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Peeling this onion could make you cry

Oil spill update: Interior Dept. negligence, Obama’s BP cash, & greenwashing

The time has come to start peeling the onion on the big, oily Gulf Coast mess. The Washington Post goes at one juicy layer with a story by Juliet Eilperin revealing that the Interior Department gave BP a pass on doing a detailed environmental impact analysis last year because a massive oil spill seemed unlikely. William Galston at The New Republic weighs in with a reminder of the somewhat cozy relationship in recent years between the department's Minerals Management Service, which oversees offshore drilling, and the oil and gas industry. Political contributions are another layer.  Not surprisingly, BP and its …


Did you have to let it linger?

Under the wrong conditions, oil spills are forever

The massive clean-up efforts for the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Prince William Sound. (Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council) "A senior BP executive conceded Tuesday that the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could conceivably spill as much as 60,000 barrels a day of oil, more than 10 times the estimate of the current flow," reports The New York Times today, about a closed-door briefing for members of Congress. As oil gushes from the Gulf sea bottom, it's interesting to ponder what past spills have done to ecoystems. Under the right -- or, …

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Colbert and Letterman mock BP for wrecking the Gulf

Personally, I think it's a time to be sober and try to comfort our beleaguered oil companies. But here are two other approaches. Stephen Colbert's oil cleanup plan goes awry:   And Letterman provides the Top Ten BP Excuses (listed out below the video): TOP TEN BP EXCUSES 10. The Gulf of Mexico was overdue for its 3,000-mile oil change. 9. We promise we'll get around to it by Labor Day. 8. Relax, it's only leaking 210,000 gallons a day. 7. Giving everyone a free BP travel mug. 6. Louisiana hasn't had a disaster in 5 years. 5. Guy from …


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Pundits speak: Oil spill makes climate bill less likely

Satellite image: GeoEyeThe political fallout from the BP oil leak is proving just as difficult to measure as the ecological and economic damage. But three political bloggers who've been paying attention to the fight for clean-energy legislation say the odds of a bill passing the Senate are lower than ever. Bradford Plumer asks "Could The Oil Spill Make An Energy Bill Less Likely?" and essentially answers with a "yes." In the old order of things, offshore drilling was the giveaway to Senate Republicans that would get enough of them to support a comprehensive climate/energy bill. Plumer explains: True, new drilling …


Now's the time

Any drilling moratorium must be accompanied by a commitment to conserve

New America Foundation's Lisa Margonelli makes a crucial point about the Gulf disaster in an elegant New York Times op-ed: Moratoriums have a moral problem, though. All oil comes from someone's backyard, and when we don't reduce the amount of oil we consume, and refuse to drill at home, we end up getting people to drill for us in Kazakhstan, Angola and Nigeria -- places without America's strong environmental safeguards or the resources to enforce them. For me, this analysis underlines the point Jonathan Hiskes made in a recent post: The Gulf calamity presents President Obama not just with an …


No happy ending here

‘End of Oil’ author warns enviros not to exploit Gulf oil spill

Paul RobertsPaul Roberts, author of the influential 2004 book The End of Oil, cautions that we can't expect the end of oil spills any time soon.  Environmentalists are using the ongoing Gulf of Mexico disaster to argue for a permanent stop to offshore drilling, but reality check: the U.S. is decades away from shedding its reliance on oil, says Roberts, even if we do everything right. Here's his perspective on the current spill and our deep dependence on crude.  ----- What do we know with any certainty about the cause of this spill? At this point, we still don't know …

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beyond awful, video

Jon Stewart slams BP, oil-defending politicians, more usual suspects

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Corn industry brazenly turns Gulf disaster into marketing opportunity

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (the dull gray color southeast of the Mississippi Delta) seen by satellite on May 1 Photo: NASAAs if being bombarded with oil from below and chemical dispersants from above weren't enough, the Gulf of Mexico also has to endure marketing rhetoric from a long-time tormentor: the corn industry. Industrial corn production is indisputably linked to the massive hypoxic "dead zone" that emerges in the Gulf every year. According to a 2008 peer-reviewed paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "Nitrogen leaching from fertilized corn fields to the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River system is a …

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Chewing the Scenery, video

Choosing sustainable sushi more important than ever, post-spill

In "Chewing the Scenery," we round up interesting food-related videos from around the Web. ------------- There are lots of reasons to choose your sushi carefully: most salmon, shrimp, tuna, and eel come hooked to ecological disaster. Now, with the Gulf oil spill threatening the entire marine ecosystem that provides the bulk of U.S. shrimp and fish and hitting the Atlantic bluefin tuna particularly hard, as Barry Estabrook points out on Mark Bittman's new blog, right-minded sushi lovers' choices are narrowing further. In this video for CNN, Casson Trenor, author of Sustainable Sushi and consultant to San Francisco's Tataki Sushi restaurant, …

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progress report

Away from the oil spill, signs of local progress

The Gulf oil spill story is too big to ignore right now. It's a massive, toxic indictment of our dependency on fuels that fill our atmosphere with heat-trapping pollutants even when everything goes right. But there are other stories too big to ignore, including the story of people finding creative ways to escape the death grip of fossil fuels on their cities and towns. That story has spread even further than the BP oil slick. Here's some news from the front: Tokyo Last month the largest city in the world introduced the first-ever cap-and-trade system for a metro area, a …

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