Massive Spill Forces Fossil Fuels Rethinking

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/16-8

The Gulf and Our Oily Campaign-Finance System
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/16-3

A 'Nightmare Well' Now Everyone's Nightmare
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/16-6

Day 59
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/16-10

The Lesson of BP: Too Much Greed? Too Little Guts?
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/16-3

Obama's Conservative Call to War Against Oil
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/16-1

BP: "Corporate Criminal" Beneath the Surface
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/06/16-7

"You Should Be in Prison!": Protester Interrupts BP Hearing
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/17-5

In Deep Water
http://www.commondreams.org/video/2010/06/17-0

Five Questions for BP's Tony Hayward
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/17

Live Video Feed of Endless Gush of Oil: A Damning Fountain of Truth
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/17-2

CODEPINK: Distraught Shrimper Disrupts BP CEO Tony Hayward Testimony Demanding Hayward’s Arrest and Permanent Moratorium on Offshore Drilling

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/06/17-1

Friends of the Earth: Campaign Launched to Force 'BP Ten' and Others in Congress to Give Up Dirty Oil Cash

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/06/17-11

Project On Government Oversight: MMS Reforms Must Dig Deeper
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/06/17-9

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Oil spill flowing at up to 2.52 million gallons a day, scientists say

Scientists provided a new estimate for the amount of oil gushing from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday that indicates it could be leaking up to 2.52 million gallons of crude a day.

http://tinyurl.com/23vcpoj



Oil spill raises concerns about air quality along coastal Louisiana

Video

There are effects from the oil spill that you can see, like oil washing ashore, and those that you can't, like when oil compounds breakdown and go airborne.

http://www.wwltv.com/home/Oil-Spill-Raises-Concerns-About-Air-Quality-Along-Coastal-Louisiana-94202149.html


From Information Clearing House

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Oh, the humanity

The New Republic
by Bradford Plumer

06/16/10

Take your pick on what’s most infuriating about the oil crisis in the Gulf. There’s the growing evidence that the platform blowout that caused all that crude to erupt out of the ocean floor was entirely preventable and should never have happened in the first place. BP cut corners on safety to save money, and regulators barely seemed to care. And now no one has any real clue how to contain the spill — we just have to watch helplessly as the ever-expanding oil slick poisons fisheries and kills off marshlands and coral reefs. What’s especially unnerving, though, is that the recklessness that helped bring about the spill, and the political reaction that followed, seem to indicate a larger inability to prevent and cope with other large-scale ecological catastrophes — particularly climate change...

http://www.tnr.com/article/environment-energy/75591/oh-the-humanity



And the gods laughed

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

06/16/10

Obama and the ruling class now can barely stir themselves even to offer a convincing appearance of genuine concern for the huddled, oil-slicked masses. And honestly, why should they? Whatcha gonna do, baby? Most Americans sleepwalk through their days. To the extent they’re awake, more and more they struggle merely for survival. That doesn’t leave time for other activities. One notable exception to this somnolence can and will be made operational from time to time: many Americans will enthusiastically support another campaign of destruction against largely defenseless, usually much poorer (and usually darker-skinned) ‘Others,’ especially when they’re five or eight thousand miles away (unless they’re threatening the inviolable sanctity of our ‘borders’ here at home)...

http://powerofnarrative.blogspot.com/2010/06/and-gods-laughed.html



More dirty details from my BP mole

Mother Jones
by Mac McClelland

06/16/10

The men on Elmer’s Island don’t wear respirators since BP and OSHA have thrown precaution to the wind and deemed them unnecessary. But the only type of air-monitoring equipment Elmer’s ever seen on the island are little multigas meters that are not up to the job: They’re designed for indoor use, clog easily, and only measure limited types of pollutants. And despite the known dangers of dispersants and the toxic chemicals in crude (I can attest that contact with the stuff washing up on the beach can burn), workers aren’t even wearing protective Tyvek suits anymore. Of course, there are medics on hand to treat anyone who gets hurt or sick. Unfortunately, any worker who asks for a medic’s help is automatically drug tested, which, for some, can be a powerful incentive to not report injuries. (Not that keeping a cleanup job necessarily equals getting paid: Elmer says the contractors continue to lose workers’ paychecks, a problem he told me about the last time we talked and that has since been confirmed by the local papers.)...

http://tinyurl.com/28ymdeo



A hole in the world

The Nation
by Naomi Klein

06/24/10

Everyone gathered for the town hall meeting had been repeatedly instructed to show civility to the gentlemen from BP and the federal government. These fine folks had made time in their busy schedules to come to a school gymnasium on a Tuesday night in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, one of many coastal communities where brown poison was slithering through the marshes, part of what has come to be described as the largest environmental disaster in US history. ‘Speak to others the way you would want to be spoken to,’ the chair of the meeting pleaded one last time before opening the floor for questions. And for a while the crowd, mostly made up of fishing families, showed remarkable restraint...

http://www.thenation.com/article/36608/hole-world


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Freedom destroyed
http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/864.html

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BP Aware Of Cracks In Oil Well Two Months Before Explosion

Former BP Chairman and current BP CEO both dumped stocks in weeks before disaster

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Thursday, June 17, 2010

BP was aware of cracks appearing in the Macondo well as far back as February, right around the time Goldman Sachs and BP Chairman Tony Hayward were busy dumping their stocks in the company on the eve of the explosion that led to the oil spill, according to information uncovered by congressional investigators.

http://www.prisonplanet.com/bp-aware-of-cracks-in-oil-well-two-months-before-explosion.html

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Goldman Admits It Had Bigger Role in AIG Deals

Greg Gordon, McClatchy Newspapers: "Reversing its oft-repeated position that it was acting only on behalf of its clients in its exotic dealings with the American International Group, Goldman Sachs now says that it also used its own money to make secret wagers against the U.S. housing market."

http://www.truth-out.org/goldman-admits-it-had-bigger-role-aig-deals60913



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