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Our Fix-It Faith and the Oil Spill

“Americans have a lot of faith that over the long run technology will solve everything, a sense that somehow we’re going to find a way to fix it,” said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.

Tar sands oil extraction spreading rapidly, report warns.

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BP is developing tar sands in Alberta and also in Venezuela, the world’s second largest reserves after Canada, where it is active on the Petromonagas block and is also considering the Ayacucho 2 block.

After fix fail, a dispiriting summer of oil, anger.

There is still a hole in the Earth, crude oil is still spewing from it and there is still, excruciatingly, no end in sight.

Gravel beaches trapping oil from 1989 Exxon spill

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An engineering professor has figured out why oil remains trapped along miles of gravel beaches more than 20 years after the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Prince William Sound.

Gulf leak eclipses Exxon Valdez as worst US spill

As BP labored for a second day Thursday to choke off the leak at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, dire new government estimates showed the disaster has easily eclipsed the Exxon Valdez as the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

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It’s interesting how many people have swallowed the BP public relations’ bait to call the explosion from Deepwater Horizon oil rig the Gulf oil spill. We need to call it what it is: the BP oil spill.


How BP’s ‘top kill’ procedure (might) work

BP’s next attempt to stop the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico will involve a maneuver called “top kill,” in which heavy drilling fluid is to be pumped into the head of the leaking well at the seafloor.

White House: Undoubtedly Worst Oil Spill in U.S. History

Oceanographer Philippe Cousteau Jr. went diving in the Gulf of Mexico and got a firsthand look at the toxic soup of oil and chemical dispersant that formed large underwater plumes as deep as 25 feet.
“[It is] just this cloud of granular oil,” “And you can see it dispersing deeper and deeper into the water column. ”

BP Prepares for ‘Top Kill’ Procedure to Contain Spill

With frustration growing in the Gulf region over BP’s inability to contain the oil spill, the company on Tuesday morning outlined its next plan for stopping the underwater leak.

How High Will Seas Rise? Get Ready for Seven Feet

As governments, businesses, and homeowners plan for the future, they should assume that the world’s oceans will rise by at least two meters, roughly seven feet, this century. But far too few agencies or individuals are preparing for the inevitable increase in sea level that will take place as polar ice sheets melt.

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