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Dear BP, You Got Oil On My Khakis- That Is All, Love, Obama

The adventures of Obama continue and this week they included a very long press conference, all kinds of stern words in every direction and a trip to the Gulf in khakis (or are those slacks? I’m thinking maybe a lightweight bedford cotton blend? Well, for this post they’re darkly colored khakis damnit!).

Look, it may not seem important but what the president wears is a big deal. There are persons whose job it is, not only to make sure the president is fresh, dressed like a million bucks, but also to make sure his outfit conveys the message he wants to convey at any given photo op.

Obama’s handling of the massive oil spill doesn’t readily remind me of President Bush’s handling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, but his outfit does. Continue reading

Obama OKs Oil Drilling As Long As Oil Doesn’t Spill

Photo Credit: Reuters, Oil slick in Lousiana


We must … pursue domestic sources of oil and gas. Because it represents 30 percent of our oil production, the Gulf of Mexico can play an important part in securing our energy future.

But we can only pursue offshore oil drilling if we have assurances that a disaster like the BP oil spill will not happen again.” ~ President Obama, reuters.com

Our president has decided his off shore oil drilling initiatives could only go forward if oil companies ensure disasters like the April 20th BP oil spill won’t happen again.

President Obama has sharpened his tone against the oil companies as of late but this recent disaster has put his off shore drilling ideas under the spotlight. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the OK on the drilling is a concession to Republicans in order to get bipartisan support for climate change legislation.

Hopefully this sign from Mother Nature will teach President Obama not to start a debate with a concession to gain support again the way he did with the health care debate. Continue reading

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Grows


The lesson for Florida’s legislative leaders is that it’s not a matter of ‘whether’ there will be another accident or spill but ‘when,’ …

If Tuesday’s oil rig accident happened in the same exact manner, within 3 to 10 miles of our coast, it’s very likely that we’d have pictures of oil soaked coastlines splashed on front pages and televisions across the country.” ~Mark Ferrulo of Progress Florida

An oil spill caused by an explosion of the off shore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon last week off the coast of Louisiana has grown to cover 1,900 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico. Rig operator BP and the coast guard are struggling to contain the spill which is expected to reach the Gulf Coast shoreline, probably in a matter of days.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. Eleven workers out of the 126 on board are presumed dead.

Before this spill Florida governor Charlie Crist was a supporter of oil drilling off the shore of Florida. The oil tanker is spilling 42,000 gallons a day which is less than the amount the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska leaked but many who are looking at this incident are getting turned off to the fossil fuel. Continue reading

WHY IS HAITI SO POOR?

AP Photo: People hold buckets as they wait in line to fill them with water at a refugee camp in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. International aid flowing into Haiti after last week's earthquake has been struggling with logistical problems, and many people are still desperate for food and water.
AP Photo: People hold buckets as they wait in line to fill them with water at a refugee camp in Port-au-Prince, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010. International aid flowing into Haiti after last week's earthquake has been struggling with logistical problems, and many people are still desperate for food and water.

There’s been a lot of talk about the problems of Haiti as of late based on the current devastation and influx of aid the country.

I just want to put some thoughts out there on question “Why is Haiti so poor?”

In the media “Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere” is a common phrase used to punctuate reportage on Haiti.

Sadly this is sloppy journalism, ignorance about history and racism at play…perhaps even groundwork laying for aid loans and massive debts for Haiti.

Firstly when Haiti was first colonized by the French it was considered “the jewel of the crown” and the richest colony, bearing fruit for the French slave-holding rich and bourgeoisie.

So how does the “richest colony” become the “poorest country in the Western Hemisphere” a few centuries later? Continue reading

CHINESE DRYWALL IS MAKING HOMES TOXIC

In this April 8, 2009 photo, Mary Ann Schultheis displays the black dust that is covering the copper tubes in the air conditioner in the second story of her Parkland, Fla. home, while speaking about the problems that she is having with her house.
In this April 8, 2009 photo, Mary Ann Schultheis displays the black dust that is covering the copper tubes in the air conditioner in the second story of her Parkland, Fla. home, while speaking about the problems that she is having with her house.

Believe it or not some people are allergic to their homes. Bad reactions to chemicals used in the building materials is usually to blame. There is a recent wave of bad reactions to homes in the U.S. lately and homeowners are blaming drywall from China.

For some this isn’t surprising because of the toxic toys made with lead from China recently. The drywall is said to emit sulfur compounds and angry homeowners are particularly concerned about their children.

Symptoms of the homeowners living in these homes made with Chinese drywall include:

“itchy eyes and skin, difficulty breathing, persistent coughing and bloody noses as well as corrosion of electrical wiring and home appliances.” ~AP


Yael Naïm- “Toxic”

This is Yael Naïm’s cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic”. I think she captures the umm toxicity of the song and puts a focus on the lyrics and the sentiment of the lyrics by subtracting the bubble gum. Continue reading

Hurricane Katrina Victims Could Sue Over Global Warming

Hurricane Katrina victims sue global warming

Based on a ruling Friday by from the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans Hurricane Katrina victims may have standing to sue oil and coal companies for producing greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming and rising ocean temperatures, which in turn contributed to the ferocity of hurricanes.

Does that sound like a leap? Continue reading

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