IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The cap comes off, but is now back on; The moratorium is off, but may soon be back on; Fox you, Charles Krauthammer... PLUS: Asian Invasion in the Great Lakes! --- Asian Carp, that is ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Supreme Court lifts ban on planting GM alfalfa; Murdoch UK newspaper apologizes to climate scientist; What goes into (and comes out of) a barrel of tar sands oil; Four BP-style extreme energy nightmares to come; Coal industry costs W.Va. state budget millions more than it generates ...PLUS: America's magical thinking on energy ...
STORIES DISCUSSED IN TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Asian Invasion Threatens Great Lakes Ecosystem:
- First Asian carp found in waterway near Great Lakes: A 20-pound Asian carp was fished out of a waterway close to the Great Lakes and beyond twin electric barriers designed to keep them out, authorities said on Wednesday. (Reuters)
- An Invader, Near the Great Lakes: [A]uthorities here have uncovered the proof they did not want. They caught a fish. (NY Times)
- Latest in the BP Oil Spill Disaster:
- More Oil Gushing Into Gulf After Problem With Cap
- Cap finally replaced after robot accident (Houston Chronicle)
- Well design may be hampering spill efforts (Houston Chronicle):
Reduction in thickness of casing raises concern about well’s integrity.
If the well casing burst it could send oil and gas streaming through the strata to appear elsewhere on the sea floor, or create a crater underneath the wellhead - a device placed at the top of the well where the casing meets the seafloor - that would destabilize it and the blowout preventer.
- Gulf oil spill: Barrier island berm plan runs aground (LA Times)
- Judge Who Struck Down Moratorium Has Owned Transocean Stock (Mother Jones)
- BP pipe tilting more than Leaning Tower of Pisa. (Think Progress)
- Regulators Failed to Address Risks in Oil Rig Fail-Safe Device (NY Times):
It was the last line of defense, the final barrier between the rushing volcanic fury of oil and gas and one of the worst environmental disasters in United States history.... the rig’s desperate crew pinned all hope on this last line of defense.
But the line did not hold.
- BP Demise Would Threaten U.S. Energy Security, Industry (Bloomberg)
- Alabama town's seafood companies scramble to stay afloat (Greenwire)
- More on the No Mo' Moratorium, Congressional Investigations, and the Politics of the BP Oil Disaster
- Gulf oil spill: Salazar defends renewed drilling moratorium (LA Times)
- Interior eyes more flexible drilling moratorium after court setback (The Hill)
- Cheers, jeers for court decision to block offshore drilling freeze (The Hill)
- Some Implications of Tightening Regulation of U.S. Deepwater Drilling (Resources for the Future)
- House votes to give subpoena power to oil spill commission (The Hill)
- Subpoena Power: This afternoon, the House passed HR 5481, legislation to provide the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling with subpoena power. (The Gavel)
- New Barton gaffe on BP spill nearly goes unnoticed: Twitter post seems to retract apology on Hill (Houston Chronicle)
- House GOP Retains Barton as Energy Panel's Ranking Member (Greenwire)
- Oil and gas industry-funded GOP Congressman can’t give safety assurances for lifting drilling moratorium (Climate Progress)
- Two Oil Spill Response Workers Lose Their Lives:
- 'Despondent' Boat Captain Hired by BP for Gulf Cleanup Commits Suicide (The Nation)
- Coroner: Charter captain working oil spill killed himself; former co-worker 'surprised something like this hasn't already happened' (Mobile Press-Register)
- Gulf oil spill: Boat captain, despondent over spill, commits suicide (LA Times)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Supreme Court lifts ban on planting GM alfalfa (Greenwire):
In its first ruling on genetically engineered crops, the Supreme Court today overturned a lower court's decision prohibiting Monsanto Co. from selling pesticide-resistant alfalfa seeds until the government completes an environmental impact study.
"An injunction is a drastic and extraordinary remedy, which should not be granted as a matter of course," Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the 7-1 majority.
- Murdoch UK Newspaper Apologizes to Climate Scientist (NYT Green):
In its correction this weekend, The Sunday Times acknowledged that the conclusion about the Amazon was supported by peer-reviewed evidence. It also acknowledged that Dr. Lewis’s views had been reported in a way that suggested that he disputed the science behind the claims about the Amazon.
In fact, Dr. Lewis had criticized the United Nations panel for not fully citing the relevant peer-reviewed evidence in its assessment report.
- What Goes Into (And Comes Out of) A Barrel Of Tar Sands Oil (Treehugger)
- BPrepared: Four BP-style extreme energy nightmares to come (Grist)
- Must read report: Coal industry costs W.Va. state budget $97.5 million a year more than it generates (Coal Tattoo)
- America's Magical Thinking on Energy: Poll shows Americans don't understand energy policy (TIME)