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Greg Palast: BP Poisoned the Gulf to Make Money

Truthdig contributor and New York Times best-selling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast appeared on RT’s “Breaking the Set” on Wednesday to discuss the “gross negligence” committed by BP and described in a federal judge’s Findings of Fact on the circumstances that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and turned the Gulf of Mexico into a tub of toxic soup.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



BP and the Three Stooges Defense

Although U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier found BP liable for “gross negligence” last week, some U.S. media failed to mention that he let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NATO, BP Accountability, Politics of Joan Rivers

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss NATO’s coalition amid a cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels; the irony that the U.S. spies “on everybody, but we didn’t know about ISIS”; a judge’s ruling on BP’s negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and the career of comedian Joan Rivers.

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The Last Gasp of Climate Change Liberals

The upcoming climate change march in New York is the last gasp of conventional liberalism. The time for reform and accommodation has ended. We will build a radical movement or be extinguished in a climate inferno. 

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Here Come the (Commercial) Drones, America

The Federal Aviation Administration has given BP energy corporation permission to use drones in Alaska, marking the first time the government agency has allowed commercial drones to fly over American land.

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Mindy Kaling Takes Jabs at Harvard Law Students About Their Future: ‘You’ll Defend BP From Birds’

Mindy Kaling, a comedian who describes herself as someone who is “obsessed” with justice, gave a commencement speech at Harvard Law School on Wednesday that most were probably not expecting.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE


Ousted Drilling Chief Warns U.S. at Risk of Another Oil Spill

Four years after the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig, the EPA has lifted a ban that excluded the company from new federal contracts. S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was director of the Minerals Management Service at the time and was forced out soon afterward, tells “Democracy Now!” another catastrophe is a real possibility.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Lap Dancers, the CIA, Payoffs and BP’s Deepwater Horizon

Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



Death Came by Water, Then by Oil

It was Good Friday, 50 years ago on March 27, 1964, when an earthquake-spurred tsunami wiped out the Chugach village in Chenega, Alaska. Twenty-five years later, as villagers celebrated the rebuilding of their home, a wave of oil from the Exxon Valdez began to move their way.

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25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit on the crackup of the Exxon Valdez. Now, on the 25th anniversary of that disaster, and four years after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the Obama administration has authorized BP to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico—and it’s all set to happen again.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Gravitational Pull of Planet Carbon

The pull is reflected in three recent developments in the energy news: a declaration of surrender by BP, a major setback in the European Union, and a strategic end-run by Canadian tar sands companies.

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Universities Urged to Cut Fossil Fuel Ties

Campaign groups accuse British universities of being too deeply entwined financially with the fossil fuel industry and urge them to divest within the next five years.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Bubble May Burst for Fossil Fuel Giants

Petroleum corporations are warned they may face a damaging backlash if they try to resist mounting pressure and high profile campaigning for climate change legislation.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Halliburton Admits Destroying Deepwater Horizon Evidence

The American contractor that worked for BP on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig announced Thursday that it would plead guilty to destroying evidence relating to the 2010 explosion that sparked the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Terracide and the Terrarists: Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group, and one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment. But we don’t have one for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live on. “Terracide,” from the Latin word for earth, has the right ring, given its similarity to the commonplace danger word of our era: terrorist.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


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Latest Sanction Against BP Goes Beyond Gulf Spill

When the Obama administration temporarily banned BP from federal contracts Wednesday, it pointed to BP’s “lack of business integrity” and conduct relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. The sanction, however, has been years in the making.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Frack Fight

In small hamlets in upstate New York, a loose network of activists is waging a guerrilla campaign not with improvised explosive devices or rocket-propelled grenades, but with zoning ordinances and petitions.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE


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The Public Cost of BP’s ‘Pathetic’ Fine

BP’s record settlement of $4.5 billion for damages caused by the explosion and spill of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010 is the largest criminal fine in U.S. history, but at a fifth of the company’s 2011 profits, to be paid over a span of five years, it amounts to a “pathetic” slap on the wrist, says Public Citizen’s Tyler Slocum.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Why BP Isn’t a Criminal

The Justice Department just entered into the largest criminal settlement in U.S. history with BP. The oil giant pleaded guilty to 14 criminal counts, including manslaughter, and agreed to pay $4 billion over the next five years. This is loony.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE



‘Pro-Life’ Lawmaker Supported Ex-Wife’s Abortions, New Karl Rove Election Theories, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest conspiracy theory involving President Obama and a BP oil settlement.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Tried to Downplay Toll on Wildlife in Gulf

Photographs of a dead sperm whale and a cache of emails obtained by Greenpeace show how officials in the Obama administration attempted to suppress knowledge of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil blowout’s impact on wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?

Big Oil has replaced U.S. troops in Iraq, and the country’s oil output, crippled for decades, is growing again, with Iraq recently reclaiming the number two position in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Now there’s talk of a new world petroleum glut. So is this finally mission accomplished?

This piece originally appeared at TomDispatch.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE



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It’s Industry Over Environment in New ‘Bioeconomy Blueprint’

Critics say a new White House-sponsored program aimed at encouraging the development of “green solutions” to energy and manufacturing problems is a green light for corporate giants like Exxon Mobil, BP, Chevron, Monsanto and Dow to develop the “bioscience” industry without government oversight.

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 READ MORE



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A Tough-Oil World

The world still harbors large reserves of petroleum, but they are of the hard-to-reach, hard-to-refine, “tough oil” variety that will be more costly to extract, refine and buy at the pump.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Judge Puts Deepwater Horizon Trial on Hold

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who will ultimately put a price tag on the worst oil spill in American history if the many lawsuits against BP go to trial, has given the oil giant and its many, many plaintiffs another week to reach a settlement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Great Carbon Bubble

If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose bursting someday will make the housing bubble of 2007 look like a lark.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE


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BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

Halliburton just seems to pop up wherever trouble can be found, such as the Bush White House (through Dick Cheney’s chummy history with the company) and also in the ecopocalypse that was the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


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BP Plans a Comeback in Gulf of Mexico

One might think that after the ecological apocalypse that British Petroleum visited upon the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding environs with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010, BP might harbor a healthy sense of shame about returning to that scarred region. Yeah, no.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Gulf Oil Workers Evacuate Rigs Ahead of Storm

Oil-rig operators in the Gulf of Mexico announced Thursday that they would evacuate workers, and a flash-flood watch was issued for New Orleans ahead of a slow-moving storm system that could develop into a cyclone or even a hurricane. (more)

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE



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What We Have Here Is a Failure to Compensate

At a time of record unemployment, American companies are increasingly exploiting the low-cost labor of 2.3 million Americans behind bars. This means fewer jobs available for free citizens, which leads to more unemployment, which produces more crime ... (more)

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 READ MORE



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BP Points to Thriving Tourism to Reduce Settlement Payments

Just over one year out from the BP oil spill that wreaked havoc up and down the Gulf Coast, the tourism industry there is so far having one of its best summers in years. BP is latching on to the good news, using it to argue in a court filing recently ... (more)

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



The Disastrous Cost of Oil Addiction

“The 2010 Gulf of Mexico blowout brought more than oil to the surface,” writes Carl Safina in his new book investigating the impact of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout.

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Boehner Pays Lip Service to Cutting Government Oil Subsidies

With gas prices still rising, House Speaker John Boehner has broken from traditional GOP rhetoric to voice his support for ending tax breaks to the oil industry.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE


Power Shift vs. The Powers That Be

More than 10,000 people converged in Washington, D.C., this past week to discuss, organize, mobilize and protest around the issue of climate change.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011 READ MORE



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BP Spill Caught the Coast Guard Unprepared

Looking back over the disastrous BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last year, an internal review by the U.S. Coast Guard has concluded that the seagoing service was poorly prepared for such an event and that the cleanup itself was riddled with planning failures.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE



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What Oil Spill? Transocean Hands Out Bonuses for Best Safety Year Ever

Even Wall Street executives have to be smacking their heads over this one. The company that ran the Deepwater Horizon oil rig (before it exploded, killing 11 and filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil) has decided to give its executives bonuses for achieving “the best year in safety performance in our company’s history.” There are no words ...

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Baby Dolphins Are Washing Up Dead Along the Gulf

Scientists at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies are investigating unusually high numbers of stillborn and aborted dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico region. Seventeen infant dolphins have washed up on shore so far this year, compared to an average of one or two a month, says one scientist. (more)

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Reid & Co. Open Fire on GOP

The 111th Congress produced some real eleventh-hour gains for the Obama administration, and by extension the president’s party, but some Democrats, such as Sen. Harry Reid and outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter, aren’t ready to get over some of the biggest partisan clashes of the last two years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Game-Changer List

This year was a game-changer, and what we need is a game-changer list. On that kind of list, I would drop one-off sensations, beginning with the oil spill, the Haitian earthquake and the mine rescue. No. 1 would be WikiLeaks.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE



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U.S. Sues BP, Transocean for Damages ‘Without Limitation’

Attorney General Eric Holder says the government is going after nine companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon spill “for government removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE


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BP Sheds Latin Oil Producer

British Petroleum is still sloughing off assets to help cover its $40 billion fiasco in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil giant just sold a majority stake in Pan American Energy for $7 billion, putting its running total of recent asset sales at $21 billion.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Oil Spill Investigators Spot Corporate ‘Culture of Complacency’

A government commission looking into last spring’s eco-pocalypse in the Gulf of Mexico has detected a certain “culture of complacency” afoot at the trio of big companies implicated in the spill. Sounds about right.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE



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R.I.P. Gulf Coral Reefs

A team of scientists “on a research cruise” (what?) have discovered severe damage to coral reefs near the location of the Deepwater Horizon’s blown-out wellhead. Coral, which is a barometer of the health of an ocean’s ecosystem, was found to be “sloughing off tissues and producing mucus.” Gross.

Posted on Nov 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Halliburton Blamed for Shoddy Construction in Gulf Oil Disaster

Three of four tests showed that the cement mixture used by Halliburton in the construction of BP’s ill-fated oil well in the Gulf was unstable, but the mixture was used anyway, a presidential commission investigating the disaster has found. The only successful test, which BP did not know about, has since come under suspicion.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



BP and Other Polluters Pay for Senate Campaigns

The Guardian is reporting that some of Europe’s biggest polluters, including everyone’s favorite oil company, have given $240,200 in campaign donations to U.S. senators who, coincidentally, helped defeat climate change legislation.

Posted on Oct 26, 2010 READ MORE


How Robots Clean Up an Oil Spill

Those nerds at MIT have come up with something really amazing (not the first time). It’s a swarm of autonomous robots that talk to each other as they make their way around a spill, gobbling up the oil. Why didn’t we think of that?

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


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BP’s Hayward Says Oil Spill Was Personally ‘Devastating’

His tenure as BP’s chief executive is almost up, and outgoing CEO Tony Hayward has changed his tune about the effect that last spring’s cataclysmic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had on him personally, making public statements on Wednesday that sounded ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE


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