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  • Gulf Currents Primed Bacteria to Degrade Oil Spill

    05/24/2011 7:18:54 AM PDT · by JmyBryan · 5 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 23, 2011 | Unattributed
    A new computer model of the Gulf of Mexico in the period after the 2010 oil spill provides insights into how underwater currents may have primed marine microorganisms to degrade the oil. "It is called dynamic auto-inoculation. Parcels of water move over the ruptured well, picking up hydrocarbons. When these parcels come back around and cross back over the well, the bacteria have already been activated, are more abundant than before, and degrade hydrocarbons far more quickly," says David Valentine of the University of California, Santa Barbara, ... Valentine has been studying microbial communities and the fate of chemicals 4000...
  • EDITORIAL: Gas prices and the Gulf oil spill

    04/19/2011 4:40:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 19, 2011 | Editorial
    One year later, Obama’s energy plan is ‘Brazil or bust’Today, on the one-year anniversary, Americans don’t have to travel to the Gulf to witness the lingering effect of the the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It’s right there in the numbers on their gas receipts every time they fill up at the pump. As hurtful as the disaster has been to the economic fortunes of the Gulf region, the impact of the Obama administration’s response to the spill has been far worse on the nation’s economy. On April 20, 2010, the day of the tragic oil-rig blowout that killed 11...
  • Bacteria devoured methane gas from gulf oil spill, scientists say

    01/07/2011 2:20:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2011 | Brian Vastag
    Last August, just two days into a research cruise to study methane gas spewed into the Gulf of Mexico by the Deepwater Horizon gusher, Texas A&M University oceanographer John Kessler turned to one of his colleagues and said, "Well, it looks like it might be gone. What do you think?" The huge wallop of methane burped up from deep inside the earth was, in fact, missing. Kessler and his colleagues now report in Science that a huge swarm of gas-gobbling bacteria swelled to consume nearly all of the estimated 200,000 tons of methane dumped into the gulf. ..... Besides providing...
  • Coast Guard: Little seafloor oil from Gulf spill (not finding any recoverable amounts of oil)

    12/17/2010 12:56:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1+ views
    NEW ORLEANS, (AP) -- The Coast Guard admiral overseeing cleanup of the BP oil spill says extensive sampling of the Gulf of Mexico seafloor has found oil in quantities too small to merit collection. The Coast Guard's findings — to be released in a report Friday — are in contrast to reports from independent scientists who say oil has extensively damaged the seafloor. "We are not finding any recoverable amounts of oil," Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft told The Associated Press. "We are finding traces of oil."
  • Obama's lying energy czar must go

    11/15/2010 3:08:59 AM PST · by Scanian · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 14, 2010 | Michelle Malkin
    Energy czar Carol Browner needs to go the way of disgraced green-jobs czar Van Jones: under the bus and stripped of her unbridled power to destroy jobs and lives in the name of saving the planet. ASAP. One of the Beltway's most entrenched and unaccountable left-wing radicals, Browner has now been called out twice by President Obama's own federal BP oil-spill commission and Interior Department inspector general. How many strikes should she get? Pushing the question should be a top priority of the new House GOP majority. Not least of all because Washington insiders are still buzzing about possible White...
  • IG report shows Obama WH rewrote Gulf spill report to support moratorium

    11/10/2010 7:12:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/10/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    When the Obama White House announced its moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP-Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in April, the administration insisted that they followed the recommendations of its panel of experts. This story blew up when the panel of experts insisted that they had not recommended any kind of blanket moratorium, and that one simply wasn’t necessary to address the deficiencies at MMS that contributed to the catastrophic fire and spill. A new report from the Inspector General probing the White House response accuses the administration of rewriting key sections of the report in order to...
  • Seaswarm Robots Could Clean Gulf Oil Spill in a Month

    09/06/2010 2:28:00 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | August 30, 2010 | Conan Miller
    Seaswarm, an autonomous, solar-powered skimmer, may be the answer to less expensive and more efficient methods for cleaning up future oil spills. The robot prototype promises to absorb 20 times its weight in oil. Created by researchers at MIT’s Senseable City Lab, Seaswarm employs a conveyor belt of absorbent, nanowire mesh. The specially deigned mesh can suck up oil on the water’s surface and then process and dispose of the oil it’s collected. The Seaswarm can continue to absorb more of the spill while the robot autonomously navigates and cleans the ocean for weeks on end. Researchers claim that 5,000...
  • BP Gulf Oil Spill:Did Firefighters Help Sink the Deepwater Horizon Rig?

    07/28/2010 5:15:25 PM PDT · by penelopesire · 51 replies · 3+ views
    ABC News The Blotter ^ | July 28, 2010 | Brain Ross
    "In the chaotic aftermath of the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a poorly orchestrated effort to knock down the towering blaze may have inadvertently led to the sinking of the platform, according to interviews and documents obtained by the Center for Public Integrity and shared with ABC News. As part of an ongoing government investigation, Coast Guard officials are trying to reconstruct the initial response to the rig explosion that unleashed one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history. One concern surrounds the use of briny seawater instead of fire-retardant foam to drench the rig. The Coast...
  • Cap and Tax will rise again

    07/23/2010 2:40:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | July 23, 2010 | Anthony Kang
    Like green manna from heaven, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill may give Democrats yet new fodder to push cap-and-trade -- legislation setting a national limit to carbon emissions and giving the federal government the authority to parcel out "carbon credits." Never mind that the climate has absolutely no connection to the spill, or even help mitigate future possibilities of disaster, but that's not the point - there'd be few things more shocking than if Team Obama didn't somehow exploit a "good crisis." So what is the point? Well to understand, one must first understand progressives: while most people view...
  • BP starts testing on leaky well cap

    07/15/2010 2:55:14 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 14, 2010 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS — BP allayed last-minute government fears of making the disaster worse and began testing the new, tighter-fitting cap Wednesday that could finally choke off the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration's point man on the disaster, said the government gave the go-ahead after carefully reviewing the risks. "What we didn't want to do is compound that problem by making an irreversible mistake," he said at the end of a 24-hour roller-coaster of hopes raised, hopes dashed and hopes raised again along the Gulf Coast. The cap - a...
  • Gulf oil spill threatens birds migrating south from Montana

    07/04/2010 2:34:00 PM PDT · by little jeremiah · 9 replies
    the Missoulian ^ | ROB CHANEY
    American white pelicans, blue-winged teal and long-billed curlews are enjoying the Montana summer, but their wintering grounds are threatened by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Wildlife managers on the Gulf Coast are already scrambling to prepare for the arrival of millions of birds that will start leaving their northern breeding grounds as early as this month. They include Montana species like the piping plover and sandpipers, followed by scaups and blue-winged teal in August. Since the undersea well blew out April 22, 130 miles southeast of New Orleans, oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico at between 35,000...
  • 'They're Not Cleaning it Up They're Covering it Up' - Citizens Respond & Report Gulf Atrocity

    06/27/2010 5:46:29 PM PDT · by unspun · 66 replies
    Renew America ^ | Arlen Williams
    U.S. Citizens must do for ourselves, while we are being mushroom managed by the Obama administration and their accomplices in globalist mega-racketeering (Link-1 Link2). This is especially essential at the Gulf. Here are two important examples on video, of citizens at work. The first reports what may be very serious contamination of the waters, as far eastward as Florida. 6/24 video, Brietbart TV: "Surf at Pensacola Beach Bubbling like Acid" "As far as EPA, OSHA, NOAA, BP, and the 'Federal' Government... every one of them is in collaboration with each other. That comes from someone at the top of NOAA."...
  • Mitt Romney attacks Obama's leadership on Oil Spill

    06/25/2010 9:22:43 AM PDT · by Comrade Brother Abu Bubba · 30 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 10, 2010 | Mitt Romney
    Mitt Romney attacks Obama's leadership on Oil Spill Has it come to this again? The president is meeting with his oil spill experts, he crudely tells us, so that he knows "whose @ss to kick." We have become accustomed to his management style — target a scapegoat, assign blame and go on the attack. To win health care legislation, he vilified insurance executives; to escape bankruptcy law for General Motors, he demonized senior lenders; to take the focus from the excesses of government, he castigated business meetings in Las Vegas; and to deflect responsibility for the deepening and lengthening downturn,...
  • An American Chernobyl?

    06/24/2010 3:18:37 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 24, 2010 | Jim Mahoney
    The calamity in the Gulf has the markings of the disaster that led to the demise of the Soviet Union. Our federal government led by our god-like president, an omnipotent structure in the starry eyes of many, shows itself to be an incompetent, uncoordinated monster, capable only of interfering with productive efforts to salvage our coastlines and livelihoods. The once-Olympian Obama is reduced to a sniveling nebbish bemoaning his inability to suck it all up with a straw. The whole spectacle is too familiar to anyone who's ever tried to develop a productive enterprise. Such people see the same bureaucratic...
  • Judge rules against six month drilling ban, White House to appeal

    06/23/2010 3:09:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 22, 2010 | POST WIRE SERVICES
    NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill. Several companies that ferry people and supplies and provide other services to offshore drilling rigs had asked U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans to overturn the moratorium. President Barack Obama's administration has halted the approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling at 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf. Feldman says in his ruling that the Interior Department failed to provide adequate reasoning for the...
  • Part-owner of blown-out well calls BP 'reckless' (rats & sinking ships)

    06/19/2010 12:36:10 AM PDT · by mainsail that · 19 replies · 523+ views
    MSNBC ^ | /20/2010 | MSNBC
    Anadarko Petroleum Corp., which owns a quarter of BP's blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, on Friday blasted BP for "reckless decisions and actions" that it said led to the well's explosion. Joining in the torrent of criticism of the British oil giant as it seeks to escape the huge financial liability, Anadarko said that BP's behavior before the blowout likely represented "gross negligence or willful misconduct." "We will be looking at our contractual remedies based on the information that we have already received about the behaviors and practices on the well in the finishing days," Anadarko Chief...
  • Cousteau Says Technology Can Clean Gulf Oil Now

    06/18/2010 12:29:22 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 27 replies · 936+ views
    CNBC ^ | June 17, 2010 | CNBC
    Machines that separate oil from water—even allowing the oil to be refined later—can be on-site in the Gulf of Mexico within days, Jean-Michel Cousteau, president and founder of the Ocean Futures Society, told CBNC Thursday. Cousteau, who is backing the use of the machines, or units, is on the advisory board of Ecosphere Technologies, which makes them. Cousteau, the son of legendary sea explorer and ecologist, Jacques Cousteau, said there are 24 to 26 units that are ready to go and in the region. The units are mobile water treatment plants, which use a nonchemical oxidation process, Michael Vinick, chairman...
  • For Criticizing Obama, Barnicle 'Castrated' By Mika

    06/16/2010 6:28:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 1,500+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Guess Mike could always get a gig with the Vienna Boys Choir . . . If MSNBC libs like Olbermann and Matthews were surprisingly critical of Pres. Obama's speech last night, PBO can apparently count on one defender at the network: Mika Brzezinski. So fiercely did Brzezinski go after Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe today for his criticism of the speech, that the panel agreed poor Mike had been "emasculated." Joe Scarborough took it a graphic step further, saying Mika had "castrated" the former Boston Globe columnist. View video here.
  • Thanks for Reading My Blog Mr. President

    06/15/2010 8:10:55 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 2 replies · 124+ views
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 6/15/10 | alaphiah
    On May 27, 2010 I posted that the Gulf Oil spill was president Soetoro’s 9/11. Well apparently, the president agrees with me because on June 13, 2010 the Politico reported that the President believes that the Gulf Oil Spill is his 9/11. (see article) Now I have no proof that the president actually read my blog…maybe he was briefed on it. (Lol) But it goes to show while all the other Bloggers and Media were in their echo chamber comparing the Gulf Oil spill with hurricane Katrina, your favorite blogger was the only one that had the insight to recognize...
  • Another Stumble in the Gulf (Obama lies)

    06/13/2010 1:04:09 AM PDT · by XHogPilot · 50 replies · 2,467+ views
    Powerline Blog ^ | June 11, 2010 | John
    The administration has decreed a six-month moratorium on exploratory drilling in the Gulf, based on a report that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wrote for President Obama. Salazar claimed that a panel of seven experts selected by the National Academy of Engineering had peer reviewed his report. It turns out, though, that the seven experts never saw the recommendation for a moratorium, and in fact oppose it:The seven experts who advised President Obama on how to deal with offshore drilling safety after the Deepwater Horizon explosion are accusing his administration of misrepresenting their views to make it appear that they supported...
  • Shelved Oil Spill Cleanup Invention Could Have Helped In Gulf

    06/10/2010 11:43:46 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 17 replies · 741+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | May 28, 2010 | James Ottar Grundvig
    The U.S. Coast Guard has complained that there is not enough plastic tubing in the United States to construct the booms needed to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. And neither BP, the Coast Guard, nor any other part of the U.S. government seems to understand how to effectively clean up the fouled Gulf. A technology that could effectively and actively remove oil from the surface of the ocean in all weather conditions would be a huge advance for the efforts going on in the Gulf right now. In fact, such a technology was designed and tested in the...
  • BP debt to be rated as junk? Bond and derivatives market say yes.

    06/10/2010 9:21:46 AM PDT · by mojito · 6 replies · 76+ views
    ZeroHedge ^ | 6/10/2010 | Cheeky Bas*%$#
    Some interesting tidbits coming from the credit markets about BP longterm debt prospects. [...] The cost to protect $10 million of BP debt for a year with credit-default swaps almost doubled to $512,000, according to CMA DataVision. It was $29,000 on April 30.
  • Bottom of the barrel: BP value sinks $17B yesterday

    06/10/2010 3:26:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 38 replies · 121+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 10, 2010 | PAUL THARP
    BP is gushing money faster than its out-of-control well is spewing oil - its stock value dropped an astounding $17 billion yesterday as it faced the prospect of going under water. When BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling rig exploded in a fireball on April 20, its stock sold for $60.48 a share. It closed yesterday at $29.20. That's a mind-numbing $100 billion loss to shareholders in only six weeks. Investors stampeded away from the stock yesterday, with more than five times the usual number of shares trading. When the smoke cleared, BP was down 16 percent, or $5.48, its lowest...
  • Butt Stops Here

    06/08/2010 4:45:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 194+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Leadership: The president says he went to the Gulf to find out whose derriere to kick. After he gets his foot out of his own mouth, perhaps he can talk to us about that Coast Guard memo. Scapegoating has become a hallmark of this administration. Certainly BP was responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of Deepwater Horizon. But after an accident in federal waters the federal government, which has a plan to save the entire planet from greenhouse gases, had no plan to save the Gulf from a single gushing well, with the possible exception of finger-pointing. In this...
  • How to Fix the Gulf Oil Spill

    06/07/2010 7:56:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies · 43+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/6/2010 | Cap Con
    The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history as it closes in on its 50th day. The British Petroleum oil company has been attempting to stop the spill since it started April 20 after a well blowout. What should the federal government response be? A sampling of opinions from a free-market perspective...
  • Why BP will be the next bailout

    06/07/2010 3:54:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 20 replies · 34+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 6, 2010 | Nicole Gelinas
    For all the administration's tough talk on the oil gusher in the Gulf of Mex ico, the signs are already there that this crisis will actually play out like the financial crisis -- complete with BP's being declared "too big to fail." Once again, politics and posturing will govern the response to catastrophe -- at the expense of both free-market discipline and the rule of law -- creating a bigger disaster for the economy and the environment. Oil and credit both grease the real economy. But the economy won't work right if oil or credit is too expensive -- or...
  • A. Huffington Says Gulf Oil Spill is “1000-Percent Bush-Cheney’s Fault”; Liz Cheney Responds – Video

    06/06/2010 11:55:22 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 40 replies · 1,229+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | June 6, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Arianna Huffington blaming the Gulf Oil Spill on George W. Bush and Dick Cheney! Huffington said, “It is absolutely, a 1000-percent, Bush-Cheney’s fault . . . ” Liz Cheney was on the same panel and immediately respond by saying that was absolutely not true: The left, you are going to try — for years, you have been demonizing Bush and Cheney and I am sure you will continue to demonize them for years going forward. But we have got now a catastrophe in the Gulf coast, a catastrophe that happened under this administration’s watch, which this...
  • Big Government's Katrina

    06/05/2010 3:54:50 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 291+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | June 05, 2010 | Christopher Chantrill
    The mess in the Gulf of Mexico is not just Obama's Katrina. It is Big Government's Katrina. Thank goodness it happened on the Democrats' watch. When George W. Bush was president, the lackadaisical performance of the federal government could be set down to Republican disinterest in governance. Republicans don't care about people, either, so you'd expect that they would leave a bunch of African-Americans mouldering in the Superdome for days. But when a Democratic president dilly-dallies around as evil crude oil is gushing into the pristine environment, well, then it's time for intelligent and educated Americans to take another look....
  • Environmentalists Also To Blame For Exxon Valdez And Gulf Spills (Duh)

    06/01/2010 5:02:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies · 686+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 1, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Energy Policy: To save the environment, a senator from Pennsylvania wants to shut off a major source of natural gas. Weren't the roads to the Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon disasters paved with equally good intentions? Environmentalism did not cause the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, but it did help make it possible, just as 1989's Exxon Valdez disaster, which the Gulf Oil spill has now eclipsed, was also ironically made possible by a desire to protect the environment. The original plan when oil was discovered at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska's North Slope was to build a pipeline directly to the...
  • Deepwater Horizon Will Be Bigger Than Three-Mile Island, And We Felt That For Three Decades

    05/31/2010 3:28:34 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 852+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 5-31-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    David Kotok: Deepwater Horizon Will Be Bigger Than Three-Mile Island, And We Felt That For Three Decades Joe Weisenthal May 31, 2010, 4:42 PM Image: Sean Gardner/Greenpeace David Kotok of Cumberland Advisors is back with the latest in his must-read and sobering series dubbed Oil-Slickonomics. This time, rather than focusing on the immediate economic impacts of the disaster, he looks ahead to what it means for the industry. The oil and gas industry in the GOM has permanently changed because of this event. One can relate this to Three Mile Island (TMI) and its profound impact on the nuclear power...
  • Fail! Top kill can't stop BP's devil

    05/30/2010 3:50:11 AM PDT · by Scanian · 36 replies · 1,109+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 30, 2010 | LUKAS I. ALPERT
    On to Plan Z. Efforts to stop the massive oil leak beneath the Gulf of Mexico were stymied once again yesterday after the much-hoped-for "Top Kill" fix failed -- sending officials scrambling back to the drawing board. "This scares everybody, the fact that we can't make this well stop flowing," BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles said on the 40th day of the leak that has already spilled as much as 40 million gallons of oil into the Gulf. The combined "Top Kill" and "Junk Shot" effort -- which involved pumping heavy drilling mud and debris like golf balls and...
  • Mika: 'I'm A Democrat'

    05/27/2010 4:26:15 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies · 1,141+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On the one hand, you might say it was the least surprising coming-out since Ricky Martin announced he was gay. On the other, it was refreshing to hear Mika Brzezinski say words we knew to be true but at least in my case had never heard her unequivocally pronounce before: "I'm a Democrat." Mika made her declaration in the context of arguing that just because she's a Democrat doesn't mean she shouldn't ask tough questions about the Sestak job-offer allegations or Pres. Obama's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Mika also took a surprising shot at...
  • How Warren Buffett May Profit From the Gulf Oil Spill

    05/26/2010 2:34:14 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 9 replies · 453+ views
    BNET ^ | 5/12/10 | Kirsten Korosec
    Two years ago billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s company Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) snapped up 8.7 million shares of Nalco Holding (NLC), a move that some speculated, at the time, was a bet on water filtration. Berkshire Hathaway’s 6 percent ownership of Nalco (9 million shares as of Dec. 31, 2009) turns out to be a play in the business of oil spills as well.
  • Obama Turns Up Heat On BP To Halt Spill

    05/02/2010 9:51:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies · 1,070+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | May 02nd 2010 | Roland Gribben
    Obama Turns Up Heat On BP To Halt Spill BP came under even greater pressure from the US administration on Sunday to step up efforts to control the Gulf of Mexico environmental disaster amid warnings that oil flowing from a ruptured well could reach 100,000 barrels or 4.2m gallons a day. Roland Gribben 02 May 2010 The oil rig 'Deepwater Horizon' catches fire, Port of Venice, Gulf of Mexico Ken Salazar, US interior secretary, led the critical chorus, declaring: "Our job basically is to keep the boot on the neck of [BP] to carry out the responsibilities they have both...