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By Brad Friedman on 6/10/2010 10:57am PT  

Okay, so it's not exclusive. We lied. Just like BP. But it's very very funny...


[Hat-tip @JoshTPM]

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Happy World Oceans Day! (Sigh.)
By Desi Doyen on 6/8/2010 1:03pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another very bad week for the fossil fuel industry: explosion, spills, & toxic dumps! Girding up for the long haul in the Gulf ... PLUS: Will Democrats finally use the BP Oil Disaster to pass clean energy legislation? And will the GOP keep lying about it? ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Murkowski's (R-AK) resolution is a step backward for American clean energy; EPA tightens Sulfur Dioxide limits; Scientists projects "Arctic death spiral"; Guilty verdicts in Bhopal tragedy that killed 15,000; Judge blocks Alaska's wolf-kill plan; Mystery crop damage threatens hundreds of acres; Renewables revolution to provide 95 per cent of global electricity by 2050...PLUS: Ten Things You Should Never Buy Again ...

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It's time for the corporate 'Death Penalty'...
By Brad Friedman on 6/6/2010 2:45pm PT  

Not satisfied with merely destroying the Gulf of Mexico, on Friday, BP reported the emission of more than 500,000 pounds of pollutants and non-pollutants in April and May at their refinery in Texas City, TX. The emissions included hundreds of thousands of pounds of deadly benzene, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide.

Via Think Progress:

While BP touts the mild success of its most recent attempt to contain the massive gusher spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, they would probably rather people don’t notice the other spill they recently caused, this one of deadly benzene from a refinery in Texas City, TX. The refinery released more than 400 pounds a day of the chemical over a 40-day period from early April to mid May of this year, BP quietly informed the state environmental regulator yesterday. Over that period, the refinery released 500,000 pounds of benzene and other toxic chemicals into the air, the Galveston Daily News reports [emphasis in original]:

Refinery spokesman Michael Marr said in its follow up reporting with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, BP estimated 36,000 pounds of nitrogen oxides and 17,000 pounds of benzene were released in the 40 days. State law requires 10 pounds or more of benzene and 200 pounds or more of nitrogen oxide during a 24-hour period must be reported through the commission’s air emissions database.

The bulk of the emissions during that time included an estimated 189,000 pounds of carbon monoxide and 61,000 pounds of propane, according to the company’s report to the TCEQ.

For the record, this is the same BP refinery where an explosion in 2005 killed 15 workers and injured more than 170 others. The company was forced to pay a meager $71 million in federal fines for that incident. It's as if the company has friends in high places, or something...

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By Brad Friedman on 6/3/2010 7:17pm PT  

More here if you can stand them...

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By Desi Doyen on 6/3/2010 1:16pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Latest on the BP Oil Disaster: Progress on 'Cut-'N-Cap'? President Obama rallies for a clean energy economy, Oil reaches the beaches of Mississippi and Alabama... PLUS: Dumb things Sarah Palin now says about offshore drilling ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Record-breaking heat wave kills hundreds in India, Pakistan; USDA forecasts a plague of grasshoppers for 2010; Has Southwestern U.S. reached 'peak water'?; Greenland's rapid uplift is evidence of rapid ice loss; EPA finally forcing Texas to clean up its air ...PLUS: UK nukes: "What we are effectively paying for here is decades of cheap nuclear electricity for which we have suddenly got a massive postdated bill"...

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By Desi Doyen on 6/1/2010 1:29pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: OILpocalypse Now: After 'top kill' fails, BP begins next new plan in the Gulf, as Obama calls for accountability ......And what about just bombing it?... PLUS: Crackdown on coal mines, sinkholes in Guatemala, and sneaky corporate anti-clean energy propositions in California ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Processed food manufacturers use deceptive tactics to fight salt control; Gray wolves rebound in West, to residents' unease; The hidden health costs of transportation; Trafigura trial begins in Ivory Coast toxic waste dumping case; Virus ravages major food source in Africa; How utilities plan to continue evading toxic air pollution controls ...PLUS: Special Report: The world water supply looks unmanageable. But it needn’t be ...

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By Brad Friedman on 5/29/2010 9:05pm PT  


Gulf of Mexico, Late Jurassic - 2010

"Drill, Baby, Drill"

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By Desi Doyen on 5/27/2010 1:23pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: So far, so good: the 'Top Kill' said to be working; Federal heads are rolling; the President is speaking (finally), and extending the moratorium on off-shore drilling... PLUS: It's official: the BP Oil Disaster is now the Worst in U.S. History ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Clean Air Act settlement will close Ohio power plant; Climate Scientists Claim 'McCarthy-Like Threats'; Another oil spill in Alaska; Last rites in salmon country?; Nissan's electric car sells out in U.S., and it isn't even available yet; An insider's view of climate change; Corporate $$$ & lies behind 'Citizens' initiatives In Calif. ...PLUS: Economists on 'discounting' the future cost of climate change ...

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By Brad Friedman on 5/26/2010 4:53pm PT  

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The BP Oil Disaster should be all that's needed to demonstrate the need for clean energy legislation NOW!...
By Brad Friedman on 5/25/2010 6:35pm PT  

I just wanted to pull out and highlight here my closing comments in regard to the BP Oil Disaster, from the end of today's Green News Report, because no matter how often I keep repeating a similar refrain, nobody --- particularly the Democrats in Washington --- seems to be hearing it...

You know, what I have been struck by over the last couple of days, is the lack of possibilities for being able to clean up. It simply cannot be cleaned up. And while that's true for an oil disaster like this, it's equally true for nukes! Yet, even Obama's Nobel-winning Energy Secretary Steven Chu has been calling for additional nukes, as have others. And the fact is nukes also cannot be cleaned up if things go wrong.

Don't sell me on anything that you don't know how to fix if something goes wrong.

Why we continue moving forward with such technology that cannot be corrected in the case of a disaster is beyond me.

Why Democrats, including Barack Obama, have not used this opportunity to demand passage of serious climate change and energy legislation --- including a Manhattan Project for clean, renewable energy for all --- remains an absolute outrage.

UPDATE 5/27/10 A bit of, perhaps, encouraging news. At today's White House presser, Obama noted that the BP underscores the need to pass clean energy legislation. Details in today's Green News Report...

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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: New Rules for truck mileage; King Coal on the Congressional hot seat.... PLUS: Beyond Patience: Tough talk from the feds amid new accusations of corruption, as the gusher keeps on gushing, and now NUKES(?!) --- nobody in government seems to be getting the message... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): China, India Lead the Developing World in Green Building; Study projects Senate climate bill would add less than a quarter to gas prices; Google launches green-product institute; Alfalfa sprouts linked to latest salmonella outbreak; New oil spill off Singapore; How worried should we be about everyday chemicals? ...PLUS: Oil companies fund initiative to repeal California’s landmark climate law...

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By Desi Doyen on 5/20/2010 1:58pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil ashore that's going ashore! Latest developments in the BP oil disaster in the Gulf: Heavy oil hits Louisiana marshlands; EPA halts use of toxic dispersants; The oil enters powerful Gulf Loop Current.... PLUS: Testy, testy, testy: CEOs and feds testify under fire on Capitol Hill ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Big Oil Trade Group Seeks To Punish Tulane For Environmental Law Clinic; Arctic drilling proposal advanced amid concern; A new source of dioxins: Anti-bacterial soap; U.S. scientists urge a price on climate emissions; Wash. Times falsely suggests past warm periods disprove human-caused global warming; Desalinization: dream water supply or drain on taxpayers?; Clean Air Act Settlement Will Close Ohio Power Plant; U.S. Reliance on Oil Sands Grows Despite Environmental Risks...PLUS: And now for something completely different: Concept Car inhales C02, emits oxygen ...

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By Desi Doyen on 5/18/2010 1:20pm PT  


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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Oil, Oil, Tarballs and Trouble: the latest on the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf; NASA: Last year the hottest on record; Pesticides tied to ADHD; More coal mine explosions as the fossil fuel death toll continues to mount; PLUS: Another call for accountability, real accountability... All that and more in today's Green News Report!

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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA': Hot dogs, bacon put your heart at risk; When will Eyjafjallajökull eruption stop?; Deadly floods hit eastern Europe; Numerous safety violations at BP refineries, too; MSHA pushes to keep Upper Big Branch investigation closed to public; Oceans’ fish could disappear in 40 years: UN ... PLUS: This Makes Up for 'Waterworld': Kevin Costner Shows Machine that Extracts 97% of Oil From Water ...

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By Brad Friedman on 5/17/2010 1:35pm PT  

But I thought the globe was cooling now?! It's as if the fossil fuel companies and GOP have been disinforming us or something. Who knew? Krugman explains, denialists are sure to ignore...

[Hat-tip Greg Mitchell via Twitter]

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Carnage continues to mount as Obama's lethal 'look forward, not backward' strategy continues to fail...
By Brad Friedman on 5/14/2010 4:02pm PT  

An argument could be made that the greatest beneficiary of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf has been Massey Energy's CEO Don Blankenship. Until the Gulf Gusher took over the front pages, the serious heat, in both media and Congress, had been on Blankenship and the coal mine explosion which took the lives of 29 miners at Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. Remember that?

Well, the investigation has very quietly --- and largely behind closed doors, to the chagrin of family members of the victims --- proceeded into that fossil fuel-related disaster, even as Blankenship must be thanking the Oily Gods for taking him momentarily out of the spotlight. So let's put him back in it, shall we?

Given that the mafia-like strongman tactics seen in remarkable video tape revealing Blankenship roughing up an ABC News reporter in 2008 --- which we've only just now seen (it's posted in full below) --- could as well be a scene straight out of Goodfellas or The Sopranos, the news today from the Charleston Gazette seems par for the course.

Ken Ward Jr. is reporting at the paper's "Coal Tattoo" blog today that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has reportedly told victim's family members that a page is mysteriously missing from the "fireboss book" at Massey's Upper Big Branch Mine...

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