The New Disasters

By: Friday May 28, 2010 6:01 pm

I’ve seen people variously describe the Gulf of Mexico catastrophe as “Obama’s Katrina” or “Obama’s 9/11,” but neither of those entirely works for me as a parallel. True, the government was woefully unprepared and ineffectual in 2001 and 2005 too, but that was because Bush was the worst president ever, not because industry lobbyists crusaded to cripple FEMA and airport security. Bush’s incompetence left the door to tragedy wide open, and Katrina and al Qaeda breezed right through it.


Did Transocean Isolate Workers for 40+ Hours to Sign Away Liability?

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 6:00 pm

A disturbing account from another survivor of the Deepwater Horizon suggests that Transocean, the owner of the rig, deliberately isolated the survivors from contact with the outside world for more than a day and a half in what the survivor suggested was an attempt to sign away liability.

West Virginia Mine Explosion: 6 Dead, 21 Missing

By: Monday April 5, 2010 4:15 pm

An explosion at a West Virigina coal mine owned by Massey Energy at 4:30 this afternoon left six miners dead and 21 missing.

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