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Blood For Oil

Look east from the Kurdish trenches on a dusty ridge outside the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk and you can see the cause of it all: a rudimentary oil field where...

Inside the Death Star -- Also Known as Exxon

Like all the Big Oil players now operating in the Gulf of Mexico, ExxonMobil was required to file a spill response plan with the Department of Interior that...

Is Iraq Headed for a Crackup?

Patrick Cockburn, one of the best reporters now covering the Middle East, recently described the growing tensions in Iraq over the question of sharing its oil...

Groundhog Day: An Oil Giant Spins a Spill

Credibility is a precious thing. Oil giant ExxonMobil did not have much to begin with, but it went even deeper into its scarce reserves in the past few days when...

Another Oil Spill, as ExxonMobil Fouls Montana

Amid the fireworks, parades, and hot dogs of this past Fourth of July weekend was that sinking feeling of déjà vu when news broke that yet another oil spill was...

Dune Lankard: Scream of the Little Bird

It takes a special kind of courage to take a stand against your friends and neighbors--especially if you're a member of Alaska's proud Eyak Indian tribe. But...

Takeover Rumors: Why Would Anyone Want to Buy BP?

Who would want BP? Perhaps one of the least-loved companies in the world right now, the energy giant is spending more than $30 million a day trying to clean up...

Measuring the Spill: How the Government Did It

As BP's efforts to stanch the flow of oil gushing out of its collapsed rig in the Gulf of Mexico continue, there's not much for any of the world's giant...

Still Digging Up Exxon Valdez Oil, 20 Years Later

Twenty years since the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground in southeastern Alaska on March 24, 1989, spreading an 11-million-gallon crude-oil inkblot into Prince...

Remembering the Lessons of the "Exxon Valdez"

Twenty years since the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground on the night of Mar. 24, 1989 — spilling nearly 11 million gallons of crude oil, which would coat 1,300...

Pipeline to Nowhere?

In 2001, a burly anchorage longshoreman named Scott Heyworth turned up in the nearby town of Wasilla for a meeting with its mayor, Sarah Palin. Heyworth, a local...

Splitting Power at the Top

As chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil, Rex Tillerson can arguably claim to have played a key role in delivering a record $40.6 billion in profit to shareholders...