Oil Spill Commission Releases Report, Recommendations

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 11:45 am

The Presidential Oil Spill Commission has released their final report on the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Basically, they see the problems that manifested on the Deepwater Horizon well to be systemic, and ensuring the safety of rig workers and the US coastline depends on overhauling the industry completely.


Obama Lifts Moratorium on Offshore Drilling, Pissing Off Everyone

By: Wednesday October 13, 2010 10:30 am

I think the headline of this piece, “Greens Scoff at Drilling Plan, GOP Shrugs,” really says so much about the Obama administration.

White House Lifts Deepwater Drilling Moratorium; Landrieu Doesn’t Lift Lew Hold

By: Tuesday October 12, 2010 4:45 pm

The White House lifted its deepwater drilling moratorium today, but Mary Landrieu still won’t lift her hold on Jack Lew.

Administration Announces Offshore Drilling Rules, Stands Strong on Deepwater Moratorium

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 4:25 pm

The Interior Department moved forward today with new offshore drilling rules without moving up the end of the moratorium.

BP Report Designed to Make Partners Liable

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 9:50 am

The executive summary and the full investigation rely heavily on jargon, but they basically describe a systemic failure. However, BP cleverly sidesteps the question of well design, for which they have personal responsibility, and basically looks at the incidents on the Deepwater Horizon in a vacuum.

Another Rig Blows Up in the Gulf of Mexico

By: Thursday September 2, 2010 9:40 am

An oil rig in shallow water, about 80 miles from the Louisiana shore in Vermilion Bay, exploded today, in a scene eerily reminiscent of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

With Deepwater Moratorium Expected to End, Oil Industry Sets Their Sights on Michael Bromwich

By: Monday August 30, 2010 4:10 pm

The Republican co-chair of the oil spill commission wants an early end to the moratorium on deepwater drilling, citing the improved safeguards already put into place by the Interior Department.

BP Escrow Fund Dependent on Additional Drilling?

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 4:25 pm

BP makes their money from drilling for, and selling, oil, and so their continued viability in running that business affects whether they have the cash available to pay out the $20 escrow fund for compensation to those hit by the oil disaster. But the deal between BP and the government apparently makes that explicit, and in particular their Gulf of Mexico drilling operations; future drilling revenues are BP’s leverage to permit more exploration and drilling.

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.

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.”

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