Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill

Business & Technology

Deepwater Horizon firm gives execs safety bonuses, with no apparent sense of irony

Transocean, the offshore drilling firm that ran the Deepwater Horizon rig, has given its top execs massive bonuses for having “the best year in safety performance in our company's history.” Seriously. Here’s what the annual report says: “Yeah, some people …


BP execs may face manslaughter charges

Here’s a novel concept: Cause people to die, get charged with manslaughter. It doesn’t usually work that way with corporations, which apparently get all the benefits of being legally considered “people” with none of the consequences. But federal officials are …

Oil company ‘fesses up, feigns surprise about spill

Well, now we know the source of the renewed oil assault on Louisiana's shores. Oil company Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partners has admitted that it had a "minor leak" while plugging a disused oil well. In some kind of Chanukah miracle, the …

Louisiana’s new oil plague sounds tasty, is terrifying

Remember tar balls? Those were just an appetizer. The scary new oil formations washing up on Louisiana’s beaches sound like you’d get them at Whole Foods — “emulsified oil,” “oil mousse.” Um, yum? This comes right on the heels of …

Energy Policy

If President Obama calls it safe, watch out

Pondering whether “safe” means what he thought it meant.Photo: The White HousePresident Barack Obama is a good fellow at work in a difficult era, to say the least. So this post is not intended to be a slam on the …

so long and no thanks for all the oil

As if the Gulf Coast hasn’t had enough to deal with, now there are dead baby dolphins

Swim, little guy! Swim away as fast as you can!Photo: Mark LeeWell HERE’S some cheerful news for your Friday afternoon: Dozens of dead baby dolphins have been washing ashore in the Gulf of Mexico, along Mississippi and Alabama coastlines. Crap. …

Climate & Energy

BP’s oil: still causing trouble in the Gulf

BP’s vast oil spill may be out of the headlines, but its oil isn’t out of the Gulf. Reports the Associated Press: Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a …

Climate & Energy

Van Jones on the economic injustice of plastic [VIDEO]

Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice in this TED talk.

The Climate Desk

Did we learn anything from the BP oil spill?

The National Oil Spill Commission has given marching orders on how to prevent another disaster. But will Congress listen?