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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.

Our Fight for American Independence

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

This weekend, we celebrate America's independence. But as BP's oil spill reminds us, a force just as powerful has our country under its thumb: dependence on fossil fuels. Once again, we must fight for independence.

The Worst Week Ever, Thanks To The Fossil-Fuel Industry

Grist | Jonathan Hiskes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It's a week to remember -- or better yet, forget. Who could have imagined such a confluence of terrible, horrible, no-good, very-bad events, rounding...

12 Connections Between Oil Spills and Plastic Pollution

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Both oil spills and plastic pollution kill ocean wildlife in obvious, quick ways and slow, insidious ways.

Alaska: Where is the Next Generation of Oil Watchdogs?

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

In the beginning there was Chuck Hamel.The year was 1984, and the VA businessman was convinced Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. had screwed him out of millions of dollars. That set Hamel off on a quest to make the oil companies pay.

The Cost of Offshore Drilling: Photos You Haven't Seen

Philip Radford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Philip Radford

This is why the President's offshore drilling proposal needs to be taken off the table now. 2010-04-29-greenpeaceoilspill.jpg