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Dear God, is Oil a Blessing or a Curse?

Originally published on EdenKeeper.org By calling on Oklahomans to pray for oil, Governor Mary Fallin has stretched the limits of my patience and perhaps a little bit of my better judgment. Governor Fallin would have us all believe that it’s been a really tough year for the oil industry. In fact, it’s been so bad […]

October 24th

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons — #6 In "Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries" Series

This is part of a 10-part series on the “Top 10 Toxic Ingredients Used By The Fossil Fuel Industries.” Read, share, and check in tomorrow for the next part, which will focus on formaldehyde. 6. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) Fossil Fuel Sources: Oil and Coal In actuality, this is not a single listing — polycyclic aromatic […]

December 2nd

Dolphin Mass Deaths In The Gulf Of Mexico Due To The BP Oil Spill And Other Factors

The BP oil spill, the largest ever oil spill on open water to date, contributed significantly to the historically high number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, says a two-year scientific study released July 19. A variety of other environmental factors contributed. A research team of biologists from several Gulf of Mexico institutions […]

July 22nd

BP Ready for Extended Gulf of Mexico Trial

In what is his first in-depth newspaper interview since becoming CEO of BP in 2010, Bob Dudley has made it quite clear that they are expecting the trial into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to last for several years.

The Sunday Telegraph in the UK scored the interview with Dudley, who said that he was hopeful of doing “some deals” on the details of the case, but was really expecting the case to last until 2014.

February 27th

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Created Urban City Air Pollution Levels

The wealth of air pollutants that were generated in the atmospheric plume as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 amounted to levels similar to the pollution created by a large city, says a new study led by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The levels of ozone were similar […]

December 20th

Hands Across the Sand Events Across the US Today

Over one year since the horrible BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, media attention on the matter has waned, politicians have gone back to their old ways, and oil companies.. well, you know what they do (all while residents and wildlife are still being tremendously harmed by the disaster). But many (beyond those clearly harmed) have not forgotten and have been continuously working to prevent another such disaster in the Gulf of Mexico or anywhere else in the United States.

June 25th

BP, Under Criminal Investigation & Violating Its Probation, Still Gets Multi-Million Dollar Government Contracts

If BP were a person (as it now is, legally, under the ridiculous Citizens United Supreme Court ruling of 2010), it would be in serious s*** right now. It is under a federal criminal investigation due to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and it has violated its terms of probation twice in the last year.

April 28th

Gulf Residents Trek 1,200 Miles on Foot to D.C. to Ask for More Action on BP Oil Spill

Some Louisiana residents and oil spill activists fed up with BP oil spill inaction recently walked to Washington, D.C. from their home state of Louisiana to try to get Congress, the Obama administration, and BP to do more in response to the BP oil spill and its effects on their lives and communities.

April 20th

More BP Oil Spill Reflections: Could Another Similar Disaster Happen? "Absolutely"

Last week, Joe Romm did a nice little round-up of recent articles about the BP oil spill disaster — on what we’ve learned (or not learned) and where things are today. Following up on my post earlier today on that, here are a number of great quotes from around that I’m cribbing from Joe’s piece (emphasis added)….

April 20th

Offshore Oil Drilling after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill — No New Safeguards, GOP Push for Less Oversight

One of the worst environmental disasters in history struck one year ago today — the “Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” or “BP oil spill.” Haven’t kept up with the details of offshore oil drilling much lately and curious where things stand? Well, I can’t say that we’ve learned from our lesson.

April 20th

NASA: Toxic Dispersants Did Rain on Gulf Coast from BP Oil Spill "Cleanup"

Remember how all the conspiracy nuts claimed the chemicals BP was dumping in the water might actually evaporate into the air and then rain down on the Gulf States, poisoning land, water, and of course, people? And remember how the government officials said, “No, no, no! That could NEVER happen. Not to worry! … But […]

Newest Gulf Report: Oil, Soot and Dead Animals on Sea Floor

Reporting her results from a fifth Gulf of Mexico expedition ending this past December,  University of Georgia marine scientist Samantha Joye has been to the bottom and back, and her findings are anything but optimistic. Her team has found numerous expanses of oil and soot covered sea floor that were “chemically finger-printed” as deriving from […]

February 20th

Shell Cancels Plans to Drill in Arctic (Success!)

“Shell announced that they’ve cancelled their plans to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic in 2011 due to lack of confidence that they would meet the standards to get the required permits,” Oceana (and plenty of others) enthusiastically reported yesterday. Of course, there is no known method of successfully cleaning up oil spills in the […]

February 5th

Gulf Oil Spill Fines Would be Dedicated to Gulf Restoration under New House Amendment

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Ma.) and some other House Democrats introduced an amendment to an updated oil spill response bill last week that “would implement a key recommendation by the bipartisan oil spill commission,” the Environmental Defense Fund reports. “The recommendation is for Congress to dedicate 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties to be assessed for […]

February 3rd

Global Weirding/Climate Change/Clean Energy Politics & Business Link Drop

Some of the best global weirding politics stories from around, in my opinion: Should Obama Omit Any Mention of Climate Change or Global Warming in the State of the Union Address? “What topics should be in Obama’s State of the Union address?” That is the question posed to well-known thought leaders by the Washington Post.  Not a […]

January 24th

How Bad "Science" Confuses the Public

Via the web’s best climate denial de-crocker Peter Sinclair, the video above (by another debunker) discusses and debunks some of the more ridiculous environmental and climate science claims of late. As Sinclair sums up, here are the items covered: • “The BP Oil Spill is slowing the Gulf Stream” (not) • “Scientists Predicted it will never […]

January 20th

Environmental & Wildlife News of the Week

Since we had plenty of news last Friday and I was heading out of town, I decided to leave our weekly roundup of global weirding and environmental/wildlife news (that we didn’t already cover) to Monday. Here’s the environmental/wildlife portion. Tainted Water Still a Concern in Pennsylvania Gas Drilling in 2011 I have written before about […]

January 17th

Environmental, Wildlife, & Green Living News of the Week

Other than what we’ve already covered, of course, here are a number of good environmental, wildlife, and green living stories form around the internet. GreenDeals aims to be a Groupon for green shoppers New website aims to offer US consumers discounts on green products and services… High-speed rail route to get 2m trees for shelter […]

January 7th

Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming Final Report

As you may have heard, the incoming Congressional leaders of the oil and coal company Republican party have shut down the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Just not a big enough issue for them… (or maybe too big of an issue). Anyway, the Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Edward Markey, has sent […]

January 4th

Environmental Regulations Eased for Oil & Gas Deepwater Drilling Projects in Gulf of Mexico

The Obama administration on Monday eased new environmental barriers to some oil and gas deepwater projects, but companies will still have to meet stringent regulations before drilling resumes. Yeah, to be quite clear and straightforward about it, some environmental regulations that have been in place since the BP oil spill in the Gulf have just […]

January 4th

Top 30 Planetsave Posts of 2010

I know, you are extremely curious to find out which posts on Planetsave got the most views in 2010. I was too. Here they are, the top 30. Did you read them all? 30. Amazon River (10 Friday Photos) People love pretty pictures, (especially of the Amazon). 29. Top Environmental Organizations in the United States (7 Green […]

December 30th

Top 10 Global Weirding & Environment Stories of 2010

This is a difficult list to come up with when you cover these topics every day. There are so many big stories, many of which never even hit the mainstream media. Well, I know these are popular (I’m drawn in to them, too) and it’s always useful to reflect a little… So, here’s my Top […]

December 28th

Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk [VIDEO]

Via our sister site FailDrill, check out this great interview and music video. “Produced in partnership with Oxfam-America, the video aims to keep the conversation going about the plight of the people still dealing with the aftermath of the spill,” Jeff McIntire-Strasburg writes. “The Gulf Coast oil spill is making headlines right now as one of […]

December 20th