Archive | June, 2010

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Fossil Fuel Fiascos-in-Waiting

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24. June 2010

Fossil Fuel Fiascos-in-Waiting

6-24-10 by dugan   BP is touting restoral of its robot-damaged "cap" (which looks like a giant hat for the Tin Man) to corral a large fraction of the company’s Gulf oil spill, but is staying as silent as possible about its other big engineering feat–a gravel island it built off the Alaskan coast for [...]

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Big Oil’s New Ballot War

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23. June 2010

Big Oil’s New Ballot War

06-23-10 by dugan   Californians are getting sick to death of corporate-sponsored ballot initiatives. And they’re catching on to who’s behind the slogans, voting down two deceptively marketed initiatives on the June ballot  that were wholly owned by a power company and an auto insurance company. But here it comes again. A ballot initiative mostly [...]

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Chevron’s Protection Racket

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23. June 2010

Chevron’s Protection Racket

06-23-10 by dugan   The latest round of state political contribution reports show that Chevron has given another  $250,000 to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s huge political slush fund, the "California Dream Team." That makes a total of more than $1.25 million straight from Chevron to Schwarzenegger. The governor can’t run again, and there are no [...]

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Supporting Oilworkers’ Families

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23. June 2010

Supporting Oilworkers’ Families

Consumer Watchdog Joins Group of Advocates in Letter to Rep. Conyers to Assist Families of Deceased Oil Rig Workers 06-23-10 by Khan Consumer Watchdog has joined groups promoting justice and consumer advocates in a letter to Rep. John Conyers (MI) expressing support for a bill introduced in the House that would help families recoup non-economic [...]

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Final Thoughts

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17. June 2010

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts by Khan BP will have to evaluate long and hard as to whether Hayward’s strategy today–be evasive as possible for seemingly legal reasons–was worth the public excoriation that is starting to pile on. Hayward declined to answer most questions about what went wrong, citing a reluctance to speculate amidst "ongoing investigations". And when [...]

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Hayward: “not fail safe”

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17. June 2010

Hayward: “not fail safe”

Hayward: "Blow out preventers…across the world…not fail safe" Liveblog by Khan Hayward tells Rep. Barton that he thinks one of the biggest industry lessons going forward will be to make sure the blow out preventers on these wells are actually "fail safe". Right now, he admits, blow out preventers around the world, not just for [...]

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Mocking Barton Website Is Up

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17. June 2010

Mocking Barton Website Is Up

Mocking Barton Website Is Up Liveblog by Khan Thanks to the NYT for this tip, a website mocking Joe Barton’s performance this morning: http://joebartonwouldliketoapologize.com/

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Hayward: ‘No reckless behavior’

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17. June 2010

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Hayward: ‘No reckless behavior’

Hayward: "No evidence of reckless behavior" by Khan In response to Rep. Stearns’ (FL) question about whether people were suffering in the Gulf due to BP’s reckless behavior, Hayward responds: "There was no evidence of reckless behavior." Of course, admitting recklessness would exponentially raise BP’s liability in the spill. But he should at least have [...]

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Barton’s Non-Apology

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17. June 2010

Barton’s Non-Apology

    Rep. Barton says some may have "misconstrued" his accusation of a White House "shakedown" and "national tragedy." by Khan Rep. Barton (TX) just took a moment to clear up his "shakedown" comment. Saying he thought BP should be held fully responsible, and should be forced to "make good" on its liabilities, Barton hopes [...]

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Pulling the Camera Back

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17. June 2010

Pulling the Camera Back

A SCOTUS hearing? by Khan The hearing so far is coming to resemble a Supreme Court confirmation hearing– When asked for judgment & opinion on specific matters of the Macondo well’s construction (read: when asked about a specific case), Hayward responds that he is "not prepared to speculate" until the ongoing investigations are completed (read: [...]

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Hayward’s Raging Ignorance

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17. June 2010

Hayward’s Raging Ignorance

Rep. Dugette’s Futile Questions Liveblog by Khan Rep. DeGette from CO is grilling Hayward on these documents, cited in letters from Waxman & Stupak, giving detailed technical information and likely questions on BP’s well, its safety and its operations, that were sent to Hayward on Monday.  Hayward says he hadn’t seen any of them before. [...]

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Not Catching the Drift

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17. June 2010

Not Catching the Drift

Not Catching the Drift Liveblog by Khan It doesn’t seem like committee members had a chance to reflect during the one hour recess. Questions from members after returning from their votes seem to be in the same vein as from before the recess, drawing the same, evasive answers from Hayward. Markey denounces Hayward for "equivocation" [...]

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Burgess: ‘Scaring me now’

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17. June 2010

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Burgess: ‘Scaring me now’

Hayward’s ‘scary’ testimony Liveblog by Khan In response to Rep. Burgess’ questions concerning the specific nature of the Macondo well, Hayward continues to assert that he does not have specific information, demonstrating an embarassing [or legally clever] lack of technical knowledge. Burgess then asks about the mechanics of BP’s other wells in the Gulf of [...]

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