28 Apr '14, 7pm

Oil Industry Cherry-Picks Drilling Data to Mislead Public on Federal Lease Programs

Oil Industry Cherry-Picks Drilling Data to Mislead Public on Federal Lease Programs

The oil industry and its well-compensated apologists in Congress like to complain that the Obama administration is stalling oil production on public lands. The problem with that argument: it’s demonstrably false. While plenty of environmental advocates may wish that President Obama was actively working to keep the fossil fuel reserves underground, the data tells a much different story. In fact, according to new data released by the Department of the Interior , the amount of crude oil produced on onshore federal lands in 2013 was the highest it has been in over a decade. This hasn’t stopped the oil industry from “distorting and cherry-picking statistics,” in the words of the Center for Western Priorities , to argue for even fewer regulations and more lax permitting processes. A recent post on the The Daily Caller is representative of the oil industry's spin, and provides a ...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/2014/04/28/oil-industry-cherry-...

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