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Chevron Promotes Petroleum . . . with Clean Energy Game

If you’ve been scratching your head over oil companies’ green PR attempts, there’s a new goodie coming up: Chevron (CVX) is due to unveil its latest eco PR effort, and this time it amounts to an earth-friendly-version of SimCity. We were recently emailed a link to preview it, and while interactive games aimed at promoting energy education already exist, we couldn’t resist getting a glimpse of how an oil company would use a game to promote clean energy. The company will officially launch the free, online game on Sept. 5.

“Welcome to Energyville” reads the game’s intro. The year is 2007, and it’s up to the player to allocate funds to energy-generation plants, ranging from traditional coal to biomass, solar, and wind. The goal? Build an energy economy that keeps the city powered through 2030, without destroying the environment — or the municipal budget. The game tries to highlight the complexities of being “prosperous and secure” while also “living in a clean environment.”
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We named our city “Earth2Tech City” and, with a slight eye roll, prepped for play. To Chevron’s credit, it turns out that the game, which was done in collaboration with The Economist Group, is an easy-to-use and well-designed educational tool that provides an overview of the clean and unclean ways we can power our cities in the coming decade, all while looking at economic viability and safety challenges along the way.

In addition to laying out the challenges and opportunities for different types of power generation, our city (which, graphics-wise, looks more like a suburb that popped up in the middle of nowhere, with a lone car driving around its deserted streets) also has little clickable info boxes on its various buildings that detail how much power each type of energy-hogging facility needs, from commercial buildings to transportation. When that need is met, the info box gets a check mark, and the player can pat his or herself on the back for a job well done.

Thanks to in-game stats by the analyst and research firm Economist Intelligence Unit, we were inundated with stats at every turn while we drag-and-dropped various types of energy-generating plants into our miniature city.

In the end, though, after we decorated the screen with solar, hydro, and wind plants, we forgot to include one thing: petroleum. And Chevron didn’t want us to forget that! We got a warning message: “Earth2Tech City needs petroleum.” The company clearly wants to make sure we know that petroleum-based fuels will remain necessary well into the future, even though alternative fuels need to be part of the picture. Very true, though we’re not sure why we had to play an entire game to figure that one out.

Click back on this post on Sept. 5, and we’ll add a link to the game if you want to check it out.

36 Responses to “Chevron Promotes Petroleum . . . with Clean Energy Game”

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  3. Don Broach

    Guess what people, I got a message just like all of you got. Mine was for the 7,500,000 variety. I sent a couple message asking for some kind of varification, proof, or something to show they were with Cevron Oil. Guess what? I haven’t recieved anything back fro them. This is a scam, no doubt. I get one from somebody new almost every day. Like the saying goes…”if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is”.

  4. victor garcia

    hello i got an email saying i was selected by email and won a million dollars sounds like a scam to me but feel free to contact me through my email and let me know thank you.

  5. I got the same e-mail Saturday, I did work on the Bonanza A and B at Dynamic ind. in New Iberia La.
    I was really happy in see that I won 7,500,000.00 usd.
    But from what I have seen about Chevron personal e-mail, you can only contact them through Chevron e-mail. I am now currently working on the NEMBA project and have a lot of Chevron personal that don’t know anything about this lottery.

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  6. Gabriella from Italy

    This is to inform you that you have won a prize of
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    Winning number……………CT 097886XN
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    Tel: +234-703-713-5586
    E-mail: chevclaims01@live.com
    Yours faithfully,
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  7. Richard

    Hay peoples I gor the exact same one of $700,000USD
    for being the 2008 winner!! Looks there are quite a few 2008 winners. This company must be veeeeery profitable, pity they don’t spend some of that money improving their English, LOL.
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    identity of our luky winner.you have to quickly at fast as
    possible,once again CONGRATULATION.

    Draw (#385)
    Date: 29TH-August 2008.
    Ticket Number:234867009 with a
    Serial Number 80074/09
    Winning numbers: 04, 08, 20, 05, 27, 16 (BONUS.20)
    Amount: $7,500,000.00 USD

    So your mailings are much needed,
    Yours faithfully,
    Mr: Ali Yusuf.
    Services Manager,
    Payment and Release order Department,
    CHEVRON LOTTERY CLAIMS PROCESSING AGENT.
    Federal Capital City,
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    Email:mr_ali_yusuf64@yahoo.com.hk
    Call Me @:+23480-7406-9978

    So I called this number saying that I am from Interpol, LoOoOoOoOoL, the man had a panic attack, saying we are not spam please we are not scam LOL,

  9. Gerardo

    Yesterday I received this emial…. similar to another one above

    CHEVRON OIL/PETROLEUM 2008
    Head Office
    8, Macarthy Street,
    P.M.B Box 166
    Abuja, Nigeria.
    Call us @:+2348032210533
    Email:chevronoil_petroleumonlinebonanz@yahoo.com.hk

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    promotion which is organized by CHEVRON OIL/PETROLUEM 2008. CHEVRON
    OIL/PETROLUEM 2008, collects all the email addresses of the people that
    are active online, among the millions that subscribed to the Internet.we
    only select five people every Year as our winners through computallized
    electronic balloting System without the winner applying, we congratulate
    you for being one of the people selected.

    These are your identificationnumbers:
    Batch number………………..CT 091026XN
    Ref number………………CT 095447XN
    Winning number……………CT 097886XN

    KINDLY PROVIDE TO US THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Full name:………….
    2. Contact Address: …………
    3. Age:…………..
    4. Telephone Number:…………
    5. Sex: ……. ..
    6. Occupation: …………
    7.Nationality:………..
    8.Country:………

    These numbers fall within your Location
    file, you are requested to contact the events manager/Claims Department,
    send your winning identification numbers to him,to enable him verify your
    Email:chevronoil_petroleumonlinebonanz@yahoo.com.hk

    claims.Regards
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  10. Trace Valentine

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    In most cases the email accounts in the email are free email accounts and the phone number is a mobile phone.

    NEVER send any money to the criminals behind these scams. If you do, they will just invent a new fee you have to pay, and if you pay that, they invent a new fee, etc etc until you give up or run out of money.

  11. Trace Valentine

    This is to inform you that you have won a prize
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    Batch number………………..CT 091026XN
    Reff number………………….CT 095447XN
    Winning number……………CT 097886XN
    These numbers fall within your Location file, you
    are requested to contact the events manager/Claims
    Department, send your winning Identification numbers to him,to enable him verifyyourclaims
    Name………….
    phone number……..
    country………
    state………
    sex………
    accupation……..
    address………..
    Tel: +234-703-713-5586
    E-mail: chevclaims@live.com
    Yours faithfully,
    AUSTIN MARK

    I recieved two emails like this, both from different email addresses

  12. I got the message for $900,000. Sure would like the money, but there does not seem to be enough info there to safely claim it. Some grammatical/spacing errors, too. The number starts with a “CT”. . . name has no title like manager or anything like that. Here’s what I was sent:

    CHEVRON OIL/PETROLEUM 2008
    [address/email]

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    prize money of Nine Hundred
    Thousand United States Dollars,
    ($900,000.00) for this year 2008 Lottery
    promotion which is organized by CHEVRON
    OIL/PETROLUEM 2008. CHEVRON
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    are active online, among the millions that
    subscribed to the Internet.we
    only select five people every Year as our
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    balloting System without the winner
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    Ref number………………….[just in case!]
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  14. my daughter received sms stating you have won R755 000. i phoned and was told to deposit the amount of R1750 into an FNB account in the name of SM SELEBE. lucky for me i search the website just in time to read about this scam. the sms said to call “william smit” to claim your prize. according to the person i spoke to, the amount of R1750 was to register in order to get your prize on the same day he also suggested that i make use of Shoprite Moneymarket to pay the money and this will insure that i get the winning money on the same day. my husband has reported this to our local SAPS who will investigate this matter, because they are also aware of this scam, atleast now they have a bank account number and name to investigate.

  15. well I also got an email stated I won $US750.000. When I search the internet for onlinebonanza. chevron oil I found out that it was a scam.So do not be fooled by the Nigerian scamers who use the internet to steal money from people.

  16. I received an sms saying I won R755 000,from chevron petroleum bonanza,so i must call to claim,foolishly i believed it,and he’s been asking for money to process my winnings,which I sent,but he keeps asking for more and now i’m not so sure.Is this winning thing legit?

  17. guys, i got the email saying I’ m a winner of $700.000. if it is a scam, why don’t you guys do something about it? post a comment or something.

  18. winner,your mail was the lucky winner of our CHEVRON ONLINE BONANZA.
    So all you have to do is to go on with the forms filling, so as to know the
    identity of our

    lucky winner.

    Once again CONGRATULATION.

    Draw (#385)
    Ticket Number:234867009 with a
    Serial Number 80074/09
    Winning numbers: 04, 08, 20, 05, 27, 16 (BONUS.20)
    Amount: $750,000.00 USD

    Contact the promotion Manager with the information below:

    Full Names:………………………………
    Contact Address:…………………
    Nationality:…………..
    Sex:……….
    Tel:…………………….
    Home/Mobile:………………….
    Fax:………………..
    Occupation:………………………
    Batch/Winning Numbers:…………………………..
    Mrital status:……………………….
    Country:…………………..

    Yours faithfully,
    Mr: Hamed Saliyu
    Email: chevpetro.claimdept@live.com

    I got this one, i think it is a scam because we have the same ticket number

  19. tepusi angelica

    We bring to your notice,that during our randomly select of the(CHEVRON
    OIL/PETROLEUM)lucky winner,your mail was the luckiest winner of our
    CHEVRON ONLINE BONANZA.So all you have to do,right away is for you to go
    on with the forms filling,so as to know the identity of our luky
    winner.You have to quickly at fast as possible Draw (#385) Date: 6TH-june
    2008. Ticket Number:234867009 with a Serial Number 80074/09 Winning
    numbers : 04, 08, 20, 05, 27, 16 (BONUS.20) Amount: $7,500,000.00 USD.
    Contact the promotion Manager with the information below:
    Full Names:……………………………… Contact
    Address:……………….. Nationality:………….. Sex:……….
    Tel:……………………
    Home/Mobile:………………….Fax:……………….
    Occupation:……………………… Batch/Winning
    Numbers:…………………………..Mritalstatus:………………………Country:…………………..
    So your mailings are much needed,
    Yours faithfully, Mr: Ali Yusuf.
    Services Manager,
    Payment and Release order Department,
    CHEVRON LOTTERY CLAIMS PROCESSING AGENT.
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    Call us @:+23480-507-65553