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350 or bust: The Crisis In Our Bodies Is The Crisis In Our World

Poet, writer, and activist Eve Ensler’s passionate TED talk entitled “Suddenly, my body”. Breathtaking. *

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

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Part 3 in a series, see Part 1 and Part 2.

Perhaps more than any other sitting U.S. President, Barack Obama has been Commander in Chief through some of the most obvious examples of what climate change will do to America. The last few weeks alone have given us severe droughts in some areas of the country while others have seen unprecedented flooding; The state of Colorado is battling some of the worst wildfires in their history; and massive heat waves are engulfing large swaths of America. And let’s not forget the massive snowstorms in the winter

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DeSmogBlog: Is BP’s Attempted Climategate Strategy To Attack Scientists Ethical?

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In late 2009, climate change deniers thought they had found the Holy Grail in terms of climate denial – a collection of more than 3,000 hacked emails that they took out of context to “prove” that scientists were lying about human-driven climate change. This so-called scandal became known as “Climategate.” And even though the full context of the emails revealed that the scientists involved undoubtedly agreed that climate change was real and that the science proved so, climate deniers today still use those false, cherry-picked emails to sell their conspiracy theory to the American public. Reputations

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DeSmogBlog: Is The EPA Covering Up Oil Dispersant Dangers?

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Less than two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) told BP that they had to stop using the highly dangerous and potentially toxic oil dispersant Corexit on the oil that was spewing from a blown out wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. BP refused, and the EPA took no action.

But this week, the EPA has told us all that there is absolutely nothing to worry about, and that Corexit is essentially “non-toxic.”

Those of us living along the Gulf Coast would all love to breathe a huge sigh

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DeSmogBlog: Greenpeace Uncovers Shocking Photos Of Gulf Of Mexico Oil Disaster

More than two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and BP's well spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Greenpeace has finally been granted access to pictures that show the real impact of the oil on marine life. The pictures were obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) and show a very different side of the Gulf than what the media, BP, and the federal government have portrayed.

These images are among those obtained by Greenpeace:

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DeSmogBlog: Justice Department Files First Criminal Charges In BP Oil Disaster Probe

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The U.S. Department of Justice has filed its first criminal charges into their investigation into the cover up of BP’s oil geyser in the Gulf of Mexico. The charges have been filed against Kurt Mix, a former engineer for BP, for allegedly destroying evidence related to the oil flow estimates from BP following the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.

The investigation has been ongoing since August 2011, when the Justice Department announced that they would be looking into the series of abnormalities related to BP’s estimates of exactly how much oil was flowing

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DeSmogBlog: The State Of The Gulf Two Years After Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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Today marks the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11 rig workers and subsequently caused an oil geyser in the Gulf of Mexico that leaked hundreds of millions of gallons of crude oil into the water. The mainstream press will provide coverage over the next few days, reminding the world that the Gulf Coast is still reeling from the effects of the disaster. But for those of us that call the coast home, we’re reminded of what’s happened everyday.

A lot has happened in the two years since the rig explosion –

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350 or bust: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

It was two years ago today that the sea-floor started gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which was working on a BP oil project. Tragically, the explosion killed 11 men working on the platform and injured 17 others. It started a flow of oil which continued unabated [...]

DeSmogBlog: Deadly Bacteria Found In Gulf Coast Tar Balls

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Since the very first tar balls began rolling onshore along the Gulf of Mexico following 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion and subsequent underwater oil geyser, the oil industry told us to relax because those tar balls were completely harmless. But as we approach the two year anniversary of the disaster, new studies have confirmed that the tar balls we’re seeing along our beaches contain bacteria that are capable of killing human beings.

The new study, conducted by scientists at Auburn University, confirmed the presence of a bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus. According to researchers, this is the

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DeSmogBlog: Waterkeeper Groups Sue Over Gulf Oil Leak Gushing For Seven Years And Counting

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Like many Gulf Coast residents, I was highly skeptical when both the media and the Coast Guard told us that the tar balls we were seeing wash up on our shores in the months following the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster were not from BP’s oil geyser at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. If they weren’t from the massive leak caused by BP, Halliburton, and TransOcean, then where were these tar balls coming from? While we might not know the clear answer to that question, we do have a new suspect.

According to a

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DeSmogBlog: BP Launches PR Blitz To Repair Image

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College football fans aren’t the only ones who’ll be paying close attention to what’s happening in Louisiana this evening – BP is hoping that tonight’s BCS championship game will be the ultimate payoff for their aggressive public relations campaign which is aimed at convincing the American public that the oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster has disappeared, and that they can come back to the Gulf Coast without fear of finding oily beaches.

For the last few weeks, those of us on the Gulf Coast have been inundated with ads from BP, telling us that

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DeSmogBlog: What We Didn’t Learn From The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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Almost 20 months have passed since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. And to this day, the lessons we should have learned from that disaster remain completely ignored.

In spite of an intense battle involving a moratorium on deep water oil drilling after the explosion, the Obama administration was out-maneuvered on the issue by the powerful oil industry, losing court battles as well as facing three separate bills in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to overturn the drilling moratorium. (An interesting side-note about the court battle

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DeSmogBlog: Report Partially Blames Federal Government For Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig Explosion

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Perhaps one of the most honest assessments of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion reveals the numerous failures of both industry and the federal government in the worst marine oil disaster in U.S. history.

The U.S. Department of the Interior sanctioned the report, compiled by more than a dozen experts operating with the temporary group called the Committee for Analysis of Causes of the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, Fire, and Oil Spill to Identify Measures to Prevent Similar Accidents in the Future (The Committee). And while the experts on The Committee identified failures we’ve documented in

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DeSmogBlog: BP Returns to Deepwater Offshore Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

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BP, the oil major responsible for the biggest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, is officially returning to deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Obama Interior Department "awarded" BP $27 million worth of leases for oil-and-gas exploration in the Gulf waters into which the company and its accomplices dumped roughly 5 million barrels of oil in April 2010.

 

The Interior Department conducted its first Gulf lease sale since the BP disaster and announced today the winning bids from 20 different companies totaling $712 million. Adding a strange insult to injury, the lease

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DeSmogBlog: BP Accuses Halliburton Of Destroying Evidence In Gulf Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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Just months before trials are set to begin, BP is accusing Halliburton of destroying evidence related to their shoddy cement work that helped cause last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. According to Reuters, BP has officially filed their allegations with the courts, hoping to get the ball rolling on an investigation prior to trial.

Halliburton was responsible for supplying the cement on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig’s well, which was found to be substandard in investigations. According to Reuters, via Raw Story:

Citing recent depositions and Halliburton’s own documents, BP said Halliburton “intentionally” destroyed the

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DeSmogBlog: LNG Groundhog Day: Cheniere Energy Signs Yet Another Gas Export Deal on Gulf Coast

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Another day, another unconventional gas export deal signed. Nascent North American LNG (liquefied natural gas) export deals are happening so fast and furiously that it is hard to keep track of them all.

The latest: On November 21, Cheniere Energy Partners signed a 20-year LNG export deal with Gas Natural Fenosa, an energy company which operates primarily in Spain but also in such countries as Italy, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Morocco. Cheniere will maintain the Sabine Pass LNG export terminal located off of Sabine Lake between Texas and Louisiana, which feeds into the Gulf of Mexico,

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DeSmogBlog: Brazilian Officials Investigating Chevron Oil Spill Off Coast

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Law enforcement agencies in Brazil announced today that they would begin investigating the cause of an oil spill that occurred off the coast. Chevron's Frade Well off the coast of Brazil has been leaking for more than a week. From the start, Chevron tried to downplay the significance of the spill, suggesting it had natural causes, but Brazilian officials are now saying that Chevron did, in fact, cause an oil spill.

Mike G at The Understory lays out the story:

Brazil’s Federal Police agency has announced that it is investigating the spill, and said in a statement that

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DeSmogBlog: New Federal Report Says Gulf of Mexico Cleanup Needed “Urgently”

oil water.jpg A preliminary report released Wednesday by the federal Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force says that cleanup is needed for the Gulf of Mexico “urgently,” in orde… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: New Federal Report Says Gulf of Mexico Cleanup Needed “Urgently”

DeSmogBlog: BP Oil Dispersant Corexit Contained Cancer-Causing Agents

dispersant-application1.jpg A new report on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster of 2010 is providing adequate cause for concern for residents and clean up workers along the Gulf Coast. The report&nbs… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: BP Oil Dispersant Corexit Contained Cancer-Causing Agents

DeSmogBlog: Deepwater Horizon Still A Massive Headache For BP

bp-logo-dripping-oil.jpg The problems facing BP along the Gulf Coast continue to pile up. After more than a year of investigations, the U.S. Coast Guard has finally released their long-awaited as… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Deepwater Horizon Still A Massive Headache For BP

DeSmogBlog: Polluters Join Forces To Pressure Obama On Oil And Gas Drilling

Drill_Baby_Drill.jpg In the wake of President Obama’s speech on job creation last week, major players in the energy industry have banded together to put pressure on the president to speed u… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Polluters Join Forces To Pressure Obama On Oil And Gas Drilling

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Justice Department Launches Investigation Into BP’s Oil Gusher Cover Up

bp_oil-leak.jpg The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an official investigation to determine whether or not BP lied to the public and to the government about the amount of oil that was leak… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Justice Department Launches Investigation Into BP’s Oil Gusher Cover Up

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Is Deepwater Horizon Rig Owner Trying To Blame Victims For Gulf Oil Disaster?

transocean-explosion-fire-sinking.jpg A new report released by authorities in the Marshall Islands says that the failure of oil rig workers to properly address safety issues led to last year’s ca… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Is Deepwater Horizon Rig Owner Trying To Blame Victims For Gulf Oil Disaster?

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: BP Urges Government To Halt Gulf Oil Disaster Relief Payments For Future Losses

bp-logo-fish_0.jpg Oil giant BP is urging the federal government to stop making payments to Gulf Coast residents affected by last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil geyser. BP claims that the impro… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: BP Urges Government To Halt Gulf Oil Disaster Relief Payments For Future Losses

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Transocean Report Blames BP For Gulf Oil Disaster

transocean-explosion-fire-sinking.jpg Offshore oil drilling giant Transocean released the results of an internal investigation this week on the causes of last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil r… . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog – Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Transocean Report Blames BP For Gulf Oil Disaster