Greenpeace claims that some of the forest fires in Russia are burning in areas contaminated in 1986 with radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Should people in that region be alarmed?
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.
A group of oil companies including BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Citgo, and Chevron are using a front group called America's WETLAND Foundation to spread the message that taxpayers should pay for the damage caused by BP.
Now that the BP oil gusher in the Gulf is finally capped, it is time for America to examine and repair the broken system of drilling and fossil fuel dependence that landed us in this mess in the first place.
These are 27,000 potential environmental catastrophes waiting to happen. We need action now -- not only to make sure these wells are safe, but also to move away from fossil fuels, so no more wells need to be drilled.