What a Mess Our Oil Addiction Is Causing

Jim Hightower, Truthout: "Luckily, as our country tries to cope with another oozing oil disaster, we have political leaders with the insight, expertise and cool heads to analyze the problem precisely and guide us to rational long-term solutions. For example, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas."

http://www.truthout.org/jim-hightower-what-a-holy-mess-our-oil-addiction-is-causing59417



The Dementia of Petroleum Addiction?

Craig Collins Ph.D.: "Petroleum executives assure us that their giant tankers and offshore oil rigs pose no danger to the environment; coal company CEOs insist that their mines are safe and that blasting off mountaintops is ecologically benign; natural gas companies claim that 'fracking' deep underground geological formations will not contaminate fresh water aquifers; and nuclear power promoters tell us not to worry about core meltdowns or the disposal of millions of tons of highly radioactive waste."

http://www.truthout.org/the-dementia-petroleum-addiction59373



Louisiana Lawmakers: BP Can't Handle Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Anymore

Bill Sasser, The Christian Science Monitor: "Calls are mounting for the state of Louisiana and the federal government to wrest control of the Gulf oil spill cleanup from BP. Two lawmakers say BP seems 'overwhelmed.'"

http://www.truthout.org/louisiana-lawmakers-bp-cant-handle-gulf-oil-spill-cleanup-anymore59416

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As We Die for BP, Our Military Rots in the Wrong Gulf
http://act.commondreams.org/go/590?akid=55.124981.uhB-eo&t=14

Moving Our Nation Beyond Petroleum
http://act.commondreams.org/go/593?akid=55.124981.uhB-eo&t=20

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Lessons from the Gulf

Freedom's Phoenix
by Stephen Lendman

05/13/10

BP is a serial scofflaw, earning billions while assessed pocket change in fines, penalties and settlements for a company its size. Despite its history of repeated violations, it’s allowed to conduct business as usual because effective crackdowns aren’t imposed in an environment of regulatory laxity. And, of course, it’s as true across the board in deference to all predatory giants in all sectors, preying on the public and environment for profit with complicit government help...

http://tinyurl.com/24exmt9



Oil spill: Who is liable?

The Free Liberal
by Fred E. Foldvary

05/13/10

The ‘polluter pays’ principle is ethical, efficient, and sustainable. When there is an oil spill such as the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the involved oil companies are morally responsible to compensate society for the damage. But such is not legally required today. In 1990 the U.S. federal government enacted the Oil Pollution Act that set a $75 million liability cap for financial damage and a $500 million cap for environmental damage. The current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, reportedly caused by a methane gas explosion, will impose damages of over $10 billion...

http://www.freeliberal.com/archives/004039.html



Halliburton: Oil spill fall guy?

Mother Jones
by Kate Sheppard

05/12/10

During Tuesday’s Senate hearings on the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP, the operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig, came in for plenty of tough questions. But the focus is increasingly shifting to the role of Halliburton, which poured the cement for the rig, as well as for another operation that spilled oil off the coast of Australia last August...

http://tinyurl.com/2c2mhdc


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Tell BP to Clean Up Its Act
http://action.healthygulf.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=3652

Monster oil spill
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_offshore_drilling_2/?cl=577557111&v=6235

Say No to Another Gulf of Mexico-like Spill
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/608/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2971



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