering.

7:13 AM  
Blogger thewaronterrible said...

I'm not as concerned about possible revelations of the gas price roller-coaster.
But we'll see how pliable the Democrats really can be if this PR initiative in any way stops the promised investigations of the new congress into Cheney's inexplicably secret Energy Task Force.
Let's all hold the Dems accountable for completing these investigations.
If nothing else, they will probably expose Cheney's filthy little secret that the top criminals at Enron and Bush Administration good ole' buddies have dictated the entire U.S. energy policy.

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well at least one lib understands supply and demand. SHOCKING! Although I dont recall the president "snickering". That just may be a lib conspiracy.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

I wish I could get myself up for investigations into the energy task force, but we're 5.5 years after that, and there's such a trainwreck of destruction wrought by this travesty of an administration, the Cheney Energy Task Force ranks about #186 on my list by now.

9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. Let's instead get Bush and Cheney on international war crimes.
War Crimes Tribunals would be easier to pursue than would be impeachment hearings, and impeachment would not be too good for 'em anyway.

1:31 PM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

DG -- couple of things.

1) Obviously Big Oil is worried about any and all of the above possible investigations.

2) On gas prices. Yes, supply and demand and blah, blah. But you'll recall that in the spring, the conservative spin was that incredible demand from India and China was driving up prices (all the more reason for clean coal and nuclear power and drilling in Anwar.)

How is it that the Chinese and Indian demand fizzled so dramatically? Or was that just hogwash from the Hannitys and Limbaughs of the world?

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Rob - yes and no on what you're saying. Oil prices remained pretty high for quite a while there, but gasoline prices, which are much more a local issue (b/c of certain refining-related concerns) came down more dramatically. Oil has since followed, but I think they're 2 separate issues in that case.

5:22 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

The public is being manipulated with the gas prices by big Oil and by this administration!. If there was a real concern about the affect on our security because of oil supplies and prices, there would be a much greater effort to conserve energy and to find many sources of alternative energy! Why solve this problem when there are a few Americans that can get extremely wealthy from the shortage and high demand for petroleum energy! Shows that Money trumps everything!

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the PR blitz will be more an effort to keep as much of those federal subsidies in the pockets of big oil than anything else. They've got to be petrified at the prospect of actually having to pay for things like research and exploration without massive handouts to pay for them.

As for manipulating the price of oil, does anyone really think that they have the power in the international market to do this by themselves? Or that there aren't many others (nation states, nationalized oil companies, etc) who wouldn't be trying to do the same. Most realistic evaluations of what the true price of crude should be set the price at well over $ 100 a barrel.

6:45 PM  

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