The OIl Spill Blues

The oil spill news and implications going forward are grim.  The mainstream media plays up the drama of personalities, blaiming BP’s CEO Tony Hayward and looking to the President and the military for a storybook rescue.  Meanwhile, watching oil-drenched birds on television is enough to blunt the desire to stay informed.

Jessica Pieklo and Marc Seltzer, in our continuing podcast conversation, are looking for explanations that describe the bigger picture — the need for sustainable environmental policies, good regulation and oversight, and political leadership.

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Tune in and share your thoughts.  This conversation is just beginning.

Our previous podcasts:

BP Gulf Oil #1 (posted at environemnt blog)

The Merits of a Kagan Nomination

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By Marc Seltzer:  Arctic Oil Drilling Suspended


Beng Kiat Low
low beng kiat7 years ago


johan l.
paul l7 years ago

Let logic prevail. As long as the oil-spill is not cleaned up, birds and sea-life will relentlessly diminish in that vast area!
I know the many good people who rescue and clean-up a bird feel better for a little while, until they start on the next bird. The problem is that the bird you clened up will again be clogged with oil as soon as it tires from flying and lands in the water!
It is a tragedy of world-shattering proportions!
That there are still people that want to persuade the American govt. to issue them with permits for off-shore drilling, is mindboggling!
Come on senate, show these people you are not completely in their pockets!

Delana Darrow
Delana Darrow7 years ago

Lets get it cleaned up ,then treat the animals and residents right,and strate sirously looking at alternetive fuals...

Kathy Javens
Kathy Javens7 years ago

lets put a cap on this that will work and work on clean up. lets stop talking and dig in a little harder. there is too much ruined and still too much at stake.

April L.
April L7 years ago

@Anne state, "The relaxing of the safety standards and the corruption of the MMS took place not only in the Bush years, both of them, but started back in the Reagan administration."

Curiously, you skipped some years here. There is a president missing from your list. If my memory serves me correctly, there was a man named Clinton in there somewhere for the duration of about, oh...EIGHT YEARS, between the two Bushes. I wonder why he seems to have escaped your list. Are you prejudiced for some reason? Is he your uncle or something? Hmmmmmmmm...

Karen J.
Karen J7 years ago

The Obama administration has failed us. Today, however, it is reported that they have asked for assistance from Canada, Mexico and European Union countries with experience in oil spills. It is tragic that they have waited so long. Many of us in south Florida have called agencies to find out how we can help in person and have been put off and told there is no place for us to help out...have all the help we need, etc. Our Senator has warned us to prepare in advance for the spill coming our way, but to date, no local organization, like Mote Marine or Save our Sea Birds has set up any type of training program. Please sign my petition on Care2 "Cut up your BP credit card.

Billie C.
Billie C7 years ago

obama is a puppet he can't act till his masters tell him too. even if they do it's all talk no action. what's he going to do tell bp to go home? they have to have them to plug the damn thing. the government doesn't have any of the stuff needed. obama has to sit and wait to see what the polls say before he can get his orders. time for a real change and he's not it.

Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Many thanks for this.

Roger H.
.7 years ago

Also it is you who need to get your information straight about the Obama administration's (not BP's) refusal for help from other countries to clean up the spill in the Gulf. The directquote form the Obama administration when offered help from 13 entities around the world about 2 weeks after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. They were the governments of Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United Nations.
The Obama administration's response was, and I quote: "..While there is no need right now that the U.S. cannot meet, the U.S. Coast Guard is assessing these offers of assistance to see if there will be something which we will need in the near future." The reason for their refusal was "The Merchant Marine Act of 1920". The White House has the authority to give a waiver to this law in times of emergency. Since the only specialized equipment available in the world that can clean up the spill in half the time the current equipment deployed in the Gulf doing cleanup is owned by companies in Belgium and the Netherlands and are forbidden from doing so by this law, it is time for the White House to give the waiver, if they are really concerned about damage from the spill and not just putting all the blame on BP. If criminal charges are brought forth, the government needs to bring charges against their own people for allowing these safety violations to continue.

Roger H.
.7 years ago

BP has contributed more money to the Obama campaign fund than to anyone else in Washington. Also, nothing changed when the Obama administration took over from what happened during the Bush and Reagan administrations on strengthening or regulating safety standards or overlooking safety violations by the government inspectors. Bp owns the Obama administration just like it owned the Bush administration. Follow the money.