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Citizens Get It Right on Care2

SEN below reproduces and commends select comments on the thread of a Care2 Post by Just

Many of the comments below were posted by Care2 friend Robert S (who credits certain of them to Huffington’s Linda Keenan) and several by Marion, Just, Bev, Dandelion, Jelica and other Care2 friends.

There is no verbal hyperbole sufficient to express the magnitude of the environmental catastrophe now known as Deepwater Horizon. It is nothing short of an Armageddon of Oil. Assuming we even survive this one, we must immediately mobilize a crash program for truly renewable alternative energy resources.

This THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY! All those Armani wearing BP and Haliburton execs.,along with greedy, corrupt government officials who took lobby $$$$$$$ to turn a blind eye to safty, should be made to drag their sorry as*es down there and help with this catastrophy.Having said that we are accomplices in this because of our addiction to power as described in the documentary “Future Earth: Addicted to Power“. There will be many more catastrophies to come if WE do not all start living more simply, or it will be forced on us. Also a ROOT CAUSE of our planets destruction is our CULTURE OF CONSUMERISM, a news story I posted a couple of weeks ago about our out of control desire to want, want, want. “ I`d like more things please“ The next catastrophy may be aging the N.E. power grid. It is so crucial it can not be rerouted to do repairs, and men in helicopters must do repairs on live cables. Not an environmental catastrophy, but the scenario would be a catastrophe no less. If we do not start living more simply, it will be forced on us.

We are boldly going nowhere.

Maybe now folks will start riding their bikes, using their vehicles for only the most necessary trips, create a disaster preparedness plan, grow a garden, work with our communities for sustainability, get off the grid and tell the DRILL, BABY, DRILL crowd to go to hell! We only need the basics: food, water, air and shelter. All of these areas are now threatened because of greed, immorality, power and profits. It’s all B.S. Maybe now we can start getting our priorities in order.

As with so many other things there needs to be a total disaster of major porportions to get any change to come about. Well we’ll have change all right, will be years of suffering for many before this mess gets straightened out. Lots of change with lost jobs, dead animals, destroyed wetlands, polluted beaches, droughts, and who knows what else.
Until everyone “gets it” that there is a web of life around the world, that what happens in one place affects something else, which in turn affects something else.
I have so been looking forward to returning to Florida to be back among friends I had made down there, guess there will be no time for chilling out once I am there for I’ll have to hit the beaches and see if any animals can be saved. Well I hope these greedy jerks are satisfied now, they got oil alright, there will be oil everywhere one doesn’t want it.
Where are these “Drill Baby Drill” people now? Are they out there saving birds, will they offer one of those shrimp fisherman a job or help to pay their bills due to lost wages. Will we even have a shrimp industy again once this is materialized.
Now will we as a Country get serious about CLEAN energy sources? Or do we wait until there is nothing left at all on this Earth for living creatures, including ourselves.

Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) interviewed Dr. Overton, an environmental scientist at LSU. He said they really don’t know how this thing will turn out. It will be bad, he said. It could be “extremely devastating” as he put it. Hurricane season begins in June. This couldn’t have happened at a worse time. We want answers, but Dr. Overton said they are just now “trying to figure this thing out.” Overton said the oil gusher could go on for 3 to 6 months. It could also go on for 9 months. He was not encouraging.

The unrelenting drive for oil has reached the deepest regions of the Amazon rainforest – and as we write this note, the Canadian oil company Talisman Energy is beginning the drilling of exploratory wells in the ancestral homeland of the Achuar people. For decades the Achuar have opposed oil development in their lands.

BP has figured out a very low-cost way to prepare for this task: BP lies. BP prevaricates, BP fabricates and BP obfuscates. That’s because responding to a spill may be easy and simple, but not at all cheap. And BP is cheap. Deadly cheap. To contain a spill, the main thing you need is a lot of rubber, long skirts of it called a “boom.” Quickly surround a spill, leak or burst, then pump it out into skimmers, or disperse it, sink it or burn it. Simple. But there’s one thing about the rubber skirts: you’ve got to have lots of them at the ready, with crews on standby in helicopters and on containment barges ready to roll. They have to be in place round the clock, all the time, just like a fire department, even when all is operating A-O.K. Because rapid response is the key. In Alaska, that was BP’s job, as principal owner of the pipeline consortium Alyeska. It is, as well, BP’s job in the Gulf, as principal lessee of the deepwater oil concession. Before the Exxon Valdez grounding, BP’s Alyeska group claimed it had these full-time, oil spill response crews. Alyeska had hired Alaskan natives, trained them to drop from helicopters into the freezing water and set booms in case of emergency. Alyeska also certified in writing that a containment barge with equipment was within five hours sailing of any point in the Prince William Sound. Alyeska also told the state and federal government it had plenty of boom and equipment cached on Bligh Island. But it was all a lie. On that March night in 1989 when the Exxon Valdez hit Bligh Reef in the Prince William Sound, the BP group had, in fact, not a lick of boom there. And Alyeska had fired the natives who had manned the full-time response teams, replacing them with phantom crews, lists of untrained employees with no idea how to control a spill. And that containment barge at the ready was, in fact, laid up in a drydock in Cordova, locked under ice, 12 hours away.As a result, the oil from the Exxon Valdez, which could have and should have been contained around the ship, spread out in a sludge tide that wrecked 1,200 miles of shoreline.

Cementing a deep-water drilling operation is a process fraught with danger. A 2007 study by the U.S. Minerals Management Service found that cementing was the single most important factor in 18 of 39 well blowouts in the Gulf of Mexico over a 14-year period — more than equipment malfunction. Halliburton has been accused of a poor cement job in the case of a major blowout in the Timor Sea off Australia last August. An investigation is underway. According to experts cited in Friday’s Wall St. Journal, the timing of last week’s cement job in relation to the explosion — only 20 hours beforehand, and the history of cement problems in other blowouts “point to it as a possible culprit.” Robert MacKenzie, managing director of energy and natural resources at FBR Capital Markets and a former cementing engineer, told the Journal, “The initial likely cause of gas coming to the surface had something to do with the cement.” In its statement, the company said, “Halliburton originated oilfield cementing and leads the world in effective, efficient delivery of zonal isolation and engineering for the life of the well, conducting thousands of successful well cementing jobs each year.” The company, which was once headed by former Vice President Dick Cheney, has been in the media spotlight before — under under fire in recent years for its operations as a private contractor in Iraq.

Its funny, not really, that so many think that drill baby drill will help us be less dependant on oil.
ANY oil we drill/find/pump out, (at least that not released into our oceans)… goes on the world market. Not to some US stockpile used only by us. And we can never drill enough, Not even close, even if it were used only by us…U.S. So the only way we can stop being dependent on foreign oil, is to stop being dependent on oil.Those who are in power(have all the money) and those who represent them (Republicans..but some on both sides) depend on ignorance. Don’t let them. Don’t buy into the lie.

Shadow Elite: Think BP’s The Bad Guy? Think Bigger, Way Bigger. Coast Guard Captain leading hearings Wednesday: “It’s my understanding that [a blowout preventer is] designed to industry standard … manufactured by the industry, installed by the industry, with no government witnessing or oversight of the construction or installation. Is that correct?” Regional supervisor, federal regulator MMS: “That is correct…” That staggering statement of regulatory impotence was characterized this way by Sen. Bill Nelson in the Wall Street Journal: “If MMS wasn’t asleep at the wheel, it sure was letting Big Oil do most of the driving.” It is tempting to hope that Big Oil’s days in the driver’s seat are over, now that the Obama administration has ordered that the Minerals Management Service, which oversees offshore drilling, be split up, after critics said the agency was too close to the industry and had an inherent conflict of interest. Realists are highly skeptical. And in our view, it is shortsighted to focus public ire on one business and one massive, deadly disaster, even as HuffPost yesterday spoke to another whistle-blower alleging egregious practices. This story lays bare the far-reaching (and largely unnoticed) emasculation of government regulatory power, as it has succumbed to corporate agendas over the past several decades. Janines examines this, and other disturbing trends, in her book Shadow Elite.

Questions: 1) What exactly is the substance BP is currently spreading to “bind with the crude and sink it” 2) Is it biologically safe? 3) What does it cost? Who makes it? Here are some answers from the New York Times:
“So far, BP has told federal agencies that it has applied more than 400,000 gallons of a dispersant sold under the trade name Corexit and manufactured by Nalco Co., a company that was once part of Exxon Mobil Corp. and whose current leadership includes executives at both BP and Exxon.
Another 805,000 gallons of Corexit are on order, the company said, with the possibility that hundreds of thousands of more gallons may be needed if the well continues spewing oil for weeks or months.
But according to EPA data, Corexit ranks far above dispersants made by competitors in toxicity and far below them in effectiveness in handling southern Louisiana crude.
Of 18 dispersants whose use EPA has approved, 12 were found to be more effective on southern Louisiana crude than Corexit, EPA data show.”

I Just watched the attorney who is bringing the class action lawsuit against BP, Halliburton and TransOcean for the suvivors of the 11 dead men on the rig that exploded. He’s going for manslaughter charges. He said this will probably settle out of court because these corporations don’t want a trial with a jury that will hang them. The case against them is damning with the lax safety issues, no testing, no plan to stop this large a spew, failure to apply a safety feature, reporting the “spill” as much smaller than it actually is and so much more.

A comment I saw on a blog…”The connection between government and corporate corruption has never been so evident after the wall street bailouts and this oil spill disaster. People are angry at this greedy company and want action from the very people in government who helped make it happen and I am sure the politicians will respond by passing new meaningless legislation filled with loopholes protecting their corporate sponsors. The number of politicians actually working in the people’s interest is limited to a handful…”

Transocean dodges paying U.S. corporate taxes by locating its headquarters in Switzerland. By Zaid Jilani.Transocean, Ltd, the company that operates the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which recently exploded in the Gulf, is the “world’s biggest offshore drilling contractor.” The AP reports today that Transocean, after moving its headquarters from the U.S. to Zug, Switzerland, two years ago, paid a paltry 16 percent on its corporate income last year, less than half of the current American corporate income tax rate of 35 percent: In the foothills of the Swiss Alps four new steel-gray towers rise from what used to be a grassy field. One of them is home to Transocean Ltd., the world’s biggest offshore drilling contractor and owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to one of the worst oil spills in history. Low taxes prompted the decision two years ago to move to landlocked Switzerland: The company paid 16 percent tax on its $4.4 billion global operating income last year. The regular corporate income tax in the United States stands at about 35 percent.The company, once based in Delaware, shifted its head office from the Cayman Islands, where it has been since 1999, to the central Swiss canton (state) of Zug. It joined other international corporations flocking there in search of tax advantages. Only a dozen of Transocean’s employees are physically located in Zug — more than 1,300 are based in Houston, Texas. A “2005 survey by research firm BAKBASEL found Zug had the lowest effective tax burden for companies and high earners of any Swiss canton, and far below that of other European countries or the United States.” Transocean is holding its shareholder meeting in Zug today, angering some residents. “We want them to stop deepwater drilling and to clean up the damage they caused in the Gulf of Mexico,” said Rupan Sivaganesan, a Green Party member of the cantonal parliament.

Experts: BP disaster spilling the equivalent of two Exxon Valdezes a week. By Brad Johnson on May 13, 2010.Based on “sophisticated scientific analysis of seafloor video made available Wednesday,” Steve Wereley, an associate professor at Purdue University, told NPR the actual spill rate of the BP oil disaster is about 3 million gallons a day — 15 times the official guess of BP and the federal government. Another scientific expert, Eugene Chiang, a professor of astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley, calculated the rate of flow to be between 840,000 and four million gallons a day. These estimates mean that the Deepwater Horizon wreckage could have spilled about five times as much oil as the 12-million-gallon Exxon Valdez disaster, with relief only guaranteed by BP in three more months.

Alaska’s senior senator blocked legislation Thursday that would have dramatically increased liability caps on oil companies, in the wake of one of the industry’s biggest disasters. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) objected to a voice vote request by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on the bill, which would have spiked the maximum liability for oil companies after an oil spill from $75 million to $10 billion. The legislation has significant support from Democrats, and the White House has indicated it backs an increase in liability caps. Following the failure of his bill to come up for a vote, Menendez responded, “It’s straightforward, it’s common sense. Either you want to fully protect the small businesses, individuals and communities devastated by a man-made disaster — this is not a natural disaster; this is a man-made disaster — or you want to protect multibillion-dollar oil companies from being held fully accountable. Apparently there are some in the Senate who prefer to protect the oil companies.”

As I read of this disasters impact…as I behold what is, and what is likely, I thought of a meteor heading for us as we read reports and watch helplessly. Its impact is coming. Some people say that it can’t be stopped ever… or for months, and even if it stopped today, the golden bowl is broken. Chernobyl comes to mind. So, so much is and will be lost. It was beyond my ability to remain composed as I read this.

Robert ~ That last link you provided tells of a possibly horrific scenario if this hole from hell isn’t plugged up soon. I watched the news media cover this “spill” with seriousness, then move on to another story and laugh like they don’t have a care in the world. I’m deeply disturbed by what this disaster can mean for the Gulf Coast, possibly all Americans and even the world. I believe the media should be following this story like they did with 9/11 – unrelenting and giving worst case scenarios. We’re dealing with a dumbed down society of people who react strongly to the silliest of things…wrong color of lipstick, hurry home to watch Dancing with the Stars, and a fascination with celebrities. How will these people act when one day they are told our air, water and food supply has been badly compromised because of this disaster? Now is a good time to break these people in before we have another disaster to deal with – crazed citizens.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch Maddow tonight, you might check out the segments on her website. In one piece, she talks with someone about how — just last week — Obama has stopped the MMS from approving any more drilling until further notice. Guess what? Right after being told to stop, the MMS approved FIVE MORE DRILLING OPERATIONS. When confronted, the MMS spokesperson lied and said they did not do this. Yet, there it was on paper. The Bush Administration operated like the wild, wild west where laws were meant to be overlooked. These government agencies and corporations are so used to operating illegally, they can’t stop. If Obama doesn’t know how to act like a sheriff, he needs to give someone the authority to lock up any criminals who break the law like this.

Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who is an expert in the analysis of oil slicks, said he had made his own rough calculations using satellite imagery. They suggested that the leak could “easily be four or five times” the government estimate, he said. “The government has a responsibility to get good numbers,” Dr. MacDonald said. “If it’s beyond their technical capability, the whole world is ready to help them.” Scientists said that the size of the spill was directly related to the amount of damage it would do in the ocean and onshore, and that calculating it accurately was important for that reason. BP has repeatedly said that its highest priority is stopping the leak, not measuring it. “There’s just no way to measure it,” Kent Wells, a BP senior vice president, said in a recent briefing. Yet for decades, specialists have used a technique that is almost tailor-made for the problem. With undersea gear that resembles the ultrasound machines in medical offices, they measure the flow rate from hot-water vents on the ocean floor. Scientists said that such equipment could be tuned to allow for accurate measurement of oil and gas flowing from the well. Richard Camilli and Andy Bowen, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, who have routinely made such measurements, spoke extensively to BP last week, Mr. Bowen said. They were poised to fly to the gulf to conduct volume measurements. But they were contacted late in the week and told not to come, at around the time BP decided to lower a large metal container to try to capture the leak. That maneuver failed. They have not been invited again.

The full story of the Deepwater Horizon blowout is still emerging. But it’s already obvious both that BP failed to take adequate precautions, and that federal regulators made no effort to ensure that such precautions were taken. For years, the Minerals Management Service, the arm of the Interior Department that oversees drilling in the gulf, minimized the environmental risks of drilling. It failed to require a backup shutdown system that is standard in much of the rest of the world, even though its own staff declared such a system necessary. It exempted many offshore drillers from the requirement that they file plans to deal with major oil spills.And it specifically allowed BP to drill Deepwater Horizon without a detailed environmental analysis. Surely, however, none of this — except, possibly, that last exemption, granted early in the Obama administration — surprises anyone who followed the history of the Interior Department during the Bush years. For the Bush administration was, to a large degree, run by and for the extractive industries — and I’m not just talking about Dick Cheney’s energy task force. Crucially, management of Interior was turned over to lobbyists, most notably J. Steven Griles, a coal-industry lobbyist who became deputy secretary and effectively ran the department. (In 2007 Mr. Griles pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about his ties to Jack Abramoff.) Given this history, it’s not surprising that the Minerals Management Service became subservient to the oil industry — although what actually happened is almost too lurid to believe. According to reports by Interior’s inspector general, abuses at the agency went beyond undue influence: there was “a culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” — cocaine, sexual relationships with industry representatives, and more. Protecting the environment was presumably the last thing on these government employees’ minds. Now, President Obama isn’t completely innocent of blame in the current spill. As I said, BP received an environmental waiver for Deepwater Horizon after Mr. Obama took office. It’s true that he’d only been in the White House for two and half months, and the Senate wouldn’t confirm the new head of the Minerals Management Service until four months later. But the fact that the administration hadn’t yet had time to put its stamp on the agency should haveled to extra caution about giving the go-ahead to projects with possible environmental risks. And it’s worth noting that environmentalists were bitterly disappointed when Mr. Obama chose Ken Salazar as secretary of the interior. They feared that he would be too friendly to mineral and agricultural interests, that his appointment meant that there wouldn’t be a sharp break with Bush-era policies — and in this one instance at least, they seem to have been right. In any case, now is the time to make that break — and I don’t just mean by cleaning house at the Minerals Management Service. What really needs to change is our whole attitude toward government. For the troubles at Interior weren’t unique: they were part of a broader pattern that includes the failure of banking regulation and the transformation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a much-admired organization during the Clinton years, into a cruel joke. And the common theme in all these stories is the degradation of effective government by antigovernment ideology.

46 comments

  1. Sharon Balloch says:

    Thanks for making this so easy to find all these links in one place. I can not even look at the video. I am so sorry for all those living in this area, it must be heartbreaking, I can not even imagine. I pray this never happens anywhere else but not with just prayers but petitions and letters. Thank you.

  2. Marion young says:

    SEN, I appreciate having all these petitions in one place. Here’s another to add:

    Oppose efforts to expand offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling
    http://action.wilderness.org/campaign/energyref

    –SEN thanks you Marion! We’ve posted above.

  3. Jelica says:

    Thanks, Gregory. Several more…

    It’s time to get the job done on getting America cleaner and safer energy choices. The Gulf Coast oil spill is leaking 200,000 gallons of oil a day, and threatening more than 400 species of fish, birds and wildlife.
    The hidden costs of our oil dependency on America’s wildlife and wild places are no longer invisible.
    Take Action! Ask Your Senators to pass comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation now.

    With no end to BP’s oil disaster on the Gulf Coast in sight, it is clear this catastrophe will destroy whole coastal economies. Families will lose businesses. Vital wetlands, wildlife, and coastal ecosystems will be hit hard by oil pollution.
    Now is the time to draw a line in the sand. We need to support Gulf Coast families, hold BP accountable and rally support to move us off fossil fuels.
    Can you help put together a ‘Clean It Up’ event in your neighborhood? Even if you get only 5 people, greenpeace will help you.

    As the enormous oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico threatens beaches, wildlife and livelihoods, the Obama Administration has vowed to “keep a boot on the throat” of BP and hold them accountable. Meanwhile, Republican leader Rush Limbaugh has spoken for the right-wing, saying there’s no need to clean up the spill because “the ocean will take care of this on its own.”
    Stand with President Obama to hold BP accountable for this disastrous spill. Rush Limbaugh is entirely wrong: This oil will not clean itself up. Corporations must be held accountable for their actions, and the right wing must stop making excuses for environmental bad actors.
    Help President Obama Hold BP Accountable

    Tell President Obama to “Do It Right”, support the FRAC Act, and to reverse his decision on new offshore drilling!

    If ever there were a time to demand that oil companies be limited as where and how to drill, this is it!
    Oppose efforts to expand offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling

    Greenpeace: Oil spill scenario maps!

    Jelica, thank you! We will review a.s.a.p. for posting above!

  4. Ness says:

    Thanks Gregory and Suzanne…. zillions of “green stars ” sent your way, with
    massive hugs of thanks and appreciation.
    “Love your work ” passion, drive, dedication and persistance.

    Pleasure to always hear from you and ALWAYS pleased to sign, and do anything I can to help a cause!

  5. Lea Paul says:

    My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

  6. Natalie Farmington says:

    I don’t have any sites to suggest, but did want to say thank you to SEN and its wonderful friends for doing this. I’ve signed several and will return when I can to sign more!

  7. TomPier says:

    great post as usual!

  8. Jack Bliss says:

    I just want to commend SEN for fostering united action. Most orgs seem selfish by comparison, like they have the only website in the world. This Center helps every organization, and it helped me be a more effective activist. I got more done here in 15 minutes than I usually do in hours!

  9. Heather Roland says:

    I was able to sign 8 petitions in just 10 minutes! This is a great service you are providing and I see you don’t ask donations for SEN or carry any ads. Thanks!

  10. Gregory Hilbert says:

    SPECIAL RADIO BROADCAST – Thursday 5/6 Midnight Pacific Time

    Live on Coast to Coast Radio Thursday MIDNIGHT Pacific!
    David Blume will be on Coast-to-Coast radio with George Noory Thursday 5/6 at Midnight Pacific Time. Click here to listen: http://www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/upcoming

    In a special one-hour Interview David and George will talk about the negligence behind the Gulf Oil catastrophe and why BP will not be paying for sweeping it.

    Dave Blume thinks what the government is allowing to happen in the Gulf is criminal and could have been completely prevented.

    While Congress is busy doing too little too late, David Blume is busy advocating for a new program. One that helps address global clean energy needs in perpetuity using Permaculture Ethanol (not to be confused with Agri-biz Monoculture Ethanol).

    He asks that If you have seen evidence of the escaped oil on your beach, to please call the show and tell them about it.

    Click Here http://sen4earth.org/articles/2010/03/27/permaculture-ethanol/ for More About Dave Blume and Permaculture Ethanol on SEN

    SEN thanks Mark May for insuring we got Dave’s message!

  11. Sally Jay says:

    It makes me so sad at all the destruction some humans create. My heart goes out to all those innocent animals affected by the destruction and greed of some humans.

  12. Carlos Montoya says:

    El mundo entero está siendo destruido por el petróleo! Todo el mundo, por favor firme todas las peticiones! Gracias SEN para la creación de la Gulf Oil de Acción en Desastres Central para ayudarnos. Que Dios tenga piedad de nosotros si no somos capaces de usarlo! — La familia de Carlos Montoya

  13. China says:

    We hopes for USA and world

  14. Christof Ott says:

    The oil disaster is crazy because the leak is so deep. I hope BP does all it can against the spread of the oil. Nature will be destroyed for a long time.

  15. Jelica says:

    Thanks Gregory
    I signed the petitions you posted.

    Here’s what I found on The Petition Site:

    Friends of the Earth: Say NO to More of the World’s Dirtiest Oil

    Oceana: Ban New Offshore Drilling

    Care2.com: Prevent Another Oil Spill: Rethink Offshore Drilling

    Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund: Tell Obama You Oppose His Offshore Drilling Plan

    United Nations Foundation: Fight Climate Change From All Fronts

    Save Our Environment: Invest in America’s Clean Energy Future: Join the Earth Day Revolution

    EcoLogic Development Fund: Ensure the Participation of Indigenous Peoples in UN Climate Change Policies

  16. Mark May says:

    Yet another example of how permaculture ethanol production could have avoided this and every other oil spill that has ever happened.

    Henry Ford had it right in the early 1900′s when he designed his first cars to run on farm produced ethyl alcohol, a.k.a. ethanol. But J.D. Rockefeller (Standard Oil) used his tremendous wealth and influence in Washington to pull off Prohibition, eliminating ethyl alcohol as oil’s competitor.

    The secret is out. We can make our own safe, clean fuel in our own small communities using waste and plants grown on land not suitable for food crops. We can create valuable new jobs and the by-products of ethanol production include high-protein food for animals.

    I urge all to read about Permaculture Ethanol here at SEN at http://sen4earth.org/articles/2010/03/27/permaculture-ethanol/

    We don’t have to risk oil spills, and we don’t have to spill BLOOD fighting wars over oil in the Middle East.

    Thanks Greg and Suzanne for all of your tireless work.
    Mark May

  17. Daniel Mchenry says:

    THE TWO MAIN REASONS WE ARE IN SUCH AN ENVIROMENTAL MESS TODAY
    1) The decision of the United States Congress to pass the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act was based in part on testimony derived from articles in newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst, who, some authors ( see http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAhearst.htm ) stress, had significant financial interests in the forest industry, which manufactured his newsprint.
    2) Hemp paper threatened DuPont’s monopoly on the necessary chemicals for manufacturing paper from trees and hemp fiber cloth would compete with Nylon, a synthetic fibre, that was patented in 1938, the year hemp was made illegal It is often asserted in pro-cannabis publications that DuPont actively supported the criminalization of the production of hemp in the US in 1937 through private and government intermediates, and alleged that this was done to eliminate hemp as a source of fiber—one of DuPont’s biggest markets at the time. DuPont denies allegations that it influenced hemp regulation.

    3)Hemp for Victory is a black-and-white United States government film made during World War II, explaining the uses of hemp, encouraging farmers to grow as much as possible.

    THE GOVERNMENT MUST KNOW THE REAL VALUE OF USING HEMP IT HELPED SAVE THIS COUNTRY DURING WW2!!
    Click Here For More from Daniel about Hemp

  18. Mandi T says:

    This is wonderful Gregory. You are to be applauded for all your works.
    Signed, shared, and/or X posted petitions.
    We all need to learn about sustainable energy sources.
    Thank you!
    Mandi

  19. Thanks Gregory,
    Great site!!!

  20. Dandelion says:

    Thanks for putting everything in one spot for easy access. I’ll forward this around the Care2 friendship link. I really don’t call this a spill, as some are calling it, a spill happens once and what oil fell in did so and ended.
    This however is a flow, a continuous flow. Just look at the meter on this page, tells the continuous flow of more oil going into the water. The word Disaster used above, that is appropriate.

    My heart is sick over this environmental nightmare and yet I STILL hear people wanting more of the offshore drilling. What does it take to wake people up?

    Albert Einstein once said, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

  21. Sini Keto says:

    Noted and signed!

  22. Agnes Hall says:

    Thank you Gregory and Suzanne,

    Thank you for giving me the chance to speak up for ALL the innocent birds and animals which will die because of this dissaster in the Mexican Gulf. The birds were the first and obvious victims. The unseen victims so far are the turtles, whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. The turtles will suffer as they’re trying to come ashore and build a nest to lay their eggs in. Where will they go when they themselves are covered in oil and the beach where they usually lay their eggs is covered in oil?

    Who will save these animals? I am too far away and can only give my support to all the volunteers who are working hard to save the animals that come ashore covered in oil. But what about the whales and dolphins which are in this area, as we know there are some there! What will happen when they come up to the surface? They’ll certainly get coverd in oil as well. Their blow holes will be clogged. That means they won’t get the oxygen they need for the next dive and will most certainly drown!

    I’m asking the volunteers to look out for these mammals and try and catch them so that they can clean them and maybe move them to an area where there isn’t any oil for them to swim and be safe. Then they might find a way to migrate to an area which is safe for them. I just hope that the oil doesn’t get into the Gulf Stream which means the oil will be able to go as far as Britain and all the other countries which enjoy the slightly warmer waters from the Gulf Stream.

    Please keep us update. I have signed every petition and written every letter I could write and sign!

  23. Jelica says:

    Marion, about the so-called “leak”:
    Pandora’s Oil Well, by Jill Schneiderman.

    Technical jargon conceals by confusion. The immense scale of the problem surrounding the sinking of the Transocean drilling rig, Deepwater Horizon, requires that the public stay alert when confronted with slick lingo. So, I’d like to help readers understand from a geologist’s viewpoint the sad absurdity of the Gulf of Mexico situation – one that is much more than yet another “oil spill.”
    In September 2009, British Petroleum (BP) announced their discovery of the giant Tiber oilfield and crowed that drilling a 35,055 foot deep well into the earth’s crust under 4,132 feet of water made it one of the deepest wells ever achieved by their industry. Less than one year later, BP had to alert the public to an explosion and fire onboard the semisubmersible drilling rig – a unit floating above the seafloor that when flooded causes the contraption to submerge to a desired depth and produce relative stability while drilling for oil and gas in rough waters. The rig was mining oil from the Mississippi Canyon 252 well that BP owns. And on Earth Day 2010, we learned that BP had “activated an extensive oil spill response” and was working with Transocean using remotely-operated vehicles to assess the condition of the Tiber well and the “subsea blowout preventer.”
    A critical distinction here is between an oil spill and a blowout. I tried to look up the definition of “oil spill” in OilGasGlossary.com and found the following: “Sorry, but we can’t found (sic) the definition of Oil Spill in our Oil Gas Glossary.” I don’t mean to be disingenuous. I really just wanted to have confirmed my instinct that the vernacular meaning of spill, to flow from a confined space, implies a finite amount of oil. In contrast, the glossary told me that a blowout is an uncontrolled flow of oil, water, or gas from a well bored into the earth. It suggests to me a comparatively unlimited quantity of the black gold. When BP announced their discovery and termed it “giant,” they meant to convey that the Tiber oilfield contained somewhere between four billion and six billion barrels of oil; this contrasts with a “huge” oilfield usually considered to contain 250 million barrels of the stuff. Regardless of whether it’s giant or huge, this Gulf of Mexico event is more than a spill… more >>

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    Daily updated map, The New York Times: Tracking the Oil Spill
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    Oxfam: Chevron, stop the secret payments!

    Amazon Watch: Tell Talisman Energy CEO John Manzoni: Respect the Achuar people!

    Sierra Club: We Can End our Dependence on Oil and Start a Clean Energy Economy

    Sierra Club: Comment Period Open on New Tar Sands Pipeline!

    Save BioGems: Ask the state of Montana to deny Exxon’s request to build a transportation corridor through the Continental Divide.

    League of Conservation Voters: Demand the Senate Take Action On Climate and Clean Energy Legislation

    Environment New Jersey: Tell Your State Senator To Support Community Solar

    Nuclear Information and Resource Service: Tell your Senators: Oppose Dirty Energy “Climate” Bill

  24. Lenna Vancleve says:

    I have been to your site half a dozen times now, and this time I am adding it to my bookmarks :) Your pages are always relevant, unlike the same-old stuff on other sites (which are coming off my bookmarks!) Two thumbs up!

  25. Don Haltom says:

    Nice job. rss feed added

  26. Anonymous says:

    This article is the best on the web because it provides the most one can DO about it. I look forward to your future updates. Saying thanks will not be sufficient, I will grab your rss feed to stay privy to any updates. Solid work and much success in your efforts!

  27. Ron Knutson says:

    I signed a dozen, but before i go i just wanted to say I’m so disgusted with Obama’s lack of leadership I’d sign an impeachment petition if you posted one!

  28. Tricia Munson says:

    I would like to see Obama declare war on BP, order the Coast Guard commander to round up BP execs, deposit them on an oil-fouled sandspit in the midst of oil-fouled marsh, surround it with barbed wire, and leave them there. Give them a radio, a few gallons of oil dispersant, shovels, and hundreds of potato sacks. Keep machine guns trained on them from a distance. Shoot to maim if they try to escape. Periodically airdrop just enough food and fresh water to keep them alive. Release them when EPA announces the Gulf is 90% recovered, which is apt to be 20 years from now. I’m serious. If our “civilization” was in fact civilized, the foregoing would be considered merciful toward them.

  29. Jelica says:

    More petitions:

    Repower America: Tell BP: Spill the Truth!

    Friends of the Earth: President Obama, Drilling Is Not the Answer

    Rainforest Rescue: Ecuadorian Amazon: petroleum project threatens Sumaco Biosphere Reserve

    Center for Biological Diversity: Protect Our Oceans From Oil Drilling’s Invisible Threat: Acidification

    TrueMajority: No Bailout for BP

    Environmental Defense Fund: Defend on the Clean Air Act

    Environmental Defense Fund: Hold Oil Companies Accountable for their Spills

    WWF-UK: Ask Obama to halt new oil drilling in the Arctic

    CODEPINK : Protecting BP is Simply Wrong!

    WWF: Prevent an Oil Spill Disaster in America’s Arctic

    Defenders of Wildlife: Save Sea Turtles and Polar Bears from Big Oil’s Double-Barreled Threat

    Defenders of Wildlife: Help Prevent Another Drilling Disaster

    Spill the Truth: Is the Recent Gulf Oil Spill the Worst That Can Happen? No.

    Seize BP: No cap on Big Oil liability

    Environment California: BP should pay to clean it up

    National Wildlife Federation: Stop Drilling in Critical Polar Bear Habitat

    Defenders of Wildlife: Protect Alaska’s Imperiled Polar Bears from a Drilling Disaster

    Credo Action: Tell EPA: Take away BP’s billions in federal contracts

    Environment California: Stop offshore drilling

    Progressive Change: PETITION: Why is BP still in charge?

    Greenpeace: Tell Secretary Salazar to Just Say “No” to Shell’s Alaska Drilling

    Nuclear Information and Resource Service: Tell your Senators: Oppose Dirty Energy “Climate” Bill

    Care2.com: Reveal Dispersant’s Toxic Secrets

    Sierra Club: Big Oil Needs More Oversight, Not Less

    NRDC Action Fund: Tell President Obama to lead the way on clean energy legislation

    Sierra Club: Ask Your Representative to Sign the Tar Sands Letter to Secretary Clinton

    Charles Hancock: No Bailout for BP

    Defenders of Wildlife: Help Stop the Arctic Offshore Oil Disaster

    Earthjustice: It’s Time to Pause Arctic Oil Drilling!

    NRDC: Stop Shell Oil

    Pacific Environment: Grant a timeout for the Arctic

  30. Bud says:

    It’s good site, great work.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for a great post

  32. Brian T says:

    This oil disaster will go down in history as the one that ruined the Gulf of Mexico and polluted most of Florida’s beaches as well. Thank you SEN for helping us do what we can to put a stop to the madness of offshore drilling.

  33. Al Gramercy says:

    They still have not stopped the oil flow, and the containment effort is still half-assed. This disaster is destroying many lives and killing so many animals and still there are idiots saying we should resume and expand new offshore drilling!

  34. William Stall says:

    I love this website. Keep producing the hard-hittingarticles!

  35. Vic Eastwood says:

    The US government must push hard make certain British Petroleum repays businesses in addition to individuals for lost income.

  36. Nadia Olmyer says:

    I grow more shocked and dismayed every day, and I am appalled that Obama is meeting with the criminals of BP to negotiate with them. I signed several of the petitions you’ve provided (thank you SEN), but the one I hope all will sign is the Seize BP Campaign which I see you’ve given coverage to on another page.

  37. Jordan Rossi says:

    I was shocked when Big Oil’s protectors — the Republicans and the greedy puppets who do their media dirty-work (ie Palin, Beck and Limbaugh) — actually came out in support of BP!

  38. Erin Bohlig says:

    i dont understand why, as a resident of the gulf coast, our state and local governments are arguing [instead of acting]. states have the power to act, and should.

  39. Gregory Hilbert says:

    The following is from Hugh MacDougall, SEN’s Honorary Spiritual Advisor:

    Dr. Masaru Emoto’s Healing Prayer for the Gulf

    Focusing our energies in response to the Gulf oil tragedy and for healing the waters and its inhabitants -

    Yesterday at our spiritual center we read a letter from Dr. Masaru Emoto who many of you will recognize as the scientist from Japan who has done all the research and publications about the characteristics of water. Among other things, his research reveals that water physically responds to emotions.

    Right now, most of us have the predominantly angry emotion when we consider what is happening in the Gulf. And while certainly we are justified in that emotion, we may be of greater assistance to our planet and its life forms, if we sincerely, powerfully and humbly pray the prayer that Dr Emoto, himself, has proposed.

    “I send the energy of love and gratitude to the water and all the living creatures in the Gulf of Mexico and its surroundings.
    To the whales, dolphins, pelicans, fish, shellfish, plankton, coral, algae, and all living creatures . . .

    I am sorry.
    Please forgive me.
    Thank you.
    I love you. ”

    We are passing this request to people who we believe might be willing to participate in this prayer, to set an intention of love and healing that is so large, so overwhelming that we can perform a miracle in the Gulf of Mexico.

    We are not powerless. We are powerful. Our united energy, speaking this prayer daily…multiple times daily….can literally shift the balance of destruction that is happening.

    We don’t have to know how……we just have to recognize that the power of love is greater than any power active in the Universe today.

    Please join us in oft repeating this healing prayer of of Dr. Emoto’s.
    And feel free to copy and paste this to send it around the planet.
    Let’s take charge, and do our own clean up!

  40. sergae says:

    now I know it!

  41. Marjorie Baillargeon says:

    Wow! Let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself! If it does, I know where to go to get a lot done fast: SEN!

  42. Antione says:

    Thank you for all you did to help us take action in response to this disaster as it was unfolding. Seeing this again reminded me just how awful it all was!

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