The last barrel ///

Last month, this column described how the national media have refused to report two significant achievements made by the U.S. upstream industry in reducing emissions, as relates to natural gas. As I pointed out, most U.S. citizens haven’t heard about these numbers, because the national media can’t stand the fact that something good was achieved by the oil and gas industry. In an extension of that syndrome, we now find that the national media can’t even bring themselves to report the significant humanitarian assistance being provided by the industry in the wake of the Oklahoma tornadoes of late May and very early June. In fact, 10 days after the E5 tornado hit Moore, Okla., an Associated Press story, which was picked up by CBS, NBC and other national media, failed to give even a hint of this industry’s charitable contributions, or, for that matter, any corporate assistance. Instead, the story lavished praise on several country music stars for staging a benefit concert on May 29. It also mentioned, very generically, that the Red Cross raised about $15 million in the three days after that May 20 tornado. Well, where do those twits at AP think the money came from?

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