You really want government drilling for oil?

Foundation for Economic Education
by Sheldon Richman


You’ve got to hand it to the people who really dislike free markets. They see them everywhere (under every bed?) and especially wherever any serious problem arises. That no free market exists within a thousand miles makes no difference whatsoever. Take the oil spill in the Gulf. Market opponents are having a field day. They say this finally demonstrates the need for government to run things. Private firms can’t be trusted...

Hold polluters accountable

Boston Globe
by staff


It was justice delayed and mostly denied. In 1984, a toxic gas leak in Bhopal, India, killed 15,000 people and sickened thousands more. This month, eight former executives of Union Carbide’s Indian subsidiary were convicted on negligence charges. But only seven of them are still alive, and their sentences — two years in prison each, and fines of $2,100 — were far lighter than victims’ families and activists had hoped. The light sentence, which only came after a quarter-century of courtroom struggles, serves as a reminder that many of the world’s justice systems are still not adept at properly addressing huge, preventable disasters. So it’s reassuring that, in a recent trip to the Gulf Coast, Attorney General Eric Holder stressed that the US government is looking at all possible avenues, both civil and criminal, to hold BP responsible for the ongoing oil spill disaster...


On ALLiance
by Keith


The BP Deepwater Horizon oil gusher demonstrates the necessity of building civil society within American communities. In fact if anything it demonstrates how community agency, the capacity to act for collective purposes, has been eroded due to a persistent effort to erode civil society and create dependency upon state and corporate actors. This is done through a number of mechanisms: (1) subsuming mutual aid and not-for-profit actors into government welfare; (2) slowly chipping away at the capacity of welfare and social service agencies through diminished funding, increased bureaucracy, and enhanced regulation that undermines the core mission of the agency and; (3) finally by transferring such services over to corporate actors who seek to maximize profit by distributing material (not social) goods that fail to offer a semblance of empowerment nor promises to build individual capacity for transformative change...

The ethanol trap

by Robert Bryce


The most disgusting aspect of the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t the video images of oil-soaked birds or the incessant blather from pundits about what BP or the Obama administration should be doing to stem the flow of oil. Instead, it’s the ugly spectacle of the corn-ethanol scammers doing all they can to capitalize on the disaster so that they can justify an expansion of the longest-running robbery of taxpayers in U.S. history. … The blowout of BP’s Macondo well has given the corn-ethanol industry yet another opportunity to push its fuel adulterant on the American consumer. And unfortunately, the Obama administration appears ready and willing to foist yet more of the corrosive, environmentally destructive, low-heat-energy fuel on motorists...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


BP block news media

High concentration of carcinogens in air


Fierce Urgency

James Howard Kunstler, Truthout: "The exquisite morbidity of the BP oil spill has concentrated the collective national mind like few other events in this ongoing long emergency. How many times a day does it occur to you - perhaps while sitting in traffic, or oogling some girl in a nearby cubicle, or cruising the freezer stacks in the supermarket - that one mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico that crude is just blasting away into the deep blue sea? Anyway, it troubles my hours. But what if it hadn't happened? What if the nation's attention was not fixed on the 'fierce urgency' of this disaster and we were left with all the tiresome familiar problems of politics and economy?"

Enough of This C...

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "Reports have been coming out of the Gulf for days about British Petroleum blocking access to beaches and animal-cleaning stations, in some instances using private Blackwater-style mercenaries to do so. Journalists as well as citizens have been thwarted in their attempts to see for themselves the extent of the damage being done by the runaway Deepwater Horizon disaster."

This Note's For You

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: "If you are tired of watching in paralyzed fury as the underwater oil spigot from the Deepwater Horizon vomits doom into the sea, if you have the time and ability to do more, then my friends, this note's for you."

Gulf War Syndrome

Eugene Robinson: "It's great that President Obama and his advisers finally seem to understand the atmospherics of responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Now if they'd only get the policy right."


US oil spill: Mapping the oil slick

Experts from several US federal agencies are tracking the spread of the slick and predicting its path using remote sensing equipment, reconnaissance flights and satellite imagery. Data and maps from their research are available online.

From Information Clearing House


BP finds Obama's demand for lost wages 'chilling'


The Only Way to Truly Stop Oil Spills



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