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Transocean Denies Skimping On Deepwater Horizon Maintenance

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.31.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the April 1, 2013 edition.) At the Gulf spill trial last week, a Transocean executive and a c...

New Orleans-Based Trial Assesses 2010 Gulf Spill Blame

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.02.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the March 4, 2013 edition.) A landmark environmental trial kicked off last week at United Sta...

Obama and Oil Drilling: How Can You Be Sure?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Is the benefit of the extra oil we will get from deepwater drilling (half a year's worth of additional crude) worth the environmental risks of another major accident? The Obama administration has obviously decided yes.

BP and the Food Truck Guy

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Mark Green

Should government destroy New York's Bistro Food truck guy because of three parking tickets, but not revoke the charter of BP for being a corporate recidivist?

Bloomberg News Refuses to Correct Blatantly False Drilling Ban Story

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Josh Nelson

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, the answer is no. On Thursday I documented a blatantly false Bloomberg news story designed to mislead readers ab...

Bush MMS Director: 'When I Was There It Seemed To Work Well'

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Johnnie Burton, the director of Bush's Minerals Management Service (MMS) from 2002 to 2007, has no regrets about her tenure, saying in an interview th...

SEC and MMS: A Tale of Two Failures

Eliot Spitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eliot Spitzer

We have endured two cataclysms in which a regulatory agency failed to meet even the minimum requirements for doing its job. Where will the next disaster occur? At the FDA? The Nuclear Regulatory Commission?

Green News Report -- May 6, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The latest on ...

Sex, Lies and Oil Spills

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

A common spin in the right wing coverage of BP's oil spill is that the gulf blowout is Obama's Katrina. In truth, culpability for this disaster can be laid at the Bush administration's doorstep.

Conservative & Corporate Failure in the Deepwater Disaster

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The only things more astounding than conservatives' record of failure, are their denials of "personal responsibility" for the ensuing disasters, and t...

Lucia Graves

BP Halts Watchdog Lawsuit On Legal Technicality | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A lawsuit filed by watchdog group Food & Water Watch against the U.S. Minerals Management Service alleging that BP's Atlantis oil rig is unsafe has be...

Protecting Our Government From Corporate Influence

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

We should allow our top national law officer, the Attorney General of the United States, to step in and clean house whenever an agency or element of government is no longer credibly independent of the industry it is intended to regulate.

Ex-Oilman Trace Adkins on Obama: 'He's Hamstrung'

Lauren Ashburn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lauren Ashburn

As a former oil rig roughneck, country star Trace Adkins is unhappy with BP's "company man" mentality and the media's portrayal of his former profession, and insists the president, despite his rhetoric, is powerless.

With Obama's Mixed Messages and Republicans' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Mindset, Where's Our "Crying Indian"?

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian F. Keane

We can and should expect more from President Obama. If he's serious about reversing climate change, he needs to do more than offer platitudes. He needs to take real leadership.

How Will the Oil Spill, Politically? Who Is in Charge?

Bill Donius | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Donius

Can those favoring small government now legitimately claim we need bigger government in order to fix this problem? You can't have it both ways unless you expect the American public to have amnesia. We're not fooled this easily.

BP Is Still Pointing Fingers -- Time for Us to Act

Sophie B. Hawkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sophie B. Hawkins

It was just before Earth Day 2010 when the when the BP disaster, a veritable "Chernobyl of the Ocean" and possibly the worst oil spill in human history, erupted.

Will Gusher Trauma Lead Us to National Energy Goals?

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

We need to adopt a pioneering spirit that sees our vast landscapes at home as something to be mapped with new purpose. And that means committing to large scale renewable power.

What Will We Learn From Deepwater Horizon?

Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ed Gurowitz, Ph.D.

The evidence is mounting that the BP Deepwater Horizon spill may have been the result of negligence and corner-cutting both by BP and government agencies.

GOP Spews Hypocrisies as BP Rig Gushes Gallons Into Gulf

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The GOP will be hitting Fox News again this week with an ironic demand that the government, which they say in all other circumstances cannot do anythi...

The Consensus on Big Banks Shifts, But Not at Treasury

Simon Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Simon Johnson

Top Obama administration officials refuse to change their opinions in the slightest; they have dug in behind the idea that they represent the moderate center on banking policy. This is a weak position.

Gulf Oil Spill: Ken Salazar Faces Calls For His Resignation

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Is Ken Salazar the next head to roll, as a result of the gulf oil disaster? Last week, Elizabeth Birnbaum quit under pressure as head of the Interior ...

Only Transparency Can Permanently Fix the Mess at the MMS

Karin Lissakers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karin Lissakers

The way to clean up the mess in the Interior Department and in our waters is to shine enough light to make dealings between industry and government transparent to all of us.

Dan Froomkin

Obama's Oil Spill Press Conference May Have Changed Perceptions -- But The Reality Remains The Same | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama hammered home his main talking point over and over again on Thursday, during his first press conference in 10 months. "The federa...

Green News Report -- May 27, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: So far, so goo...

Obama to BP: "Disperse!"

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

High on that list of new actions to deal with the oil-spill crisis, according to well-placed sources, is a plan to drop hundreds of thousands of gallons of chemical dispersant on senior BP executives.