Bloomberg News Continues to Mislead on Offshore Drilling Ban

By: Monday July 19, 2010 6:00 am

Kevin Drum of Mother Jones writes, “This is stunningly bad journalism… The Bloomberg results make for an exciting headline, but that’s about it. Correlation with reality is pretty close to zero.”


A Real Joe the Plumber Plugs BP Well

By: Sunday July 18, 2010 7:00 pm

It turns out that the design of the new cap system that has temporarily plugged the blown out BP oil well in the Gulf was submitted (initially anonymously) by Joe Caldart, a plumber in St. Francis, Kansas.

There’s a Difference Between Whistleblowers and Hustlers

By: Friday July 16, 2010 2:15 pm

Be wary about celebrating Adam Dillon as a hero, and of attributing “whistleblower” status to someone who could very well be appropriating that status only to discredit it. The importance of real whistleblowers have done should be treated with respect, and protected from association with those who do not deserve to wear that mantle.

Grand Isle and the Illusion of Health

By: Friday July 16, 2010 12:35 pm

I am in town for a week to visit with my family here in Louisiana and am curious to see if there was evidence of the BP tragedy in my hometown. What I do find is very interesting and consistent with a place that lives with the tangible possibility of danger and excitement on a seasonal basis. The two seasons that come to mind are hurricane and Mardi Gras.

Reid Sets Tentative Late July Debate for Climate and Energy Bill

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 8:50 am

Harry Reid has a draft of a climate and energy bill that he plans to bring to the Senate floor within a couple weeks, the Majority Leader said. That would begin the climate debate right around the end of the July work period, so I don’t know what that means for pushing back the deadline on the August recess; it could mean that Reid just wants a vote to highlight GOP obstructionism.

BP Begins to Cap Well; Legacy of Failure Remains

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 5:15 pm

BP sucessfully installed their new, tighter cap on the Macondo well yesterday, and will now begin testing the valves and the other functions. The goal is to fully capture all of the leaking oil from the well, and officials believe they can achieve that goal. This would not stop the drilling of the relief wells, seen as key to permanently closing up the spill.

A BP Disaster for the Rest of Us: The Marcellus Shale

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 4:15 pm

Okay boys and girls, it’s time for a little more “energy-based geology” courtesy of your Aunt Toby. You didn’t know that I know anything about geology, did you? Well, I had better since I live smack dab in an area which given the amount of natural gas formation there is, has the potential to make the BP oil volcano pollution look like small change.

Obama Drilling Moratorium Overturned in Curious Court Decision

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 2:35 pm

What else could have been behind this bunk decision? Well, for one, Judge Feldman’s disclosures indicate he is invested in and tied to Transocean and Ocean Energy concerns, among others, which certainly ought to raise a red flag. The other question I have is whether or not the government’s attorneys or staff gave some informal clue to the court that they would not be upset in the least if the court were to rule against them. There are lots of ways to accomplish this and, yes, it does occasionally occur. I have no idea or evidence that is the case here; but this is simply an inexplicable decision to the best of my experience. Something funny happened on the way to the forum, that is for sure.

The World Is Rich, But It Is Not Mine

By: Sunday June 20, 2010 9:30 am

Congressman Joe Barton says he doesn’t want to live in a country in which those in authority are held accountable.

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