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Offshore Oil Drilling

Louisiana Oil Spill Brings New Questions About Regulation, Self-Policing After Accident

AP | CALVIN WOODWARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Suddenly, everything changed. For days, as an oil spill spread in the Gulf of Mexico, BP assured the government the plume was mana...

Make Oil Obsolete by Turning It into Salt

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

Nations were built on access to salt and wars waged for it. Sound familiar? We still buy and enjoy salt, even for industrial purposes, but we don't build foreign policy around it. And that's where we need to get with oil.

Activists Organize Peaceful Gatherings to Oppose Offshore Drilling

Stefanie Sekich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Stefanie Sekich

On Saturday June 26th, people from around the world will join hands for 15 minutes at local beaches to say no to offshore oil drilling and yes to clean energy.

Lucia Graves

Judge Who Lifted Moratorium Tied To Offshore Drilling Companies | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The federal judge who lifted Obama's six-month drilling moratorium had interests in Transocean and a number of other offshore energy companies, accord...

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...

What We Know Now About the Big California Races

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

Nearly two weeks into the general election, here are seven key things we know now about the races for California governor and senator. Both races are fully engaged and trends are emerging.

A Bend in the Road is Not a Dead End Unless...

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Federal unemployment benefits that once cut off at 26 weeks have now been extended up to 99 weeks in some states. This will give the long-term unemployed a longer lifeline to pull them through these rough economic times.

Re-Imagining the Economy of the Gulf States

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Alexia Parks

Not all of the Gulf of Mexico is destined to become a dead zone. Life will move forward. However, what is different here is that this catastrophic environmental disaster marks a watershed in human history.

John Culberson: Gulf Oil Spill Is A 'Statistical Anomaly,' Texas Congressman Says

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) took his opposition to the Obama Administration's decision to enact a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling in the...

New Plan For Santa Barbara Offshore Oil Drilling Announced

AP | NOAKI SCHWARTZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Conservation groups on Wednesday unveiled a new version of an unusual agreement in which they will lobby for an oil comp...

Jeffrey Toobin on Obama's 'Drill Baby, Drill' Strategy

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Instead of Obama simply embracing a "drill baby drill" stance, Jeffrey Toobin suggests, "there may be some larger game at work."

Ryan Grim

Father Of BP Victim, Gordon Jones, Lashes Out At BP CEO Tony Hayward | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

When BP CEO Tony Hayward lamented that he wanted his "life back," Keith Jones took notice. A petition started by Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.), callin...

Mike Mullen: Oil Industry Has Better Technology For BP Oil Spill Response

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS (AP)-- Responding to suggestions that the military should take the lead in responding to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the chairman...

Meg Whitman's Whoppers

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

As someone with no experience in public affairs prior to being talked into running for governor by her business mentor, Mitt Romney, Meg Whitman is totally dependent on a coterie of lobbyists and consultants.

Phillippe Cousteau To Bill Maher: Even Before Oil Spill, The Oceans Couldn't Take Any More (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BP's oil spill is humanity's latest strike against against the World's oceans, according to Phillippe Cousteau Jr., an explorer and host for Animal Pl...

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...

12 Offshore Rigs, Oil And Gas, Launched In U.S. This Week Despite Gulf Oil Spill

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HOUSTON — The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,518. Houston-based Baker Hug...

"There's a Hole in the Bottom of the Sea..."

Benjamin R. Barber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Benjamin R. Barber

We've literally poked a hole in our earth's skin, punctured its innards, and are now helplessly watching as its vital fluids gush into the planet's ocean mantle, threatening to despoil the very water that is the source and substance of all life.

Our Survival Depends Upon Reconciliation With, Not Exploitation of, the Natural World

Rep. Dennis Kucinich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Dennis Kucinich

We cannot afford to passively witness the destruction of our natural environment, because written in the oily sands of the Gulf is the degrading of all life on the planet.

Gulf Oil Spill: Louisiana Wetlands Blanketed With BP Crude (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

(AP) -- AT PASS A LOUTRE, La. - A chocolate-brown blanket of oil about as thick as latex paint has invaded reedy freshwater wetlands at Louisiana's so...

Dick Cheney 'Needs To Testify' About BP Oil Spill, Says Chris Matthews (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Former Vice President and one-time Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney should be called to testify about the gulf oil spill, according to Chris Matthews. Mat...

Aban Pearl, Offshore Oil Drilling Platform SINKS Off Coast Of Venezuela: No Spill, Says Government

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A natural-gas platform sank off Venezuela on Thursday after workers escaped in lifeboats and the last few leaped into the C...

Deciding Today on Energy for Tomorrow

Gary P. Luquette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary P. Luquette

When it comes to respectfully developing America's abundant oil and natural gas resources there's nothing tough about this decision. We should be developing America's Outer Continental Shelf.

Mr. PXP Goes to Santa Barbara

Don Ringe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Don Ringe

First published 1/27/10 in PXP goes viral: After AP picked up* our story last week on the once-secret offshore oil drill...

Understanding Oil

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

With the cost of gas still near record highs and crude oil prices rising and falling like a ride at Six Flags, drilling for oil has been capturing imaginations and grabbing headlines.