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Why the BP Spill is not the end of Big Oil

The end of oil will only happen when we don’t need it anymore.

Even as the well gushes on, environmentalists see opportunity amid the BP oil nightmare. With the public riveted — a Pew poll found that 55% of Americans are closely following the saga — ecologists want to seize the moment. “This will begin a national conversation,” says Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, who says green groups are already coordinating political efforts around the spill.

Or will it? Two of the biggest man-made environmental disasters in recent years offer differing examples but suggest limited prospects for big change. At one extreme is the 1979 near meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear-power plant south of Harrisburg, Pa. Although no one was killed and studies later found limited long-term effects from radiation, the incident was viscerally terrifying: the governor ordered the evacuation of pregnant women and preschool children within five miles of the reactor. Fierce demonstrations against nuclear power sprang up around the country. The result was a near deathblow to the industry, which was frozen in place for decades. Not a single new U.S. nuclear-power plant has been constructed since the crisis.

Source: Why the BP Spill Won’t Mean Twilight for Big Oil

UWS project will monitor South Shore ecology – Duluth News Tribune

The Lake Superior Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Superior will get $971,714 from the Environmental Protection Agency to work with the Wisconsin Depart­ment of Natural Resources to monitor waters in …
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Is the Planet Earth Smarter than Humans?

If you were to put a human being up against the Planet Earth in a contest of intelligence which of the two do you think would win? Lets say we used the game show Jeopardy as the platform for this contest.

Alex: Welcome to the game of century where we will pit the intelligence of all of humankind against mother earth. Humans will be represented by all of humankind and the earth will represent itself. For this game there will be only one question under the category of General Knowledge.  Humans won the backstage coin toss so let begin the game. Read more

Obama to push BP to set up oil-spill damage fund

The president, preparing to make a fourth trip to the gulf, is set to pressure oil-company executives to create a ‘substantial’ escrow account for damage claims. Governors of affected states cite the blow to tourism. President Obama will try this week to exert more control over the handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by meeting with BP executives and pressing them to set up an escrow …
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Live Video: Train Derailment News Conference Scheduled for 7:30 a.m. – News Channel 7

Residents were able to return home Saturday morning as officials lifted a mandatory evacuation that had been in place since late Friday afternoon due to the cleanup from Thursday’s trail derailment.

Officials said that the evacuation had been lifted and residents were able to retun to their homes around 7:30 Saturday morning after cleanup crews worked throughout the night to remove debris and possible hazardous materials from the area. Late Friday afternoon, about 100 people had to be evacuated as crews worked to remove a train car filled with a chemical called TDI off the tracks. The chemical still remains in the area, but is in a train car that has been removed from the tracks awaiting removal to another container.
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Fracking the Earth

No matter what side you are on concerning drilling for natural gas does our need for “clean” fuel outweigh the need to keep our environment clean?

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Does BP Control the Media or just their Employees?

Every news organization needs to be in the Gulf and in BP’s face.  This is our country and a corporation does not own the Gulf. We need to document every single detail of this disaster.

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Greenhouse Gases – Last Chance to Make an Attempt?

The academy, calling it ‘the most comprehensive report ever on climate change,’ suggests taxing carbon emissions. The papers also raise the possibility that global warming might make it necessary to shift vulnerable populations away from coasts.

In a sharp change from its cautious approach in the past, the National Academy of Sciences on Wednesday called for taxes on carbon emissions, a cap-and-trade program for such emissions or some other strong action to curb runaway global warming.
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Along Gulf coast highway, anxiety spreads with oil – Birmingham News

(AP) — ALONG THE GULF COAST – It’s barely 5 a.m., and last night’s sliver of moon still hangs in a charcoal sky as Dave Marino eases the 24-foot bayboat from the dock and into the flat, dark waters of the canal leading …
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