21MW Maui Wind Farm Goes Online

  Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy have announced that the 21MW Auwahi wind farm is now fully operational. Construction of this wind park took nine months to complete, and it consists of eight turbines mounted on the southeast ridge of Maui’s Haleakala volcano. This wind farm is capable of powering up to

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.

Protect Turtles & Dolphins (Not Tremendous Oil Company Profits)

I received a petition this week from Oceana, one of my favorite organizations in the world. It’s a petition to cut the $4 billion dollars in tax breaks oil companies get each year. It was announced today that BP’s profits doubled in the 3rd quarter of this year. It’s common knowledge that oil company executives

BP Profits Double (Wealth Trickles Down?)

Well, news that BP’s 3rd-quarter profits have doubled as gas prices have risen immediately made me think of this great image (Republicans and businessmen laughing about people believing them when they say “the wealth trickles down”): Here’s more on BP’s announcement and other facts from Climate Progress: by Noreen Nielsen BP announced early this morning

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.

Oil Companies & U.S. Chamber of Commerce — One & the Same?

Continuing on with our series on 350.org’s The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Doesn’t Speak for Me campaign, let’s take a quick look at some ties between the Chamber and the oil industry.

As you may have heard, and 350.org recently noted, large oil companies are having a ball, raking in billions and billions of dollars in profit (that’s right, not revenue but profit) while the U.S. economy suffers:

“Exxon Mobil nabbed $10.7bn; Shell pulled in $6.9bn; Chevron, $4.5bn; and last but not least, BP, after accounting for oil spill losses still made out with $7.1bn.”

BP Getting $13 Billion Tax Break? {TAKE ACTION}

Last Wednesday, it was determined that BP would be getting $13 billion in tax credits. It is not clear if BP is even going to pay any taxes at all or if it will actually get money from the government after this. Why is BP getting so much money? Because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico….

NASA Satellite Images of Oil Spill {One Year On}

A year on from the catastrophic explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and news still abounds regarding the cause and affect the spill has had on the region and its inhabitants, human and otherwise.

Wake Up, America. You're Being Lied To [VIDEO]

The effects of the BP oil spill are still all over many Gulf beaches. One Alabama resident walks us through what is still covering the beaches there, and is as far deep in the sand as he has tried digging. A national wildlife refuge in the area is still covered in oil, with seemingly contradictory

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

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

Are Gulf Oil Plumes Still a Threat?

A National Geographic video looks at whether oil plumes within the Gulf of Mexico are still a threat. Over the course of the summer, scientists detected large plumes of oil droplets in the Gulf of Mexico, presumably from the BP oil spill that began in April. Are these plumes still a threat to the Gulf

All the Oil Became Food

Ever since the BP oil spill was contained and plugged, people have been asking and wondering where all the oil went, and whether it would have an adverse effect on the marine life in and around the Gulf of Mexico. A new study headed by Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Dr. William “Monty” Graham published Monday

Oily Dolphin Kids’ Ride in UK [VIDEO]

Our good friend Timothy Hurst over at ecopolitology came up with a good find last week: Banksy, the famed UK street artist and subversive social commentator, took aim at BP this summer by installing a coin operated ride depicting a dolphin jumping over a spilled BP barrel of oil at the Brighton Pier on the

First Independent Study of Oil Spill Confirms Disaster

The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that shocked the world is fading into the background, but the effects of the disaster will long be felt. And now for the first time an independent study has confirmed the disastrous extent of the oil spill making it the largest marine oil accident ever. “We wanted to do

Americans Divided on Gulf Oil Spill

A new poll by Gallup clearly shows that America is split down the middle when considering the implications and responsibilities of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. First and foremost for Americans to decide is whether the federal government should maintain the moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, or lift it and

Greenpeace Shuts Down Every BP Station in London [UPDATE: Video Added]

50 BP stations shut down in London by Greenpeace activists. Reason? BP is “moving beyond petroleum.” [UPDATE: YouTube video of the actions added below] Who else could do it but Greenpeace? In a big statement to new “CEO elect” Bob Dudley, Greenpeace is bringing back BP’s “Beyond Petroleum” message, but perhaps not in the way

470+ Endangered Sea Turtles Killed by BP Oil Spill (so far)

470 endangered sea turtles and thousands of birds officially killed by BP oil spill so far. Many more covered in oil and on the brink of death. Well, BP has stopped burning endangered sea turtles alive and has apparently gotten the leak stopped, but official reports show that, as of yesterday, at least 470 endangered

Underwater Robots will Stop the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Robots are the solution to stopping the oil spill. Here are some ways that robotics engineering teams are helping, and examples of how underwater robots work: *the entire area around the BP Deepwater Horizon wellhead, a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico is constantly being monitored and worked on with robotic activity.

Europe Should Freeze Deep Water Drilling

A top member of the European Commission has said that European countries should freeze new deep water drilling until the causes behind the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are investigated. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in prepared remarks he was to deliver to the European Parliament in Strasbourg that there should be a complete

BP No Longer Burning Endangered Sea Turtles, They Say

Following up on a post I wrote a couple weeks ago about BP burning endangered sea turtles alive, the news is now that they have responded to the criticism (as if burning endangered sea turtles and blocking hired rescue crews from saving them isn’t something they could have seen was beyond wrong in the first

Don't Let Big Oil Off the Hook

Currently, U.S. law is such that an oil company has to pay no more than $75 million in the event of a disaster. This means billions in damages will not be paid by BP for the BP oil spill. If you think this cap should be raised, take action below.

BP Response to Oil Spill Video [Humor]

[social_buttons] Following Obama’s BP oil spill speech and 3 ways you can take action in response to the BP oil spill, I thought I’d add one more post on the BP oil spill today. This is a hilarious, if not still very sad, video mocking BP’s response to its oil spill in the Gulf of

New High Resolution Video of BP Oil Spill [Video]

New high resolution video of BP oil spill released after pressure from Congress. [social_buttons] BP has released a new high resolution video of the BP oil. It took about a month before BP finally released a live video of the oil spill in the Gulf, and now it turns out what they released is not

Criminal Investigation of BP Oil Spill Launched by US Justice Department

US Attorney General Eric Holder launches a full-out criminal investigation of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. [social_buttons] Visiting the Gulf of Mexico for the first time, US Attorney General Eric Holder stated yesterday, “we must… ensure that anyone found responsible for this spill is held accountable. That means enforcing the appropriate civil—and if

Taxpayer Bailout for BP?

Take action below and tell your Senators that you don’t want to pay for BP’s oil spill. [social_buttons] This is hard to believe, to be honest, even considering who it is coming from. Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska wants taxpayers to foot the bill for BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She has proposed that

Sun Glinting off Oil Spill

NASA’s Aqua satellite has caught imagery of the sun glinting off the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. [social_buttons]As it swept over the Gulf of Mexico, the Aqua, using the onboard Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument, took the above image showing three big bright sunglints. According to the May 18 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Bike Month is Here

National Bike Month is here and there are a lot of reasons to participate! It’s that time of year again. The sun is shining more and more (in most places in the Northern Hemisphere), the birds are chirping, and you can see more and more people on the streets riding their bikes. If you aren’t

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