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Obama to address nation on oil disaster Tuesday night

President Barack Obama will visit the Gulf states affected by the oil spill on Monday and Tuesday and then address the nation on Tuesday night from the White House on the next steps in responding to the environmental catastrophe, his senior adviser said Sunday.
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Is The Blame Carousel a One Trick Pony?

As far as I can tell we are all responsible for the Gulf oil disaster.   Our oil gluttony paved the way for this “leak” and many more since and still to come.  Until we can wean ourselves off of oil there is no one to blame but ourselves.  Of course it’s fun to point a waging finger at those in power.

In an interview with POLITICO, the president said: “I think it’s fair to say, if six months ago, before this spill had happened, I had gone up to Congress and I had said we need to crack down a lot harder on oil companies and we need to spend more money on technology to respond in case of a catastrophic spill, there are folks up there, who will not be named, who would have said this is classic, big-government overregulation and wasteful spending.”

Chevron’s Nine Hour Oil Leak

A leak from an underground oil pipeline apparently went unaddressed for nearly nine hours late Friday and early Saturday, spilling 50 gallons of crude per minute into Red Butte Creek.

The oil blackened the east Salt Lake City creek, stained scores of birds, prompted the closure of Liberty Park and sent oil as far west as the Jordan River.
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Your Home’s Hidden Environmental Horrors

The energy hogs and global warming culprits hiding under your roof.
There’s not a wind, breeze or draft that can’t be stopped by Tedd Bensonwood, a builder based in New Hampshire who specializes in energy-efficient homes.

Until recently one way he would keep out the chilly New England air was by wrapping houses with 4-inch-thick extruded polystyrene, an insulation sold under brand names like Dow Chemical ( DOW – news – people ) Styrofoam and Owens Corning ( OC – news – people ) Foamular.

It turns out, though, that these materials contain a particular type of hydrofluorocarbon that happens to be 1,430 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
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Forex: NZD/USD retreats from weekly highs to 0.6800 – (Córdoba) – The Kiwi was able to extend gains against the Greenback boosted by a risk appetite enviroment. NZD/USD rally up collecting almost 200 pips yesterday and rose from the 0.6670 zone right before …
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About 100 People Evacuated For Train Wreck Cleanup – News Channel 7

The black box has been recovered from the train that that derailed in Liberty. Officials hope it will help them find out what caused the cars off the tracks. The train derailed in Liberty while carrying a white non-toxic …
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Not all the Oil in the Gulf is Coming from BP!

Did you ever know someone that changed their own oil, on the side of the road, on the ground?  I’ve seen where people have pulled off the road or even in their own front yards.  Opened the oil drain plug on their car or truck and just let the oil pour out onto the ground.  I suppose they figure it’s just a couple of quarts of oil and it  not that big of a deal.

TOXIC SLUDGE: A ship engine's waste illegally dumped into the sea washed up ashore Kanathur Reddy Kuppam, East Coast Road, posing a grave risk to marine life in the area and residents

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The Forgotten Rubber Mountains

Have you ever wondered what happens to the used tires you have removed from your car when you buy new ones?  You probably only think about it for a moment when you notice a fee on your bill charging you for the disposal of the old tires.  After that it’s not something you may ever think about again, ever.

But that is not the end of the road for your used tires or the hundreds of million of other used tires discarded yearly.  Because they are not bio-degradable they are usually “stored” somewhere until someone comes along and re-cycles them or make some other use of them.  Some are burnt as fuel but that process contributes to air pollution.

What is the solution?  Do you have any ideas?  What do you do with mountains of tires?

Source: Seas of Rubber: The Truth About Tire Recycling