BP’s Next Disaster

(Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, Jun 22, 2010)
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The oil giant plans to start drilling in the Arctic this fall — and the Obama administration is doing nothing to stop it . . . Obama’s tough-guy act offers no guarantee that oil giants like BP won’t be permitted to repeat the same mistakes that led to the nightmare in the Gulf. Indeed, top environmentalists warn, the suspension of drilling appears to be little more than a stalling tactic designed to let public anger over BP’s spill subside before giving Big Oil the go-ahead to drill in an area that has long been off-limits: the Arctic Ocean. The administration has approved plans by both BP and Shell Oil to drill a total of 11 exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas above Alaska — waters far more remote and hostile than the Gulf. Shell’s operations could proceed as soon as the president’s suspension expires in January. And thanks to an odd twist in its rig design, BP’s drilling in the Arctic is on track to get the green light as soon as this fall. . . . Ken Salazar, the Interior secretary whose staff allowed BP to drill in the Gulf based on pro-industry rules cooked up during the Bush years, has made no secret of his determination to push the “frontier” of oil drilling into the Arctic. » Continue reading “BP’s Next Disaster”

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Raging Grannies Sing: “BP and Halliburton you suck!”

While people in the States are now avoiding BP fuel stations, I understand that the U.S. military gets about 80% of it’s oil from British Petroleum. I guess they’ll just change their name once again.

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British Petrolium Is Destroying Evidence and Censoring Journalists

(Riki Ott, AlterNet, June 12, 2010)
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British Petrolium — not our president — controls the response. In fact, people on the ground say things are out of control in the gulf. . . . Even worse, as my latest week of adventures illustrate, British Petrolium is using federal agencies to shield itself from public accountability. . . . » Continue reading “British Petrolium Is Destroying Evidence and Censoring Journalists”

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Who the Hell’s in Charge Here?

(Jim Hightower, AlterNet, June 2, 2010)
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As the ruinous gulf oil blowout spreads onto land, over wildlife, across the ocean floor and into people’s lives, it raises a fundamental question for all of us Americans: Who the hell’s in charge here? What we’re witnessing is not merely a human and environmental horror, but also an appalling deterioration in our nation’s governance. Just as we saw in Wall Street’s devastating economic disaster and in Massey Energy’s murderous explosion inside its Upper Big Branch coal mine, the nastiness in the gulf is baring an ugly truth that We the People must finally face: We are living under de facto corporate rule that has rendered our government impotent. . . .  » Continue reading “Who the Hell’s in Charge Here?”

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