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Obama Holds Forth About Risky Oil Spill Business

President Barack Obama wants Americans to know he’s officially on BP’s case about this oil spill business, but also that “we have to acknowledge that there are inherent risks to drilling four miles beneath the surface of the Earth.” Indeed there are.

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Could Be Worse

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Cone of Silence

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Who Runs America’s Response to the Oil Blowout?

The conduct of Barack Obama in the BP affair, and all that preceded it, has become to this writer all but incomprehensible. I cannot imagine a more compelling portrayal of impotence.

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Rick Rowley / Big Noise Films

In Memory of All That Is Lost

The anger is palpable across the Mississippi Delta. As the Deepwater Horizon oil geyser, almost a mile underwater, continues unabated, the brunt of this, the largest environmental catastrophe in United States history, is rolling onto the coast, impacting the ecology, the economy and entire ways of life.

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A Close-Up Look at Top-Kill Failure

Want to see what it looked like when the famous “top kill” method didn’t work as planned in recent days? Here’s a visual aid that might make its way into Obama’s nightmares sooner or later ... (continued)

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Illustration from White House photo by Pete Souza

Five Reasons Obama Should Take Over BP

Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich writes, “If the government can take over giant global insurer AIG and the auto giant General Motors and replace their CEOs, in order to keep them financially solvent, it should be able to put BP’s north American operations into temporary receivership in order to stop one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history.”

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Palin’s Payday, Flotilla Folly and Priest-Love, All in One

Why shooting peace activists to death is a big deal—even in foreign policy circles, what priests’ mistresses think of celibacy, and how much public money Sarah Palin got paid to attempt public speech.

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Adm. Cool in a Very Hot Seat

Adm. Thad Allen is an expert on thankless jobs. After the initial response to Hurricane Katrina had been botched, President Bush assigned him to clean up the mess. Now President Obama has put him in charge of handling the worst oil spill in the nation’s history.

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AP / Elizabeth Dalziel

This Country Needs a Few Good Communists

Hope in this age of bankrupt capitalism will come with the return of the language of class conflict. It does not mean we have to agree with Karl Marx, but we have to speak in his vocabulary.

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Experts Propose Plugging Oil Leak With BP Executives

“We’ve tried containment domes, rubber tires and even golf balls,” said William Cathermeyer of the National Oil Leakage Institute, a leading consultancy in the field of oil leaks. “Now it’s time to shove some BP executives down there and hope for the best.”

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Flickr / thaths

Millions at Risk in Africa Drought

With malnutrition already well past dangerous levels, some 10 million Africans will face extreme hunger over the next few months as the threat of famine floats across West Africa amid a drought that killed off last year’s crops and has left the region’s agricultural economy in ruins.

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White House / Pete Souza

Defending Our Natural Resources From Presidents and Profits

Barack Obama is, in many admirable ways, our most progressive president in decades. But as an environmentalist, let’s face it, he’s no Richard Nixon.

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Gulf Spill Worst in U.S. History

By the most conservative estimate, BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster has already spilled nearly twice as much oil as the Exxon Valdez. The impact of the 1989 environmental and commercial catastrophe is still being felt in Alaska more than 20 years later. The gulf spill could already be five times as big as Valdez. Watch live footage of the effort to stop the undersea gusher after the jump.

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In the Bag

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The Muddle Oozing From the Gulf

So who is in charge of stopping the oil spill, BP or the federal government? The answer to this question seems as murky as the water around the exploded oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

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BP Goes In for the Top Kill

The news that British Petroleum began its latest attempt to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill Wednesday afternoon with the “top kill” stopgap strategy would be more heartening if it didn’t come so late in the game—and if there was more of a guarantee that it would do the job.

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U.S. Coast Guard / CPO John Kepsimelis

EPA Weighs Sanctions Against BP

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields.

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I Came, I Saw

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British Petroleum—Here to Help You

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‘Fault Lines’: Climate Debt

Check out the latest “Fault Lines” episode, in which Avi Lewis travels Bolivia to talk about climate change, climate debt and the current environmental movements in the global south that challenge our perceptions about climate and development.

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Tesla’s Electric Stimulus Treatment

A joint partnership between Toyota and electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors, announced Friday, will provide $50 million to the latter firm while giving Toyota access to Tesla’s battery technology, a move that will help boost electric car production in the face of Toyota’s recent recall setbacks.

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Laying Bare the Myth of ‘The Left’

If progressive groups were anything but shills for the Democrats, they would be protesting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and demanding the firing of his interior secretary.

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Oil Rules

The more we learn about the BP oil well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the more we ought to question the basic assumptions that led us here.

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Law & Order: Corporate Crime Unit

In the disasters at the Massey coal mine in West Virginia and on the BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, people were killed. So why aren’t the executives of these companies behind bars?

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U.S. Navy / MC2 Justin Stumberg

BP and the ‘Little Eichmanns’

These deformed individuals carrying out the global genocide against human life and the natural world lack the capacity for empathy. They possess the peculiar ability to organize vast, destructive bureaucracies and yet remain blind to the ramifications.

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Flickr / Dodo-Bird (CC-BY)

Forget Polar Bears, We’re Killing Our Food

Scientists once thought all that carbon dioxide that humans have been pumping into the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution kicked off might be good for plants (even if it hotboxes the planet in the process), but recent studies show we have a lot to worry about. (continued)

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AP / Carolyn Kaster

Congressional Panel Looks Into Safety Mechanism Glitch in Oil Spill

The scale of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico might have been better contained had a safety device designed to help in situations like the one that caused the enormous mess performed properly, according to findings presented to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.

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AP / Gerald Herbert

Verify, Baby, Verify!

“Drill, baby, drill!” Those were the words that Sarah Palin used to electrify the 2008 Republican National Convention. But while she popularized that environment-be-damned slogan, it had already defined the eight years of oil-drilling policy that prevailed during the presidency of George W. Bush. 

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Will We Keep Hating the Government?

Ever heard the one about the guy who hated government until a deregulated Wall Street crashed, an oil spill devastated the Gulf of Mexico, a coal mine collapsed, and some good police work stopped a terrorist attack?

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BP: Billionaire Polluter

Less than a week after British Petroleum unleashed what could be the worst industrial environmental disaster in U.S. history, the company announced more than $6 billion in profits.

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AP / Troy Maben

The War Against the Horse

It is a sad fact of American life that horse killing is not an anomaly. In fact, such episodes have been playing out across our land for decades.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Is Sending BP the Bill

It’s difficult to predict how many billions of dollars the cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico is going to end up costing, but President Obama, touring the devastation over the weekend, says he knows who should pay ... (continued)

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Wind Farmers Head Out to Sea

You’ve heard of offshore oil drilling, how about offshore wind farming? The first offshore wind project has been approved to be built five miles off the Massachusetts coast over the objections of Cape Cod residents and vacationers who worry it might disturb their view. The $1 billion project could power 400,000 houses.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010 READ MORE



The New Secessionists

The difference between the tea party and the secessionist movement bubbling up in some two dozen states is that the tea party believes America can be fixed.

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Earth Day Edition

The trouble with “tweet seats,” Andrew Sullivan explains to the president why gays are hollering at him, and why a gutless YouTube is stifling free expression—and comedy.

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Cochabamba, the Water Wars and Climate Change

Instead of taking U.S. aid money for climate change, Bolivia is taking a leadership role in helping organize civil society and governments, globally, to alter the course of the next major U.N. climate summit.

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Iceland Ash Edition

Is that an Icelandic volcano erupting or just the sound of Sarah Palin hosting a nature show on the Discovery Channel? Dig into today’s list and judge for yourself.

Posted on Apr 19, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Margaret Bourke-White

Tea Party Financiers Owe Their Fortune to Josef Stalin

The members of the Koch family, America’s biggest financial backers of the tea party, would not be the billionaires they are today were it not for the godless empire of the USSR.

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Massey Disaster Not Just Tragic, but Criminal

Massey Energy runs the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W.Va., where 29 miners were killed last week. The loss of life is tragic, but the UBB explosion is more than tragic; it is criminal.

Posted on Apr 13, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Ansgar Walk

Urgency After Copenhagen

The developing world seems to get it: In the first climate change conference since Copenhagen, leaders from the Global South have said the need for a new worldwide climate change agreement is “greater than ever.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2010 READ MORE


Ralph Nader
AP / Carolyn Kaster

How the Corporations Broke Ralph Nader and America, Too

Ralph Nader’s descent from being one of the most respected and powerful men in the country to being a pariah illustrates the totality of the corporate coup.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / IFCAR

Chevy Volt Goes for a Spin

A few years ago GM’s electric car seemed like the vehicle we’d all be driving in the brave new world of hybrids, a Prius killer that could save the troubled company if GM could just hang on long enough. GM is only now starting to let civilians drive the thing and some of them are wondering whether the Volt hasn’t lost its spark. (continued)

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Clean Coal, ‘Dirty Business’

A new documentary investigates the “true social and environmental costs of coal power” and debunks the myth of clean coal. America and China both use much of the world’s energy and have much of its coal. This fight is only going to heat up. Check out extensive clips after the jump.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE



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An Island’s Disappearing Act

A 30-year territorial dispute between India and Bangladesh was resolved this week when a tiny uninhabited island, known as New Moore Island to the Indians and South Talpatti Island to the Bangladeshis, up and disappeared (Ta-da!) due to rising seas.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Studio d'Xavier

Capsize and Trade

Cap and trade was all the rage back in 2009, with the market-driven system of curbing emissions seen as a dominant force in addressing global warming problems. Now the concept has seemingly fallen out of favor.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE


The Looming Water Disaster That Could Destroy California

There’s a disaster waiting to happen in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and a handful of wealthy farmers seem to like it that way.

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