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Walrus cows and yearlings on the ice pack

Somebody Stop Me Before I Spill Again!

8/15/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

Last week we wrote about the danger posed by Shell’s plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska. Well, now comes the “told you so” moment. From the Associated Press: The British government warned Monday that several hundred …

The Canandian Coast Guard ship Amundsen on an ice floe in the Beaufort Sea (photo: flickr/indigo-)

Shell Moves Us One Step Closer to an Arctic Tragedy

8/10/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

The Arctic Ocean is one of the globe’s last wildernesses: often dark, always frigid, and prone to violent storms and drifting ice sheets that make navigation next to impossible.  But despite all of these problems the Obama Administration just gave …

Exxon Mobile CEO Jed Clampett and Family

Big Oil Finally Catches a Break, Can Now Afford to Send Kids to College

6/10/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

Big Oil made big news on Wednesday when Exxon Mobil announced a major find in one of its Gulf of Mexico oil fields.  Predictably, the industry and their friends in government are using the announcement to push for more drilling. …

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar helps volunteers clean up oil damage to beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore (photo: Tami A. Heilmann-DOI)

Senator Takes Ball, Goes Home

5/25/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

President Obama’s top oil regulator won’t get a raise until he puts more drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, at least if Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has his way. Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, was scheduled for a …

Coming soon to a coastline near you? (photo: flickr/hunting.glee)

Gulf spill side effect: Amnesia

5/5/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

The politics around offshore drilling have taken a turn for the crazy.  Last month, while the rest of the country was marking the one-year memorial of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, members of the House of Representatives apparently decided that the …

The Upside-Down, Post-Deepwater Horizon World

4/22/2011 // By Pat Lavin

Historically, environmental disasters have tended to prompt introspection, learning and some level of commitment to do a better job in the future. When an oil blowout blackened the waters near Santa Barbara in 1969, the nation galvanized in its support …

Thousands of ships were deployed to help in the containment efforts.

Do we need to hold a bake sale to fund drilling rig inspections?

4/20/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

A year after the Gulf oil spill, Congress has not passed a single bill to make offshore drilling safer. But they have managed to screw up the one slam-dunk item in the recent budget deal, setting aside only $47 million …

Climate Capsule: Clean Air Act, EPA escape sneak attacks

4/12/2011 // By Amanda Stone

This week’s stories: Highlight of the Week: Clean Air Act in the Clear…For Now Quote: Jeremy Symons, NWF Senior VP of Conservation & Education Economic Story of the Week: Wyden calls for FTC investigation of Pipeline Editorial of the Week: …

Offshore rig (photo: Shane Lampman)

Maddow Tears Apart Drilling Plan Safety Claims

3/28/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

Under heavy fire from Republicans and oil state Democrats, the Obama Administration has sped up offshore oil production, granting six new deepwater permits in a little over a month.  Many folks who follow this issue have been dismayed at the …

Are Red Crabs the Latest Victims of the Gulf Oil Disaster?

12/14/2010 // By Bob Serata

Life under 3,000 feet of sea water is tough enough. More than 1,300 pounds per square inch of pressure squeeze you. Water temperatures of 41°-45° F keep you freshly chilled. Hunting for food means scratching and scraping through the sand …

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