Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Big oil plans new assault on smog standard with ad campaign, etc

Below is an item making the rounds of the DC press corps. The oil industry is planning a new phase of its propaganda campaign against EPA setting national smog standards that might actually be based on science and protect people's health.

According to this advisory, the American Petroleum Institute will unveil a new "study" which undoubtedly will exaggerate the cost of meeting tougher new smog standards. (The industry has a 40-year track record of being dead wrong about the costs of clean air controls.)

And a new "ad campaign." Undoubtedly more mindless propaganda. Somehow I doubt the ad campaign will talk about industry's pretty healthy profits. (Conoco Phillips just reported healthy earnings today.)

The Obama administration has shown weakness on this. And the oil companies obviously believe they can exploit that.


API releases new study on EPA’s ozone NAAQS regulations ahead of meeting
with White House officials

Conference call with reporters on Thursday, July 28, at 10:00 am Please join API officials for a press conference call prior to a meeting on EPA’s ozone NAAQS regulations between API and The White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Dr. Anne E. Smith, an economist with NERA Economic Consulting, will present the results of a new study challenging EPA’s cost benefit analysis for the proposed ozone rule. API will comment on the most recent delay in the EPA final rule and also announce a new ad campaign going into the final days of the ozone NAAQS debate.
There will also be a question and answer session.
What: Conference call on EPA’s ozone NAAQS regulations

Who: Howard Feldman, API director of scientific and regulatory policy
Khary Cauthen, API director of government affairs
Anne Smith, senior vice president of NERA Economic Consulting

When: Thursday, July 28, 2011

10:00 am ET

Phone: (800) 374-2418
Conference ID: 869 95 212

Please RSVP by replying to or by calling API media relations at 202-682-8114.

This call is open to credentialed media only.

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