Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Carnival sues BP and others over Gulf of Mexico oil spill-related expenses
Scientists surprised, cautious over environment's apparent post-oil spill recovery
The spill caused a dramatic reversal in the abundance of zooplankton — the tiny plants and animals that float in Gulf waters. In contrast, populations of oil-consuming bacteria soared.
Based on environmental conditions before the spill, Graham said, 2010 should have been a very productive year for zooplankton.
"I would say the concentration in the water was at least four times lower than it should have been," he said. [...]Overton noted that troubling issues remain, such as the hundreds of dead dolphins and turtles that have washed ashore this year."
Study: Gulf spill's social costs may linger for years
Mississippi barrier islands still recovering from spill
High gas prices and oily political rhetoric don't mix (CSM Editorial)
"Neither the president nor Congress have much influence over these trends. The best thing to do, then, is for the country's leaders to change America's fuel diet by encouraging less demand for oil through conservation and efficiency, and by supporting investment in nonoil fuels.
President Obama got at this when he said "there's no silver bullet that can bring down gas prices right away."
The harder truth is that high prices are likely to continue. They will actually help speed the coming and necessary transition from oil dependence, because high prices make the status quo so uncomfortable."
Letter from the President to Congressional Leadership Regarding Oil Subsidies
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
New report calls for end to all new offshore drilling
U.S. Must Safeguard Environment in Ocean Drills, Activists Urge Court
Breaking Our Oil Habit: Oceana Charts a Course to End Offshore Drilling by 2020, and Oil Imports by 2033.
Monday, April 25, 2011
BP / Deepwater Horizon Oil & Gas Disaster - What's Changed? (Skytruth)
The Spill Washington Forgot
One Year Later: Assessing the
Lasting Impact of the Gulf Spill
In the end, did huge Gulf oil spill underwhelm oil-hungry Americans?
More Questions Than Answers on Dispersants a Year After Gulf Spill
Quick Help for the Gulf
Fact-checking the Washington rhetoric on oil, drilling and energy
"In 2010, U.S. oil production reached its highest level since 2003. The United States produced about 5.5 million barrels of oil a day in 2010, according to EIA data.
U.S. oil production peaked in 1970 when the country produced 9.6 million barrels a day.
The EIA says the United States has 20.7 billion barrels of proven oil reserves as of 2009, the year with the most up-to-date data available.
U.S. proven reserves are significantly smaller than countries like Canada (178.1 billion barrels), Venezuela (99.4 billion barrels), Saudi Arabia (266.7 billion barrels), United Arab Emirates (97.8 billion barrels) and Libya (43.7 billion barrels).
Overall, based on those numbers, the United States has about 2 percent of the world's proven oil reserves.
The United States consumes massive amounts of oil. The EIA says the United States consumed 18,771,400 barrels of oil per day in 2009. That's higher than any other country in the world.
To put that number in perspective, the United State consumes more oil than Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America combined.
In total, the United States consumed 6.85 billion barrels of oil in 2009 and 6.99 billion barrels of oil in 2010. That's about one-fourth of the world's oil."
Drill baby drill won't lower gas prices
That's because the amount of extra oil that could be produced from more drilling in this country is tiny compared to what the world consumes.
Plus, any extra oil the country did produce would likely be quickly offset by a cut in OPEC production."
3-state compact for offshore energy in NC bill
Poor timing may doom offshore drilling plan in Southeast
"North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina may have something to gain when it comes to offshore drilling, but the events of 2010 remind us that they also have plenty to lose."
Solid-State Batteries -
High-energy cells for cheaper electric cars
Transparent Photovoltaic Cells Turn Windows Into Solar Panels
U.S. marks first for hydropower
Friday, April 15, 2011
House GOP Scores Early Victory in Offshore Drilling Initiative
"While the administration rejected an invitation to testify on Hastings' bills, Salazar yesterday said they collectively reflect "amnesia" of the BP spill and the difficulty industry and regulators faced containing the oil.
"Some people seem to have gotten amnesia of Deepwater Horizon and the horrific BP spill," he said. "I don't have amnesia.""
Oil severance tax plan slips into view
"Other huge oil states – Texas and Alaska, for example – have oil severance taxes. Alaska has a progressive, 25 percent oil severance tax, the largest in the country, and some two-dozen states have severance taxes on oil, gas or both.
So why not California?"
U.S. on track to meet 1 million plug-in autos goal: DOE
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Damage from BP oil spill lingers a year later
BP Spill's Next Major Phase: Wrangling Over Toll on Gulf
"Next week marks the anniversary of the beginning of the BP oil disaster. It should have been a wake-up call for the industry and the federal government. Instead, spills, leaks and explosions still happen every day.
A six month CBS News investigation found that spills of crude oil and toxic chemicals last year alone were three times the amount of the Exxon Valdez spill."