Halliburton Cut Costs and Corners with Well Cement they Provided to BP

There is further evidence that corporate greed is at the root of the Gulf oil disaster.  In particular, the president’s oil spill Commission recently charged the infamous corporation Halliburton with cutting corners and costs on the cement it provided for BP’s Deepwater Horizon well.  This is the same company that has paid millions to former vice-president Dick Cheney – even during his time in office.  Halliburton’s corporate culture of corruption and cronyism can clearly be implicated in causing the worst environmental disaster that America ever experienced.  It is important that the Oil Spill Commission receive subpoena power to get to the bottom of who knew and did what and when.   This article collects the latest press coverage of this new information.  At the end is an early (May 1) article that also implicated Halliburton for it’s faulty cement.  Click below to learn more.

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Spike Lee’s Latest Katrina Epic Contains Great Insights into BP Oil Spill

This week marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which ravaged New Orleans and much of the same gulf coast that has been damaged by the BP oil gusher.    With all the media coverage, no show will have the long-term impact as Spike Lee’s HBO documentary: ‘If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise.’ I am glad to have HBO but realize many others do not.  I also want to focus this article on what the film covered about the BP Oil Disaster.  This article highlights key lessons from the film about with how corporate greed and governmental ineptitude led to the BP Oil disaster that continues to seriously threaten our communities and ecosystems.  This film will be important for urging us to action now; as well as a historical record for the future of bad luck and trouble in the Gulf. 
Click for the film’s lessons, cool pix and interviews.

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Polls Show Americans are Worried, Angry and Blame Everyone for Oil Spill

Public awareness and opinion about the BP oil spill is an important topic for shaping public policies and programs.  Since the disaster started, a number of national polls have been conducted to measure the reaction of Americans to the spill, as well as the capability and credibility of the main actors involved.  All these surveys have been done by well-known, professional firms and include just over 1000 adult respondents.  These surveys have a margin of error of just over four percent.  Over the past three decades I designed dozens of surveys like the ones reported here.

Click below to learn what American people think:

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Many Gulf Businesses and Communities Won’t Fully Recover from Oil Spill’s Impacts

The news for gulf coast residents and businesses continues to get worse, as BP’s broken oil well continues to gush.  It is now becoming clear that many communities will face unprecedented damage to their social and economic fabrics. Some of the most direct and dramatic impacts will involve lost tourism and damage to the fishing industry.  The oily gulf will also permanently damage whole ways of life and leave many area residents drifting without a life jacket. 
Click below to learn about these significant impacts.

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Oily Gulf is Legacy of Cheney’s Corrupt, Crony Capitalism

As we learn more about the causes of the BP oil spill in the gulf it becomes clear that the federal government failed in its responsibilities to oversee the safety of the gulf and the environment.  There has been a culture of corruption within the Minerals Management Service that promoted a hand’s off approach to the risky and powerful oil industry.  The origins of this lack of oversight can be laid directly at the door of former US vice president Dick Cheney.  In this BLOG post you will find some recent articles that document how Cheney abused his power and position to benefit himself and his cronies in the oil industry.
Click the link below to read all about it!!

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Obama Speech Demonstrates Capabilty and Compassion over Oily Gulf

President Obama’s recent prime time address from the Oval Office was both heralded and critiqued by a variety of journalistic pundits.    This BLOG post collects and combines several descriptions of the speech’s main points. After that you will find a wide range of commentary from highly complementary to strongly skeptical.  Click the link below to learn more about this social, economic and ecological disaster. The most important thing is for each of us to become educated, enraged and engaged over what has and continues to happen to one of the world’s most precious and precarious natural and social systems.

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