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Weekly Pulse: Insurance, Dispersants, and Teen Botox

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Is the IV Bag half-empty or half-full? Theda Skocpol, the author of a forthcoming book on President Ba...

Dinner at Tara

Rachel Ben-Avi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rachel Ben-Avi

We dined on Aug. 11 at the Governor's Mansion in Baton Rouge. The menu had Louisiana Seafood Gumbo as a first course. "Are they kidding?" I asked my table mates.

Facing the Oil: Women of the Louisiana Delta Nourish Hearts and Souls

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

A few years back I was in Tokyo for a Japanese P.E.N. conference on art and disaster. The theme focused on how art flows from the human response to ca...

Gulf Residents Speak Out About Severe Sickness From Chemicals In The Gulf

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

"The health effects are the most frightening because everybody is sick and the doctors here don't know how to treat us. We are having a hard time finding doctors."

Where's the Oil? Here, There, and Everywhere

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Public opinion, manipulated by media and political expediency will not change how nature has responded to the Corexit dispersants and millions of gallons of oil that have been dumped into the Gulf.

The BP Disaster Continues Despite the Cheerful Happy Talk

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob Cesca

The press, government officials and BP pitchmen are insulting our intelligence by suggesting that the oil has vanished and there's nothing to worry about. They can whistle away the crisis as much as they want, but we'd all do well to stay on top of this.

The Crime of the Century: What BP and the US Government Don't Want You to Know, Part I

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

To judge from most media coverage, the beaches are open, the fishing restrictions being lifted and the Gulf resorts open for business in a safe environment. We spent the last few weeks along the Gulf coast, and the reality is distinctly different.

Dan Froomkin

Limited Test Finds Dispersant Not Adding Toxicity To Oil, But Questions Remain | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The combination of oil and dispersants is no more toxic to sea life than oil alone, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday after conduct...

BP Gulf Disaster Act Two: The Corexit Calamity

RP Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
RP Siegel

Now that BP's spurting oil well has apparently been shut in, it would be nice to think that the worst is over and all that remains now is the long, slow process of cleaning up the mess.

BP Oil Dispersants Used Regularly Even After White House Order; Coast Guard Allowed It

AP | H. JOSEF HEBERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard has routinely approved BP requests to use thousands of gallons of toxic chemical a day to break up oil slicks ...

Dan Froomkin

Scientists Find Evidence That Oil And Dispersant Mix Is Making Its Way Into The Foodchain | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Scientists have found signs of an oil-and-dispersant mix under the shells of tiny blue crab larvae in the Gulf of Mexico, the first clear indication t...

Gulf Fisheries Opened: Safe Or BP Politics, PR and "Sock Puppetry?"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, NOAA Administrator, announced the re-opening of a substantial portion of the southeast section of the closed fishing area in Gulf ...

Fishing and Breathing BP's Oil: What's "Safe?"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Is it acceptable for recreational anglers, but not Grandma in Iowa, to consume seafood from previously closed fishing grounds on the Louisiana coast?

Dispersants: EPA Informs BP To Use Less Toxic Chemicals To Break Up Spill | Juliet Eilperin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Environmental Protection Agency informed BP officials late Wednesday that the company has 24 hours to choose a less toxic form of chemical dispers...

BP Using Dispersants Banned in U.K. For Being More Toxic And Less Effective

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The two types of dispersants BP is spraying in the Gulf are banned for use [1] on oil spills in the U.K. As EPA-approved products [2], BP has been usi...

Small Group Activism in the Gulf

Lee Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Lee Schneider

A writer and a yoga teacher head down to the Gulf to save sea turtles. That's small group activism. Really small. Just two guys on a mission.

Is BP the Fox Guarding the Henhouse?

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 10.26.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

It is an outrage that Corexit continues to jeopardize both the health of the public and of the Gulf marine life exposed to the chemical. Both the EPA and BP are to blame, with the former allowing the latter to shoot first, ask questions later.

Winona LaDuke Pledges Help for Native Tribes Facing BP Oil

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

"She was a woman drawn to the border. She was drawn to battle; into the cycle of war and revenge. She never professed to understand war or to understa...

EPA, Coast Guard, and BP PR Tied to Airborne Corexit Denials

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

If Unified Command is suggesting that oil spill responders might want to reconsider using respirators, why have we been told by the EPA, at a press conference, that there are no dispersants in the air?

Does EPA Test for Endocrine Disruptors in Corexit Tell Us Anything?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Georgianne Nienaber

Did the EPA, in its tests for "endocrine disruptors" in the dispersant used in the Gulf of Mexico, offer misleading information that has little value ...

Surfers Lament the Largest Oil Spill in U.S. History

Zach Weisberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Zach Weisberg

A 45-year-old surfer, who lives near New Orleans, paints a clearer picture of what this disaster actually feels like for Louisiana residents and the local surf community.

Does EPA Mean Business As Usual? Is It Really Safe to Go Back in the Water?

Nancy Chuda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nancy Chuda

BP cannot ignore 60 thousand barrels of oil a day. There is no apology. No executive on record will ever be able to undo or replace lives and livelihoods that have been taken.

New Photos Show Oil-Soaked Dolphins Struggling in Barataria Bay, Louisiana

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

There are no published photos or videos that we've been able to find, no stories that describe the oil-encrusted dorsal fins and odd behavior that suggest an under-reported environmental catastrophe.

British Petroleum Rebuffs Better Boom Barrier

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber


What Are REALLY In The Chemical Dispersants? Help Us Find Out

Huffington Post/Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As the BP leak has dumped thousands of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico each day--and the responses of the oil firm and the Obama administration have b...