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- For the third week in a row, the Sunday shows go 0-for-3 for the Watchdog. read more »
- Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We'll also include contact information for the shows, so we can let them know what their viewers want asked. read more »
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- One of the many contentious issues in crafting clean energy policies is the role of biofuels -- particularly ethanol, which now primarily comes from corn. They help reduce the need for fossil fuels and foreign oil, but the process to create the fuel potentially contributes to global warming, damage to the land and increased food costs. read more »
For A Live Earth, U.S. Must Lead by Jerome Ringo, | July 6, 2007With the right leadership, saving the environment is a shared task with shared rewards. read more »
- Saturday’s Live Earth global event will hopefully take the global warming issue beyond raising awareness and towards rallying support around a comprehensive solution. read more »
Facing Energy Fears by Peter Teague and Jeff Navin, prospect.org | July 3, 2007Effectively opposing climate change means recognizing and addressing the widespread concern over exorbitant energy prices. read more »
- Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several House committee chairman held a press conference earlier today to announce their initial energy independence package. read more »
Who Owns The Sky? by Frank O'Donnell, | June 28, 2007The very companies that have polluted the upper atmosphere now want to be rewarded. read more »
- You may not know it, but there's lots of hot energy bill action going on in the halls of the House, following last week's passage of the Senate version. Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., is crafting its bill. read more »
BP Well Cap: BP, Feds Clash Over Reopening Capped Gulf Oil Well , Huffington Post | July 19, 2010
What Cap? Dems' Climate Word War, Politico | July 19, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid played dumb last week when a reporter asked him if the energy and climate bill headed to the floor would come with a “cap” on greenhouse gas emissions.
“I don’t use that,” the Nevada Democrat replied. “Those words are not in my vocabulary. We’re going to work on pollution.”
BP Suits Top 300 on Claims by Workers, Mall, Sheriff, Business Week | July 16, 2010
July 15 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc faces more than 300 lawsuits seeking billions of dollars in potential claims as damage from the worst oil spill in U.S. history ripples through the nation’s Gulf Coast economy. read more »
BP Stops Gulf Oil Flow for the First Time Since April, grist.org | July 16, 2010
British energy giant BP stopped the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday for the first time in three months as it began key tests hoping to stem the spill for good.
Shortly after BP engineers shut down the last of three valves on a giant new cap placed on the blown-out well, Senior Vice President Kent Wells announced that no oil was leaking into the seas.
Congress Turns to Task of Preventing Another Gulf Oil Spill, Christian Science Monitor | July 15, 2010
Amid an election-year rush to finalize and vote on major oil spill legislation before the fall elections, the Democratic leadership is pushing hard to get an oil-spill bill out of committees and onto the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote, hopefully before the August recess. read more »
BP Faces 7-Year Offshore Drilling Ban, bbc.co.uk | July 15, 2010
A US Congressional committee has agreed measures that would ban BP from new offshore drilling for seven years.
The House committee on natural resources voted in favour of precluding companies with poor safety records from offshore oil exploration permits.
The proposed law does not name BP, but would apply to any company that has experienced 10 or more deaths in the last seven years.
BP Replaces Leaking Line, Back on Track with Critical Tests, CNN | July 15, 2010
BP replaced a leaking piece of equipment Thursday and hoped to resume procedures leading up to a vital well pressure test that could put an end to the oil that has been gushing into Gulf of Mexico for the last 12 weeks, said a top company official. read more »
BP Prepares to Test New Cap on Well, Reuters | July 13, 2010
The tests, due to last between six and 48 hours, will begin later on Tuesday on BP's newly installed "capping stack", which has a better seal than the last cap placed on the well and aims to stop oil from spewing out of the failed blowout preventer. read more »
A ‘Replicable’ Energy Model In Hawaii?, newsweekinteractive.net | July 12, 2010
President Obama has called for a “national mission” to end America’s dependence on oil. Perhaps the biggest hurdle, however, isn’t national will—a majority of Americans now back an energy overhaul—so much as finding a workable template. Could Hawaii fill the void? The archipelago is more than twice as oil-dependent as the U.S. read more »
Grow Green Jobs, ourfuture.org | July 12, 2010
Why not address both problems with a major public program to directly put people to work saving energy?
Plenty of green-job advocates have offered practical details, including my University of Massachusetts colleague, Robert Pollin. Yet no one in Congress or the White House seems willing to plant this garden. read more »