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Critical List: BP spill liability trial delayed; Meryl Streep’s eco-friendly Oscar dress

BP's trial for Deepwater Horizon liability has been pushed back one week as the company considers a $14 billion settlement.

Scientist Peter Gleick is taking a leave of absence from the Pacific Institute after the organization's board of directors expressed concern about the methods he used to obtain internal documents from the Heartland Institute.

Meryl Streep won her gamillionth Oscar last night but also marked a personal fashion best by choosing an eco-friendly dress.

In Hawaii, a new wind project will help keep electricity prices steady as the price of oil rises.

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Critical List: Selenium dumping gives fish two heads; Germany to cut solar subsidies

A mining company in Idaho wants to keep dumping selenium into local creeks, even after its scientific study turned up these two-headed trout and other deformed fish.

A judge found BP liable for civil damages in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, meaning the company could pay billions in penalties.

Germany is cutting solar subsidies … because they have so much solar power already.

Four out of five wolves that were released near the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a reintroduction program are now dead.

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Ex-employee says BP fired him for trying to clean up oil

In November 2011, BP fired an employee named August Walter, who had been working on clean-up of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Now, Wilson says the company fired him because he wouldn't help gloss over its clean-up shortcuts. He’s suing BP in federal court.

BP and the Coast Guard are working on the clean-up together, and there's a plan they're supposed to follow. Walter says BP was not following the plan correctly and also hadn't made enough progress to meet scheduled deadlines.

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Trimming astroturf from the American Petroleum Institute’s Vote 4 Energy ad

It's not surprising that the American Petroleum Institute -- Big Oil's premium lobbying entity -- is using a synthetic media strategy. Their Vote 4 Energy astroturf campaign spews misinformation like a two-stroke engine belching greenhouse gasses. It attempts to portray 'real (cough cough) Americans' who are 'energy voters,' which translates to voting for whichever politicians support Big Oil's dirty agenda. API also bought the back page of the A section of the Washington Post with a Vote4Energy ad that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. That's about as genuine as a gas-station burrito. If you want authentic insights on Big …

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BP spends $20 billion on oil but can’t afford solar

BP gave being green a try, guys, really! They had a solar panel business going, but they had to kick it to the curb, because they just couldn't afford it. Times are tough, you know? Heck, the company only has $20 billion to spend on oil and gas every year. They have to pinch ... well, not pennies, exactly, but $10,000 bills.* Mike Petrucci, chief executive of BP Solar, wrote to his remaining 100 staff last week, saying "the continuing global economic challenges have significantly impacted the solar industry, making it difficult to sustain long-term returns for the company." A …


Bad guys bicker over Gulf oil spill

Apparently today is the day we talk about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill? The White House released its year-in-the-making report about what needs to be done for cleanup ("more better things"), and now it looks like BP is still trying to palm off blame. They're claiming that Halliburton, which produced the cement used to seal the faulty well, hid evidence that their product was defective. BP has apparently gotten sick of paying for cleanup efforts, because they've filed papers in a New Orleans federal court that accuse Halliburton of hiding computer modeling evidence that would have shown their cement …

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New skimmer can capture nearly 90 percent of spilled oil

After the BP oil spill, the X Prize Foundation offered a $1 million prize to anyone who could come up with a better way of cleaning up oil. But the winning team, Team Elastec/American Marine, didn’t merely do better -- they blew other oil skimmers out of the water (ha). Their skimmer sucks up nearly 90 percent of spilled oil. You can check it out in the video above. The details, according to NPR: The industry standard is for oil skimmers to remove 1,100 gallons of oil per minute. The X Challenge set the bar at 2,500 gallons per minute. …


Critical List: Climate change is shrinking animals; Mexico could export water to the U.S.

Climate change is shrinking animals, like sheep and salamanders, and fruits too. Mexico could start exporting water into the United States. One partner in the Macondo well is ponying up $4 billion to settle with BP over last year's oil spill. Clean-up crews in New Zealand are working to extract the oil from that crashed oil tanker before bad weather returns and the boat cracks in half. If you haven't been paying attention to the Keystone XL fight at all, this Washington Post article can catch you up.


Critical List: Invasive species jump the border; Gulf sheen not BP’s fault

While U.S. border monitors were busy looking for terrorists in cargo containers, a slew of invasive species slipped unnoticed into the country. Whatever that sheen in the Gulf is, it's not BP's fault, okay?? If carbon is a risk (and it is!), the market should adjust for that, valuing companies with high "exposure to climate change" less than those that are climate-resilient. But since markets don't seem to ever do what they should in theory, that hasn't happened yet. Electric vehicles are only as climate-positive as the electric grid that fuels them, so in places like China where coal-fired electricity …


Critical List: DOE’s loan guarantee head out; some beluga whales are toxic

Jonathan Silver, DOE's loan guarantee czar, is the first government employee to lose his job over Solyndra. leaving the government because the loan guarantee program doesn't have any money left, anyway. Solyndra's also screwing the rest of the cleantech industry. The BP spill is still affecting Louisiana, where the oyster season could be delayed and shrimp harvests dropped 99 percent. A judge ruled that the EPA was a little too excited about regulating West Virginia coal mines and should have gone through more formal rulemaking on guidelines to dump coal waste into streams. Another part of their work, on water …