What if the BP Gusher in the Gulf is Unstoppable? by Dennis Kucinich

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, Jun 17, 2010

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:

“What if the BP gusher in the Gulf is unstoppable?

“This is the challenging question that is making its way through various blogs. What if millions of barrels of oil continue to flow uncontrolled from the hole in the seabed?

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‘R’Oil Indignation by Walter Brasch

by Walter Brasch
Featured Writer
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www.walterbrasch.com
June 13, 2010

The British are upset with the United States. That’s not too unusual. There was this revolution thing a couple of centuries ago.

But America’s Number 1 ally is upset that Americans are blaming BP for that nasty little oil spill in the Gulf. You know, the one where as much as 1.7 million gallons of crude oil a day has given us new species of no-flight pelicans and black-skinned dolphins.

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BP Releases New HD Video Of Leaking Oil Well + Feds knew of Gulf spill risks in 2000

Make Big Oil Pay march to Chevron, EPA & BP 710

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replaced video Aug. 30, 2012

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Committing “Ecocide:” Tipping Point Between Evolution or Extinction? by Robert S. Becker

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by Robert S. Becker
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June 8, 2010

To echo A. J. Toynbee, civilizations fall not by getting murdered by outsiders: they tend to commit suicide first.  Judging by our example, so do advanced species.  The good news: earthlings need not dread the shocker of meteor collisions, volcanic eruptions, outer space invaders (talk about illegals!), or pernicious, end of times Raptures.  Final Judgment looks more like an epilogue than cause for concern.

Ecocide, the ruination of our ecosystems, is wounding us grievously, the upshot of political and corporate mismanagement, overpopulation, climate dislocation, and collective choices – done with a shocking disregard for how fragile, and exceptional, life is.  Life, at its core defined by sustainability, is the extreme exception in a cosmos of rocks and gases and dark energy.

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BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says

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By Renee Schoof and Erika Bolstad
McClatchy Newspapers
June 7, 2010

WASHINGTON — BP’s runaway Deepwater Horizon well may be spewing what the company once-called its worst case scenario — 100,000 barrels a day, a member of the government panel told McClatchy Monday.

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Leifer said that based on satellite data he’s examined, the rate of flow from the well has been increasing over time, especially since BP’s “top kill” effort failed last month to stanch the flow. The decision last week to sever the well’s damaged riser pipe from the its blowout preventer in order to install a “top hat” containment device has increased the flow still more _ far more, Leifer said, than the 20 percent that BP and the Obama administration predicted.

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via BP well may be spewing 100,000 barrels a day, scientist says | McClatchy

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Planning for Disaster by Ralph Nader

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
June 4, 2010

When the Executive Branch does not have worst case scenario planning for each kind of energy source—oil, gas, coal, nuclear, wind, solar and efficiency—the people are not protected.

Enter the 24/7 oil gusher-leak by BP and Transocean – the rig operator – and the impotence of the federal government to do anything but wait and see if BP can find ways to close off the biggest and growing oil leak in American history. Where is the emergency planning or industry knowhow?

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Another setback in BP’s attempt to halt leak

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By Renee Schoof
McClatchy Newspapers
June 2, 2010

WASHINGTON — The latest BP maneuver to stop the gush of oil from a busted well in the Gulf of Mexico had to be put on pause on Wednesday because a diamond saw got stuck in the pipe it was trying to cut through on the ocean floor.

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said BP on Wednesday morning was trying to maneuver the pipe to free the saw, but would send down a second blade if necessary.

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Sylvia Earle: It’s a Subsea Problem by Ariel Ky + Aerial, underwater video of oil spill seal effort

by Ariel Ky
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Peacevisionary’s Blog
June 1, 2010

Sylvia Earle, acclaimed oceanographer and aquanaut, testified May 19 before the U.S. Congress Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as an expert on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  Earle told the panel that “just about everybody on earth will be affected, one way or another, by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” Earle’s expertise on oil spills comes from her stint as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency responding to the Exxon Valdez and Mega Borg oil spills, as well as extensive involvement with evaluation of the environmental consequences of the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf spill.

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Oily Politics Led to Environmental Disaster by Walter Brasch

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May 30, 2010

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) had a good idea to slow or stop the Gulf Coast oil spill from reaching shore. Build artificial barrier islands, he told the federal government. He wanted the Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River to strengthen and connect the existing barrier islands. The $350 million plan, which Jindal demanded be paid for by BP Oil, would establish an 80–85 mile barrier, about 200 feet wide and six feet high. The barriers would also protect the marshlands, the federal wildlife preserves, and a fragile ecosystem.

When the federal government didn’t respond, he threatened to have Louisiana do the job itself, and had his attorney general notify the Corps of Engineers that under the 10th Amendment the state had a right to protect itself during an emergency. After two weeks of discussion and analysis by the Corps, President Obama ordered the first of six islands to be built. Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, the on-scene commander, said the first island would be a prototype; if it worked, five more would be built.  Jindal wants 24 islands, but believes the first six are a good start.

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BP announces ‘top kill’ has failed to stop Gulf oil leak + Mike Papantonio: Centrist Syndrome & Corporate Death Penalty

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By Erika Bolstad
McClatchy Newspapers
May 29, 2010

BP has abandoned its most recent “top kill” effort to contain its runaway oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, a company official announced Saturday evening.

“After three full days, we have been unable to overcome the flow,” said the company’s chief operating officer, Doug Suttles at a news conference in Robert, La. “. . . This scares everybody, the fact that we can’t make this well stop flowing, or the fact that we haven’t succeeded so far.”

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Naomi Klein: Why is BP still in charge?

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May 28, 2010 — Frustration is growing among residents of the US Gulf of Mexico coast over the pace of efforts to combat the growing oil spill in the region.

Author and activist Naomi Klein has been visiting the state of Louisiana.

She told Al Jazeera that patience is running very thin.

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Smart Pig: BP’s OTHER Spill this Week by Greg Palast

by Greg Palast
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www.gregpalast.com
for Buzzflash.com
28 May, 2010

With the Gulf Coast dying of oil poisoning, there’s no space in the press for British Petroleum’s latest spill, just this week: over 100,000 gallons, at its Alaska pipeline operation.  A hundred thousand used to be a lot.  Still is.

On Tuesday, Pump Station 9, at Delta Junction on the 800-mile pipeline, busted.  Thousands of barrels began spewing an explosive cocktail after “procedures weren’t properly implemented” by BP operators. “Procedures weren’t properly implemented” is, it seems, BP’s company motto.

Few Americans know that BP owns the controlling stake in the trans-Alaska pipeline; but, unlike with the Deepwater Horizon, BP keeps its Limey name off the Big Pipe.

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Kucinich: Oily Apocalypse or Green Wave? + Why Do We Distance Ourselves from the Oil Disaster?

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by Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Washington, May 25, 2010

Kucinich: We Must Look to the Consequences of our own Demand and Consumption

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today made the following statement on the Floor of the House of Representatives about the ongoing ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico:

“We are now in the 36th day of a man-made environmental disaster which is fast becoming an ecological apocalypse for countless species of marine life. The ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico cannot survive wave after wave of toxic substances hitting the beaches.

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Below the surface of oil hemorrhage, Part 3 by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
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Spirit Morph Studio
May 25, 2010

This is the 3rd installment in my collection of information about the oil gushing into the oceans from the Gulf of Mexico, a la BP. There are a total of 115 links here. (Sure hope it all fits into this here page!) There have been far more than this that I’ve read since the last installment. But these are the ones that I thought were most relevant, with the least amount of repetition, and the most complimentary.

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CODEPINK goes naked in a protest against BP

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What is more indecent, our bodies or the horrific effects of our nation’s obsession with oil? – CODEPINK

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