Going for “That” Green: Sierra Club Favors Corporate Donors over Grass-Roots

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 11:35 am

Sierra Club loyalists were quick to defend the club, saying that the Sierra Club is a “grassroots organization” and that the article “insults those very volunteers and every Sierra Club member who has ever volunteered to help with an environmental cause.”

There was absolutely no insult meant towards those that donate their time and money to the Sierra Club’s efforts. Quite the opposite. I respect the work that committed grassroots environmentalists do, and believe it’s important to ask if there are other organizations out there more deserving of their support. I do not believe that the Sierra Club, which has aligned itself so tightly with political and corporate interests, is providing leadership worthy of those efforts.

The Sierra Club’s alliance with elite interests has turned it into the antithesis of a “grassroots” organization.

 

BP’s Own Internal Documents Prove It Knew Its Oil Leak Estimates Were Bogus

By: Wednesday May 26, 2010 5:55 pm

In today’s Natural Resources Hearing on the BP Disaster, Ed Markey brought out proof that BP knew it was lying about the flow of oil from its disaster. He brought two BP documents showing that even when their Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles was giving low-ball estimates of 1,000 BBL/day, BP’s own internal documents showed that their best guess was 5,758 BBL/day.

NYT: MMS Still Granting Drilling Permits and NEPA Waivers Despite “Moratorium”

By: Monday May 24, 2010 6:45 am

The New York Times has been tracking the Mineral Management Service’s compliance with the moratorium on new OCS/Gulf drilling permits announced by President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar. Their finding: MMS continues to issue new drilling and related permits on activities just like those conducted by the Deepwater Horizon rig.

Drill Wherever, Drill Now: Congress’ 30-Day Deadline for Rubber-Stamping Exploration Plans

By: Friday May 21, 2010 2:21 pm

The other day, when Sheldon Whitehouse asked Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar why BP had gotten an exemption from the full-blown NEPA process from which it presumably should have been categorically excluded, Salazar referenced a 30-day deadline from Congress to approve exploration plans. Senator, there has been significant environmental review, including Environmental Impact Statements that [...]

Sen. Whitehouse Drills Salazar on BP’s Exemption from Impact Study

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 4:30 pm

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse corners the Department of Interior yesterday as to why British Petroleum had been exempted from doing an Environmental Impact Study on the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig at leasehold Mississippi Canyon 252. Although the DOI was a little defensive, it’s clear BP really gave environmental concerns little more than a passing thought.

The Looming Economic Implications in the Gulf

By: 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!

Enormous, “Shocking” Oil Plumes Underwater in the Gulf

By: Sunday May 16, 2010 6:30 am

An independent scientific effort, funded by NOAA, has discovered “shocking” amounts of oil underwater, huge plumes that range up to three miles by ten miles wide, and about 300 feet deep, within many columns of the water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Will Salazar Let BP Wait Twenty Years to Compensate Gulf Fishermen?

By: Friday May 14, 2010 11:00 am

Global Green has a video of the fishermen of Shell Beach, Louisiana, who know that the BP oil spill will probably soon put them out of business: Anthony Greco III: I’ve been fishing all my life. Robert Campo: I don’t have Type A blood, I’ve got type saltwater. My family’s been at this four generations. [...]

Administration Backtracks on Drilling; Strategy Still Baffling

By: Wednesday March 31, 2010 1:25 pm

On an oddly defensive conference call, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and White House environmental policy advisor Carol Browner tried to downplay the decision on offshore drilling as not the most important aspect of what was announced today, not as intrusive into coastal areas as suggested, and not even wholly the President’s decision, a remarkable pulling away from a policy they just advanced.

Science Still Suppressed in Obama-Salazar Interior Department

By: Sunday March 28, 2010 7:46 am

The Obama Administration recently removed protection for the desert nesting bald eagle. In a move reminiscent of the previous administration, it ignored the advice of its own scientists.

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