FDL Book Salon Welcomes Antonia Juhasz, Black Tide: The Devastating Impact of the Gulf Oil Spill

By: Sunday May 1, 2011 1:59 pm

Antonia Juhasz’ Black Tide drills into our past, our present, and all too possibly, our future. Black Tide gives us the chance to learn from Antonia’s years of expert work on the oil industry and the industry’s effects upon us all and the planet we all depend on. This book goes far beyond history and policy – the book draws on the months Antonia spent with Gulf Coast residents living with the consequences of the oil catastrophe BP and partners brought upon them and the Gulf one year and thirteen days ago. The result is a powerful, compelling work of non-fiction that reads like a novel. But unlike a novel, Black Tide brings us into the lives of real people, and Antonia brings them to us in their own words.

 

Massive Amounts of Underwater Oil Droplets Which Organisms Eat Does Not Equal Victory in the Gulf

By: 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.

Rasmussen: Support For Offshore Drilling Reaches New Low

By: Thursday July 22, 2010 11:48 am

New data shows that support for offshore drilling has reached its lowest level ever in Rasmussen’s latest polling. Here’s how the GOP-friendly pollster** frames the latest data (emphasis mine):

With the deepwater oil leak apparently capped after three months of gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, support for both offshore oil drilling and drilling further out in deepwater remains largely unchanged. Most voters also remain concerned about the potential environmental impact of new drilling.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 56% of U.S. Voters now believe offshore oil drilling should be allowed, while 26% oppose it. One-in-five voters (19%) are undecided.

That’s down from 60% last month. Since the oil rig explosion that caused the massive oil leak, support for offshore drilling has ranged from 56% to 64%.

Predictably, Rasmussen leaves most of the useful information out of their analysis. In their polling immediately prior to the rig explosion in the Gulf, 72% of likely voters supported offshore drilling. Even with Rasmussen’s skewed likely voter model, this represents a 16% shift in just 11 weeks. The current level of support among likely voters, 56%, is the lowest ever recorded by Rasmussen for this question. Moreover, support among Democrats for offshore drilling has dropped from 54% in early April to just 29% in the latest poll. Support among Republicans remains relatively flat, down just 4%. GOP support for offshore drilling, at 82%, is actually up 8% from its low point in late May.

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.

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.

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.

BP Hiding Workers’ Blood Panels?

By: Friday July 9, 2010 4:40 pm

“BP has either been blocking blood panels or they have been taking blood panels and not letting really anyone see what the blood panel works look like.”

— Riki Ott the marine biologist and author of Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill on Virtually Speaking July 8, 2010.

Report from the Gulf: Tar Balls in Alabama

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 6:45 am

I received several emails from FDL diarist Marta Evry, who’s making her way from Pensacola, Florida to New Orleans as we speak. She took some photos along the drive. Commentary and photos below are hers. – MW

Gulf Coast Americans: At the End of Our Ropes

By: Monday May 31, 2010 6:00 am

Unless you’ve spent some time down here on the Gulf Coast, you’re unlikely to really understand the people that live down here. Hard scrabble is a way of life. Historically, we’ve had systemic attacks on our people, our culture and our environment. The hostility runs pretty deep down here because the history of maltreatment runs pretty deep. There are several historical events that you really need to understand to understand the people of Southeastern Louisiana and the surrounding areas

Trying to Help, Hearing Nothing: A Gulf Coast Diary

By: Saturday May 29, 2010 7:45 am

Being here is a constantly evolving experience. I have learned a decent bit more about fishing than I ever thought I would care to, but the most interesting things I have learned are about how the media operate. Everyone has heard of reporters taking creative license when editing, bending the real story to fit their agendas.

What’s most shocking is just how easy it is to do.

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