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A Veto Proof Majority In Favor Of Keystone XL?

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Politico notes that, with the GOP’s victories last night and the Democrats who are on record supporting it, there is now a veto proof majority in Congress in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that the Obama Administration has spent the last five years delaying time after time: Republicans will command a filibuster-proof Senate […]

BP To Pay $4.5 Billion In Fines, Plead Guilty To 11 Counts, In Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

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More than two years after an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico, during which oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months and caused severe environmental damage along the Gulf Coast, BP has reached a settlement with the Federal Government on the claims against it: LONDON — BP, […]

Offshore Rig Explosion

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Via CNN:  Rescue efforts under way after oil rig explosion in Gulf U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough tells CNN that 12 people from the rig are in the water immersion suits as they await rescue. Colclough told CNN there are reports the rig is still on fire. […] Asked about concerns regarding oil […]

Maybe The Gulf Oil Didn’t Go Away After All

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It’s beginning to look like initial reports that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had been “cleaned up” may not be true after all.

Most Oil Is Gone From The Gulf

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It may come as a surprise given the gloom-and-doom headlines we were treated to during the three-month long Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis, but it looks like most of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon well is gone: The Obama administration says in a report out Wednesday that a combination of Mother Nature and […]

The Wall Street Journal Versus Moral Responsibility

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In arguing against lifting liability caps on offshore drilling, the Wall Street Journal is arguing against both moral responsibility and the free market.

BP Spill Damage Exaggerated?

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Now that the flood of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig has been staunched, some are arguing that the prophesied environmental catastrophe was greatly overblown.

One Hundred Days Later, Oil Is Disappearing From The Gulf

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One hundred days after the Deepwater Horizon rig was destroyed, response teams are having trouble finding oil slicks in the Gulf of Mexico: The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be dissolving far more rapidly than anyone expected, a piece of good news that raises tricky new questions about how fast the […]

Michigan Oil Spill

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800,000 gallons of oil have leaked from a pipeline into a creek that flows into the Kalamazoo River. BP is not involved.

Offshore Drilling Moratorium Reimposed

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The Department of the Interior has, unwisely and unnecessarily, reimposed the ban on deep water offshore drilling.

Media Access Rules In Gulf Preventing Media From Covering Oil Spill

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From last night AC360, here’s a rather disturbing report about new media access rules that seem to be making it nearly impossible for the press to cover the worst environmental disaster in American history: While I agree that there needs to be some reasonable rules that allow clean-up crews to do their job, cutting off […]

BP to Help Stations

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According to the AP (BP giving financial help to stations), BP is going to provide some financial help to their gas stations to help offset declining sales as a result of boycotts. This could work if, in fact, the station owners pass on the savings to the consumers, as the best way to dissuade boycotters […]

The Truth About The Jones Act And The Oil Spill: The Right Gets One Wrong

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Marc Ambinder does a good job of debunking the idea that the Obama Administration’s failure to waive the Jones Act has impeded the cleanup effort in the Gulf Of Mexico: The truth: Not a single government that has offered its assets for free has been refused by the U.S. … The government, on Obama’s orders, is moving […]

Bill Clinton: Blow Up The Well

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America’s 42nd President offers his advice on how to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil leak: Insert appropriate Bill Clinton/drilling joke here.

Hitler Comparisons and Bad History

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Contrary to popular belief, Adolf Hitler didn’t come to power by democratic means or because of his ability to whip the public into a frenzy.

BP Using Costner Device

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Via Yahoo! News:  Costner cleanup device gets high marks from BP. Who knew?  It all sounded a bit wacky when Costner was testifying before Congress about the things. See, also, the NYT:  Advances in Oil Spill Cleanup Lag Since Valdez.

LSU Facing Massive Cuts

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LSU is facing some potential deep cuts in its budget.

Obama’s Approval Numbers Sinking Fast

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Another poll brings bad news for the White House.

North Carolina GOP Nominates Oil Spill Conspiracy Theorist For Congress

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One of the odder results of yesterday’s primary elections was the victory of Bill Randall in the GOP primary for North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District: North Carolinians made their choice in the 13th Congressional District Republican runoff last night. And most of them went with the guy whose take on the worst environmental disaster in […]

Accident In Gulf Causes Oil Flow To Increase

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Well, this is certainly bad news: BP suffered another setback in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, when a discharge of liquid and gases forced the company to remove the containment cap that for three weeks had been able to capture a large portion of the oil gushing from its damaged well. Adm. Thad W. […]

Raining Oil In Louisiana ?

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This video making the rounds on Twitter appears to show traces of oil during a rain storm in Louisiana: I’m not sure what this means, if it means anything, but it doesn’t look good.

Gulf Oil Spill To Hit Atlantic in October

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A group of oceanographers suggest that the oil from the Deepwater Horizon explosion will leave the Gulf in a few months. What happens then?

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Administration’s Oil Drilling Moratorium

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A Federal Judge in Louisiana has told the Obama Administration that it can’t ban offshore drilling in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Obama Gets Failing Grade On Oil Spill Response

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President Obama continues to suffer politically as a result of the oil spill crisis.

About that Tyrannical Escrow Fund…

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The escrow fund was a big negative for BP, yes?

Waiving the Jones Act

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Should Obama waive restrictions on international shipping, as Bush did during Katrina? It’s more complicated than you may think.

The President is Just Like…

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It is notoriously difficult to judge a presidency mid-stream.

Gulf Oil Spill Gives Charlie Crist A Major Boost In Florida Senate Race

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The Florida Senate race has taken a turn that few people expected thanks to the political impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Tony Hayward Gets His Life Back, Goes Yachting

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Just call it the latest in a two month series of public relations disasters by the CEO of BP: (AP)  In what one environmentalist described as “yet another public relations disaster” for embattled energy giant BP, CEO Tony Hayward took time off Saturday to attend a glitzy yacht race around England’s Isle of Wight. As […]

Partner In Deepwater Horizon Rig Blames Explosion On BP Recklessness

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While BP still struggles to turn off the gusher of oil seeping up from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, one of its partners in the Deepwater Horizon is already assessing blame: BP’s three-front oil spill war — on the seafloor, on the Gulf Coast and in Congress — turned into a four-front battle […]

Democrats Feature Joe Barton, Michelle Bachmann In Ads Tying GOP To Defense Of BP

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Congressman Joe Barton’s clumsy, unnecessary, and politically stupid comments at Thursday’s House Committee hearing have already been turned into a television ad: Along the same lines, the Democrat faced with the unenviable task of running against Michelle Bachmann has come out with an ad featuring some of her comments: It’s not clear if this meme […]

Tony Hayward Out As Public Face Of BP

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A day after being grilled by a Congressional Committee, Tony Hayward will apparently no longer be the public face of BP on the oil spill: BP’s chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has told Sky’s Jeff Randall that embattled chief executive Tony Hayward is to have a changed role in dealing with the oil spill. Asked by Randall […]

Oil Spill Photos

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Via the TEDblog:  Aerial photos of the oil slick.

Bureaucracy Standing In The Way Of Oil Spill Clean Up Efforts

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One of the most frequently heard stories coming out of the Gulf Region over the past two months is the extent to which bureaucracy is standing in the way of efforts to cleanup the oil spill and prevent it from causing further damage to coast areas. The most recent example of that can be seen […]

Oil Industry Insider Says Oil Spill Flow Is Closer To 120,000 Barrels A Day

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Matthew Simmons, an oil industry insider who has been a prominent proponent of the Peak Oil hypothesis, says that we’re still not being told the complete truth about the oil leaking out of the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico:

Explaining Barton

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Nate Silver uncovers at least one possible reason that Barton feels the need to go easy on BP:  click.

Alabama Republican: Cigarettes A Worse Environmental Disaster Than The Oil Spill

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If you thought that Joe Barton and Michelle Bachmann had won today’s prize for dumbest comment by a Congressional Republican, well you haven’t met Congressman Parker Griffith of Alabama: In his opening statement at today’s BP hearing in the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Alabama Republican Parker Griffith downplayed the oil spill: The greatest […]

Bachmann, BP and the GOP

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To follow on from Doug’s post on Rep. Joe Barton’s apology to BP’s CEO, I noted last night the following, which I have not yet had time to write about. Via the Minnesota Independent: Bachmann calls oil spill victim escrow account ‘a redistribution-of-wealth fund’.  The article quotes Bachman as follows: The president just called for […]

Majority Disapproves Of President’s Handling Of Oil Spill Crisis

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A new poll taken after the President’s Tuesday address brings bad news for the White House: Washington (CNN) – Six in ten Americans disapprove of how President Barack Obama’s handling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a jump from last month, according to a new national poll. A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey also […]

Republican Congressman Apologizes To BP For White House “Shakedown”

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The Congressional hearings on the BP oil spill are just starting, but we’ve already got the first headline of the day: WASHINGTON – A leading House Republican accused the White House Thursday of a “$20 billion shakedown” of oil giant BP by requiring the company to establish a huge fund to compensate those hurt by […]

On a Lighter Note…

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The President’s promise to kick some backside (and Doug’s post today) made me think of the following clip from Fawlty Towers:  click (through 28:03). Of course, one has to understand that the fellow making the threat is an American.  The episode itself (like the entire series) is a classic.

Jon Stewart On The Never-Ending Quest For “Energy Independence”

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Last night Jon Stewart did an amusing, and spot-on, piece about the history of Presidential promises of “energy independence:” The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c

Meanwhile, Across The Pond, The Brits Are Not Amused

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Last week, I noted that the British seemed to be taking the reaction of the Obama Administration, and Americans in general, quite personally, and perceiving it as an attack on Britain as a whole. Well, if their reaction to yesterday’s meeting between White House officials and BP Executives is any indication, the sentiment has not […]

BP Chairman: We Care About The Small People

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There was a minor tempest brewed up yesterday when Carl-Henric Svanberg, the Chairman of BP spoke outside the White House after the day-long meeting between BP Executives and White House staffers: “And we care about the small people. I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don’t care. But that is […]

An Depressing Photo from Orange Beach, AL

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Via the Guardian:  click.

BP Agrees To Creation Of $ 20 Billion Escrow Fund

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One of the few concrete ideas to come out of President Obama’s speech last night appears to be a done deal: WASHINGTON — The White House and BP tentatively agreed on Wednesday that the oil giant would create a $20 billion fund to pay claims for the worst oil spill in American history. The fund […]

About that Addiction to Oil…

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While I am picking on the linguistic choices of the president, let me note that I think that “addiction” is the wrong word to describe the relationship between fossil fuels and our society. In the speech he used the term twice: For decades, we’ve talked and talked about the need to end America’s century-long addiction […]

Enough with the Moon, Already

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In his speech last night, President Obama said: The one answer I will not settle for is the idea that this challenge is somehow too big and too difficult to meet.  You know, the same thing was said about our ability to produce enough planes and tanks in World War II.  The same thing was […]

Oil Spill Estimates Skyrocket Once Again

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The one consistent fact about the Gulf Oil Spill is this; whatever the estimate of the rate of flow from the Deepwater Horizon well, the actual number is much higher: A government panel on Tuesday released yet another estimate of the amount of oil flowing from BP’s damaged well, declaring that as much as 60,000 […]

Obama Swings And Misses In Oval Office Address

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President Obama used the prestige of his very first Oval Office speech to report to the American public on Day 57 of the Gulf Oil Spill Crisis, and it was, quite honestly, less than it should have been: WASHINGTON — President Obama summoned Americans on Tuesday to a “national mission” to move away from reliance […]

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