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Weekly Mulch: Oil rig sinks, as does Senate climate bill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Two disasters flared up this week, one environmental, the other political. Off the coast of Louisiana, oil f...

Marcus Baram

Big Oil Fought Off New Safety Rules Before Rig Explosion | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Scroll down to see the proposed safety regulations and BP's objection As families mourn the 11 workers thrown overboard in the worst oil rig disaster...

Bill Nelson: Keeping Florida (and Planet Earth) Safe From Big Oil

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has a reputation as a staunch advocate for all Floridians and a moderate voice in the increasingly partisan world of national politics. Now, he's a leading responder to the Gulf spill.

Pandora's Box

Pete Wentz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Pete Wentz

While thinking about this man-made catastrophe, I wasn't sure who was to blame. BP seems like the easiest and most culpable target, but it's important to realize no one wins "the blame game" -- we need to solve the problem first.

What's Past Is Prologue

Rep. Darrell Issa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Darrell Issa

No president, political party or private enterprise should dictate the level of our commitment to oversight. The human cost of allowing such interference is too great.

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.

We All Have Oil on Our Hands

Yehuda Berg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Yehuda Berg

This isn't the fault of BP or Transocean. It's not the fault of the government or bi-partisan politics. It is not the fault of oil executives and big corporations. It is my fault. It is your fault. It is our fault.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's Historic Speech on Corporate Influence in Government (VIDEO)

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

Whitehouse proposes the attorney general step in and clean house of all regulatory agencies to insure the integrity of the personnel to make sure they are not taken over by corporate interests.

Frank Rich On Oil Spill: Obama Must Come Clean And Clean House

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In this 9/11, it's not just the future of the gulf coast, energy policy or his presidency that's in jeopardy. What's also being tarred daily by the gu...

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.

Lucia Graves

Rep. Grijalva Compares BP's Atlantis Rig To Deepwater Horizon: 'Same Pathological Pattern' | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

As the errors leading up to the oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf come to light, parallels between the Deepwater Horizon and another offshore rig, BP'...

Is the Drilling Moratorium Really Long Enough? No, Not Really

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Shortly after the BP's Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well blew out, President Obama imposed a six month moratorium on deepwater drilling, pending concl...

Arianna On 'Morning Joe': Frustration With Federal Oil Spill Response Goes Beyond Political Left, Right

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on "Morning Joe" Monday to weigh in on the White House's response to the BP oil spill. She explained that frustration extends bey...

No Horizon: A Cinematic Tale of Corruption, Greed and America

Richard Arthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Richard Arthur

2010: An oil rig blows up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven and beginning what will turn out to be the largest oil spill in American history. Thou...

Memo to W: Another Fine Mess You Got Us Into

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

I know you and your fellow Republicans would like to have the American public blame Obama for the oil spill and any disasters that now occur. However, it's more complicated than that.

Democrats Try To Seize Initiative On Oil Spill

AP | H. JOSEF HEBERT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The latest announcement on how much oil is being captured from the gushing BP oil well raised additional doubts Wednesday about the...

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.

Blatantly Pernicious and Bloated on Profits, BP Must Pay

Sara R. Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sara R. Nichols

One day's supply of oil and -- poof -- there goes much of what this country eats. Exactly how much risk is too much? Where is the line between risk and ecocide? It looks like BP breached it.

The Atlantis: BP's OTHER Dangerous Rig In The Gulf

Mother Jones | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Many news accounts on the moratorium extension implied that all deepwater Gulf operations had been shut down. But that's not the case. The administrat...

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 ...

Obama White House Defends Itself Against James Carville's Oil Spill Criticism

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The White House defended itself against James Carville's scathing criticism of the federal response to the BP oil spill Friday. During an Air Force O...

From "Drill, Baby, Drill!" to "Spill, Baby, Spill!" Now What?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

The damage to our environment, our economy, millions of lives, and our national confidence is done. But there are steps we can take to prevent this from happening again. Here are a few:

Bob Abbey New MMS Head: Land Management Chief To Take Over Criticized Drilling Agency

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The chief of the Interior Department's land management bureau has stepped in to run the much-criticized agency that oversees offsho...

Weekly Mulch: Obama's Responsibility for the BP Oil Spill

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger President Barack Obama is in Louisiana today, and BP is saying it will know in 48 hours if its attempt to "t...

Oiled Beaches Porn

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger