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On Louisiana Coast, Damage From Oil Goes Much Deeper Than Spill | Chris Kirkham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Last summer's Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico -- the largest offshore oil spill in recorded history -- made the Gulf Coast states the...

Fossil Energy Knows It's a Full Contact Game -- Does Cleantech?

Mike Casey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Casey

Attacks by dirty energy are serious, coordinated, and are beginning to get traction in public opinion research. While clean energy has the facts on its side, it needs to capture peoples' imaginations, not just their intellects.

Obama And Oil Drilling: How Politics Spilled Into Policy | Michael Leahy and Juliet Eilperin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In early April, fresh from announcing his decision to allow drilling in previously protected waters, an upbeat President Obama traveled to a battery f...

At National Oil Spill Commission Meeting, We Share Our Preliminary Findings

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Over the course of the past six months, the commission has detected a deeply embedded problem that transcends the actions of specific companies: We found systemic regulatory failure to protect the American public's interest.

Booming U.S. Gas Industry Becoming an American Energy Exporter

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

We're seeing a tectonic shift in America's dependence on imported energy begin to take hold. In the last weeks a number of major events have taken place that are beginning to shift the balance of energy in significant ways.

BP: Busy Promoting a Culture of Recklessness

Rep. Luis Gutierrez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Rep. Luis Gutierrez

We simply cannot continue approving permits that are rife with false claims such as support from experts who have long since passed away or environmental impact reports on animals that don't even reside in the region.

Cornell Students Look At Jobs In Oil Industry After BP Catastrophe

The Cornell Daily Sun | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Though the oil industry may be one of the most vilified, especially in the months after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, some Cornellians are still lo...

Peak Oil Finally Piquing Analysts?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with to a new report: We need to put a carbon price on oil to keep the price of oil down.You know how the c...

WATCH: Gulf Residents' StoryCorps Project Burst BP's PR Bubble

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

2010-10-20-NRDC.jpg"If this whole environment gets demolished, what good is a boat?"

Six Months After the Spill, What We Still Need to Do to Prevent Another Disaster

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

We can't keep doing nearly everything the same and expect different results. We know what it takes to protect coastal communities and marine life from devastating oil spills. We need to start now, and this is how we begin.

When I Learned That Water Isn't Supposed to Have a Taste

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Turning on your faucet shouldn't be a high-risk venture. Parents shouldn't have to worry whether or not the water in their homes is safe for their children to drink.

Green Energy Boys Not So Different Than the Good Ole Oil Boys

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Vivian Norris

The Green Boys actually pretend to be about equality and sustainability and democracy, but they are just as obsessed as the oil and Wall Street guys with accumulating more money and power.

The Force That Fights Deep-Pocketed Polluters and Wins

Robert Redford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Redford

The oil and gas industry poured $174 million into the political system in 2009. When one dirty industry can purchase that much influence, who will step into the ring for average Americans?

Expendable Arnold: What's Ahead for Schwarzenegger?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
William Bradley

It seems clear that movies are in Schwarzenegger's future. But there's plenty of politics to come before he's done being governor next January, and plenty after as well.

America in the Caboose While the World Barrels Ahead on High Speed Rail

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Do we really need to focus on 150,000 miles of roads? They must be popping champagne bottles in the corner offices of the oil industry and at OPEC headquarters. What is it that our government doesn't get?

Beyond Washington: The Oil Industry Buys Influence

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

I worked on Capitol Hill for a long time, and I do not consider myself naive about the inner workings of Washington. But even I was surprised by two r...

Oil Industry Political Contributions To House Energy And Commerce Committee Panel

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A look at how much members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee received in political contributions from oil and gas interest...

The New York Times Slays the "Peak Oil" Dinosaur

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

According to an eye-opening article in this Sunday's New York Times, Cretaceous period events may have yielded munificent reservoirs of oil. If so, the theory of Peak Oil has serious flaws.

BP Stations Split Over Changing Name

AP | HARRY R. WEBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW ORLEANS — BP gas station owners across the country are divided over whether the oil giant stained by its handling of the Gulf spill should r...

A Triple-Dipping Auto Industry at the Public Buffet

Catherine Lutz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Catherine Lutz

Like an ill-mannered guest hovering over the salsa and tortilla chips, the auto industry has been triple dipping on the American taxpayer while the oil companies have been wolfing down an assortment of treats. Let's show them both the door.

Weekly Mulch: Slick of Oil Industry Cash Gummed up Regulatory Works

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is worse than anyone thought, and the crisis will lik...

Methane Oozing in Alaska, Cows Jumping Over Mars, Dinosaurs in Arabia -- Peak Oil Pranksters Don't Read This!

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Peak Oil Pranksters and their geologist sidekicks have been the purveyors of one of the great con jobs in history: that oil and gas are a biological phenomenon.

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.

Oil Companies Reap Billions From Subsidies

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform set off the worst oil spill at sea in American history, it was flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. R...

Don't Drink the Water: When Lax Regulation Meets Dirty Fuels

Peter Lehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Lehner

As long as we rely on risky fuels like tar sands oil, keeping our communities safe will be an uphill slog. The safest path is to reduce our dependence on these fuels and shift to cleaner alternatives.