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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Accountability, Big Oil, Small People, Shakedowns, $20 Billion, Hayward in the Congressional hot seat ... PLUS: The Fake President ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Tea Party Star Rand Paul on Mountaintop Mining: Nobody Will Miss a Hill or Two; Corps suspends streamlined mining permits; GSA announces first “Chief Greening Officer”; Video-conferencing can save $19 Billion: Study; The link between global warming and extreme deluges; More oil spilled in Nigeria "every year than has been lost in the Gulf of Mexico"; China mulls crackdown on big energy consumers ...PLUS: Global Heat Is On in 2010, So Far ...
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: "The Nightmare Well"; Extreme storms in the Ozarks, but not a word from the climate denialists; Oil industry in the Congressional hotseat; PLUS: Will Obama finally seize the moment?... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Solar cells: Coming to a window near you?; Walmart tests plastic bag ban; UN creates 'IPCC for nature' to fight back against destruction of natural world; California gets first transmission-connected solar farm; Japan Accused of Bribing Nations to be Pro-Whaling; TVA fined $11.5 million in sludge spill; U.S. Drops Inspector of Food in China ...PLUS: Can Afghanistan escape the "resource curse" from it's "new" mineral wealth that isn't really new? ...
Once again, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show demonstrate the best news writing in the business. Hands down. Period. No contest.
Last night, Maddow opened with a shameful side-by-side comparison of the aggressive action taken by Republicans last year to defund ACORN on the basis of secret video tapes which proved to be complete hoaxes, versus their nearly complete silence in regard to the deadly crimes and disasters of BP.
While ACORN received approximately $3.5 million in federal funding over each of the last 15 years, and Republicans were outraged about it, BP receives literally BILLIONS in federal funds each year for what it does, and it has actually killed people in the bargain.
Maddow's report is both stunning and obvious at the same time --- at least to anyone remotely involved in the world of actual fact and reality, which is to say, almost nobody else in the entirety of the corporate media (and, thus, the public.)
This report is what the news media are supposed to be doing --- connecting the dots that matter for the public. This is a MUST-WATCH and a MUST-SHARE (widely)...
IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Even more of the Gulf mired in oil, while climate & clean energy legislation still mired in the Senate; Fossil fuel industry claims even more lives; Funny: How BP deals with spills ... PLUS: If you spill it, Kevin Costner will come ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Senate debates stripping EPA of authority to regulate greenhouse gases; Ohio nuclear power plant reveals 2nd bout of nearly catastrophic corrosion; E.P.A. Discloses Ingredients of Oil Dispersant; CA to get hundreds of FREE electric vehicle charging stations; Senate Votes on Blocking EPA Greenhouse Gas Regs; TN Senate Nixes Push to Revive Coal Mining Bill; WY Now Requires Disclosure of Fracking Chemicals ...PLUS: IEA: U.S. spill may be "game changer" for oil ...
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!
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 ...
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.
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...
(Note: See bottom of toon for a quick comment of mine in response. - BF)
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...
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...
So that means, as Think Progress notes, so far the clean up costs for BP have amounted to a little less than four days of profits for them. "At $93 million a day in profits, BP makes $350 million in about 3.8 days."
It seems that recklessness for the fossil fuel industry remains a very safe business model for the time being.
In 1990, following the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, federal legislation was passed to make oil companies responsible for the cost of clean up from such disasters, and liable for up to (a paltry) $75 million in damages. While Congress is currently considering legislation to raise that cap from $75 million to $10 billion, there remains a question of whether or not such legislation would be retroactive to cover damages from the Gulf oil disaster or not.
If it does, as "the largest oil producer in the Gulf of Mexico," and one of "the world's five largest companies," according to WaPo, BP ought to be able to handle it.
Not that they ultimately will have to.
As both WaPo and TP remind us, thanks to a recent decision by the Bush Supreme Court, the "punitive damages against Exxon for the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil-tanker spill were originally set at $5 billion in 1994 but were reduced on appeal. The company agreed last year to pay less than $1 billion, including interest."
It's good to be
king a corporate "person".
CORRECTION: Currently proposed federal legislation would raise the cap on damages to $10 billion, not $5 billion as we originally wrote above. The article has been edited to correct that error. By the way, even at $10 billion, says Daphne Wysham at Huffington Post today, the damage to property and to the fishing and tourism industries, as well as others, could eventually far exceed even that much. As Wysham notes in concurrence with the above: "Crime pays for BP."
Two quickie items from Public Citizen's latest DontGetRolled.org "e-newsletter about the movement to curb corporate influence in politics and restore our democracy," as brought to my attention by Ernie Canning today...
Election spending by third parties and special interest groups is up dramatically
Spending by independent and third-party groups on TV ads for seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate are nearly four times the amount from four years ago - $48 million vs. $11.2 million, reports the Campaign Media Analysis Group, an organization that tracks political spending. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is one of the big spenders, as is the conservative group Americans for Job Security.
Guest blogged by Ernest A. Canning
If a picture is worth a thousand words, this short ad from Friends of the Earth says it all about the obscenity that is the Republican slogan, "Drill baby, drill!" The ad was released almost contemporaneously to Sarah Palin's insistence on "drill here, drill now" despite knowledge of the devastation unfolding in the Gulf states as a result of the BP disaster...
I wonder if that one is "too confusing" for Fox "News"?
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