Fatster’s news roundup from May 14, with links to stories on Europe, Scott Walker, Jamie Dimon, ICE, Cuba, Bahrain, Juan Cole, coal’s decline, health care, fishing, Mexican drug war, and more.
|By: Suzanne Thursday September 16, 2010 10:00 pm|
|By: Attaturk Wednesday August 4, 2010 1:30 am|
A government report says the gulf oil spill isn’t so bad now…uh, right.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday August 3, 2010 8:40 am|
US scientists put out a new estimate last night of the flow rate of the BP oil disaster, and determined that almost five million barrels, or 200,000,000 gallons, of oil released out of the busted Macondo well since the explosion on April 20 — an amount over ten times the initial estimates of flow rate from BP at the outset of the disaster.
|By: David Dayen Saturday July 31, 2010 11:00 am|
The whole PR strategy for BP has been to keep the oil off the shore, so people like TIME’s Michael Grunwald would bail them out with articles about how the disaster isn’t all that bad. But just because we can’t see the insides of the organisms in the food chain, that doesn’t mean their intake of oil and other chemicals isn’t devastating for the ecosystem and for the industries which rely on the marine food chain.
|By: Peterr Saturday May 29, 2010 9:00 am|
In 1989, Grigori Medvedev wrote The Truth About Chernobyl, describing both what happened to cause the 1986 nuclear accident and what can be learned from it. In watching the continuing BP oil disaster, it is clear we are receiving exactly the same lessons in the fraility and vulnerability of life, both human and marine, and the price that hubris and pride exacts. Medvedev called for forceful truthtelling to avoid glossing over what happened in Chernobyl and to learn from it, and the accident in the Gulf demands exactly the same.
|By: Ivan Oleander Thursday May 27, 2010 7:00 am|
The people here can and have lived through just about anything but losing the ability to fish, and on that note everyone in the bar ordered another round. “We have always had the water but now we have nothing.” We should all write our representatives and let them know we want BP to be held accountable for they’re actions and make sure that the businesses and communities affected by this disaster are properly compensated as well as the wildlife and coastline rehabilitated.
|By: Ivan Oleander Sunday May 23, 2010 7:00 pm|
Fishermen’s woes, a paddle trip through the bayou, and staying true to ourselves — a journey along State Highway 46 in Louisiana through St. Bernard parish, towards the Gulf of Mexico.
|By: David Dayen Sunday May 16, 2010 8:23 am|
The latest gambit by BP to plug the underwater volcano in the Gulf has “hit a snag,” according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The President has sent in a ragtag bunch of scientists, engineers and MacGruber to brainstorm the mess. It’s depressing that the long-awaited, much-anticipated Apollo Project for energy has been reduced to coming up with a way to stop a fountain of oil at the bottom of the sea. By the way, has nobody thought of my solution, to put the Pacific Garbage Patch to good use by just airlifting it over the floating oil island? Win-win!
|By: David Dayen Saturday May 1, 2010 4:00 pm|
The underwater gusher dropping 200,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico every day continues unabated, and the unprecedented nature of the incident, basically an undersea volcano spitting oil out from a mile deep, makes it impossible to predict when it will ever be mitigated.