Gulf oil spill could mark a turning point for Obama

Christian Science Monitor
by John Hughes


When President Bush clambered up on a pile of rubble after 9/11, seized a bullhorn, put his arm around a firefighter, and rallied the nation, it was a crowning moment of his presidency. When he ill-advisedly flew over the Katrina disaster of 2005 and appeared disconnected with the agony of New Orleans, it was, in the view of many historians, the beginning of his presidency’s decline. President Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil disaster could be a similar turning point. Despite his uneasy press conference and statements proclaiming he is in charge, despite visits to the scene to talk with officials rather than distraught commercial fishermen, his demeanor has come across as clinical rather than inspirational. Even such well-wishers as Louisiana Democratic guru James Carville and former presidential adviser David Gergen have wrung their hands over his seeming disconnectedness...

Tapping the well of freedom

Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Iain Murray

When the Deepwater Horizon first started gushing oil, many considered the incident an example of private enterprise having no regard for the environment. However, it is becoming clear that government was involved from the start, is in charge now (as President Obama himself tells us), and cannot do much about the problem. So is there any way to address this?

How’s all that progressive regulatory stuff workin’ out
for ya?

Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson


Total damages from a spill like Deepwater Horizon, if not enough to liquidate all the assets of a company like BP, would probably eat up enough of their ongoing revenue stream for many years to amount to a corporate death sentence. The resulting market pressures to maintain robust liability insurance would be intense, and the economic incentives for insurers to impose effective safety regimes would be overwhelming. But look at the other side of the scale. How’s the much-vaunted regulatory state actually been performing? BP management deliberately skimped on safety measures, neglected maintenance on multiple levels of failsafe mechanisms because they cut into profits, and slept (and snorted crystal meth) with government inspectors...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Devastation As Toxic Filth Spreads

You Can Smell The Oil From A Helicopter And Birds Are Frying!


Video Report

Is Obama BP's Poodle?

By Shamus Cooke

In a sane world, BP's executives would be facing severe criminal charges, and the billions of profits they've earned in the last year would be confiscated to pay for the cleanup.

Has the Oil Spill Created a 'Doomsday Effect' for the Gulf?

By Keith Olbermann

Oil and gas expert Robert Cavnar talks about the possibility of an "underground blowout" occurring beneath the ocean as a result of the oil spill.

Talk of Second Oil Spill in Gulf Grows Louder

Fueled by several reports that the Ocean Saratoga rig, operated by Diamond Offshore, is leaking into the Gulf.

Two More Gulf Spills?

Satillite images and photographs from the region indicate that there may be two other offshore drilling units leaking oil into the ocean.

Another Senate Charade

By Matt Taibbi

This is a classic example of how the Senate works. If the public understood better how rigged this game is, and how few issues are actually left to an honest vote in the legislature, I'm pretty sure the pitchfork factor would be twice even what it is now.

From Information Clearing House


Grotesque errors mar BP's 'spill plan'

BP & US blocking reporters from covering Gulf Disaster


Live Coverage from BP's Oil Volcano

Missing the Real Drama of the Deepwater Horizon Blowout

Hands Across the Sand: Americans to Join Hands in Largest Gathering Against Offshore Oil Drilling in History

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders Amendment Would Repeal Big Oil Tax Breaks

Greenpeace Energy Blueprint Shows How Existing Alternatives to Fossil Fuels Will Revolutionize a Broken Energy Economy


The BP Disaster Marks the End of the Age of Arrogance About the Environment ... Can We Change?

Chip Ward, AlterNet: "We dreamed we were living in a fabulous mansion but are waking up in a greasy gutter. The ecological and economic catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico makes our most infamous oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, look miniscule by comparison. This time we have fouled our nest on an epic scale."

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