Welcome to our coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Want to help out an octogenarian, deadly-jellyfish-eating sea turtle? Ask the Obama administration to restore the Northeast Ecological Corridor’s status as a nature reserve. And once you’ve done that, look into getting some solar panels.
Besides who is sitting with whom and on which side of the aisle, the three biggest themes of tonight’s State of the Union will likely be jobs, jobs and jobs. And while I’m not expecting the level of focus on clean energy and climate as we’ve seen from President Obama in the past, there will likely be some discussion of energy policy, especially as it pertains to jobs and economic growth.
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With approximately two years under Obama’s belt, what has his administration done to help the environment? Here’s a look at 7 big moves.
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Political news in 2010 was dominated by the U.S. midterm elections and the ongoing economic troubles in the U.S. and Europe. But there was no shortage of big stories in environmental politics, including one that most people will remember for the rest of their lives.
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From the BP oil spill to a photo of a bear chasing a bison, 2010 was a banner year at ecopolitology.
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Remember those $360-million sand berms the federal government ordered BP to build in the Gulf of Mexico to protect coastal Louisiana from the damaging ecological impact of oil from the BP oil spill? It turns out they didn’t really do much, at least not in terms of capturing any significant amount of oil.
Stephen Colbert’s June 16 Tweet about the new word for Tweets, thanks to the BP oil spill, has been named the most Retweeted Tweet of 2010
House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming to be terminated or led by a climate skeptic.
Famed UK street artist and subversive social commentator, Banksy, took aim at BP this summer by installing a coin operated ride depicting a dolphin jumping over a spilled BP barrel of oi lat the Brighton Pier on the south coast of England.
When the BP oil disaster was raging this summer, much of the country was engaged in a conversation about how we could prevent something like this from ever happening again. The new drilling regulations announced by the Interior Department last week might make another accident less likely, but they don’t address the fundamental challenge: getting off oil as quickly as possible.
The associate U.S. attorney general wrote a strongly worded letter to claims czar Kenneth Feinberg describing the pace of his payments as “unacceptable” and demanding that he improve his operation.
The explosion on a production platform Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico has intensified an already spirited national debate about offshore oil and gas development.
The Obama administration announced Monday that it is no longer fast-tracking offshore drilling projects in deep water by exempting them from detailed environmental review.
A group called UnF–kTheGulf.com has begun a campaign selling t-shirts to raise money to clean up the Gulf of Mexico — and the campaign is definitely not rated G. [CAUTION: THIS VIDEO USES ADULT LANGUAGE]
BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has led adults in the five largest European countries and the United States to be more concerned than before the spill about many environmental issues and oil dependency, according to a new poll released last week.
Environmental Protection Agency experts expressed concerns to superiors about use of dispersants, says whistleblower group
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Federal hearings are told of alarm systems being switched off, computer crashes and concerns over the blowout preventer
Since calling it the “gushing oil spill and leak caused by the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig owned by Transocean working the Macondo Prospect for BP and Anadarko Petroleum” is kind of a mouthful, what do you think we should call the oil spill?
Welcome to our coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
In a White House press briefing on Tuesday, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that the new offshore oil and gas drilling moratorium issued by the Obama administration earlier this week would hold up against legal challenges.
The Obama Administration Tuesday sent a bill of $99.6 million to BP and other “responsible parties” including Anadarko Petroleum and Transocean for response and recovery operations relating to the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Photographer Jane Fulton Alt writes: Living on the shores of Lake Michigan, I am acutely aware of the disastrous toll the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has taken on all forms of life, especially as our beaches opened to the 2010 swimming season. This environmental, social and economic catastrophe highlights a much larger [...]
While a diver does play a central role in the ad, unfortunately there are no ROVs or other sub-surface technological advancements in the BP ad.
Energy independence is a laudable goal, but it is important to also consider why we need it; what it will look like; and how we will there.
Waves as high as 12 feet in parts of the Gulf of Mexico forced the Coast Guard and BP to suspend virtually all oil spill clean-up and response efforts until it is safer to work in the area.
The official declaration of the G-20 summit of major economies, which concluded Sunday in Toronto, directly mentions the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and calls for greater levels of cooperation and sharing of best practices to prevent similar accidents in the future.
As the tally of animals killed by the BP oil spill climbs, environmentalists are asking Gulf Coast states to bring cruelty to animals charges against BP for criminal negligence.
Speaking directly to Organizing for America supporters, President Obama reiterated his position that as the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico rages on, there is no time like the present to pass climate and energy legislation that will begin to move the U.S. off of fossil fuels and help build a clean [...]
Some Republicans seem to have completely changed their opinion on how much federal government should be involved in private industry matters, but is it just for the purpose of criticizing Obama?
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Could the BP oil spill have been avoided if BP wasn’t in such a hurry to put the well into production? One Deepwater Horizon worker thinks so.
Official estimates of the size of the oil still leaking remains at 5,000 barrels per day, a figure that has become highly contested over the last few weeks
The riser insertion tube that had reportedly been siphoning up to 5,000 barrels per day from the broken riser at the site of the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and bringing it to surface vessels is reportedly producing declining amounts of oil over the last several days. A BP spokesman said on Sunday [...]
Ecopolitology asks Rear Admiral Mary Landry, Federal On-Scene Coordinator for Unified Area Command, Deepwater Horizon Response about the unprecedented use of subsea dispersants and what the ongoing testing and monitoring protocol looks like.
There appears to have been a significant breakthrough in controlling the leak from the broken riser at the BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, with a device called a “riser insertion tube.”
I had the opportunity to ask representatives of the American Petroleum Institute whether it would be difficult for someone to get on an offshore oil rig and sabotage it somehow.
In short, they said it would be difficult. Very difficult.