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“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
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“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times
“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
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“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
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11. THE TRUE COST OF OIL

Executives in a solar energy public corporation in California refute the argument that oil is much cheaper than solar power and provide independent research studies that show the true cost of oil is prohibitively high. In fact, without enormous government subsidies -­hidden costs amounting to some $57 billion a year — consumers would refuse to pay oil’s price.

Following are four areas that contribute to the estimated annual $57 billion hidden cost to consumers for oil:

DEFENSE: Several research groups, including the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the Center for Defense Information estimate the cost of defending our supply from the Persian Gulf ranges from $40 to $54 billion annually.

FEDERAL SUBSIDIES: According to a 1978 Department of Energy study, the oil industry has historically received more than $123 billion in federal subsidies. The handout began in 1916 when the federal government sought to boost production for WWI. Many more subsidies have been given to the oil industry since then, encouraging rapid depletion of US oil reserves and contributing to US domestic oil deficits since the 1950s. The full extent of annual energy subsidies is estimated at about $8.58 billion based on a study by the Rocky Mountain Institute. (The Great Tax Reform Act supposedly demolished most tax shelters but the oil lobbies successfully saved their tax write-offs, yet proved that alternative energy tax credits were not need; in 1986, all federal tax credits for solar were eliminated.)

STRATEGIC PETROLEUM PROGRAM: According to the Fund for Renewable Energy and the Environment,   a …_“total of $17.23 billion has been spent on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve program (SPR) since its inception in 1976; $671 million was obligated for FY 1987 and another $270 million was requested for FY1988.

ENVIRONMENTAL AL….C.O.STS: The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that there are more than 10,000 oil spills each year. In 1987, there were 15,005 spills reported. Although the exact costs of spills are difficult to determine, the Coast Guard uses the figure of $10 per gallon to estimate the costs of cleaning up spills. Based on a ten-year study, the average annual environmental cost of oil spills is estimated at $ 226 million.

Altogether, the total amount of hidden US tax dollars going to support the oil industry annually can be estimated at $57 billion. Some argue that it is in the nation’s “best interest” to help the oil industry since the economy is do dependent on oil. But does the oil industry really need the taxpayers’ help. According to most oil industry analysts, 1986 was a “bad year.” Oil prices were way down and so were profits. Yet seven oil companies ranked among the most profitable companies in the country that year and Exxon, with a net income of more than five billion dollars, was the most profitable company in the country.

Ironically, even as this is being written, the environmental costs, noted above, are being magnified as the cleanup of the worst oil spill in US history, caused by the supertanker Valdez which ran aground off Alaska, is begun. The Valdez is an Exxon supertanker.

SOURCE:

EARTH ISLAND JOURNAL, Summer 1988, “The True Cost of Oil (Or, What the Oil Companies Don’t Want You to Know),” by Gary Starr and Susan Bryer Starr, pp 22-23.

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