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Medea Benjamin

Cofounder, CODEPINK

May 27th, 2010

Getting Naked to Expose BP

Diane Wilson, a fourth generation shrimper from the Texas Gulf and a founder of CODEPINK, has been watching the BP spill and the botched clean-up with a mixture of dread and anger. After all, it’s her livelihood and that of her community that’s at stake. “I’ve lived all my life ... continue reading

May 27th, 2010

Exxon CEO defends offshore drilling

DALLAS -- In the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, government policymakers should not automatically "jump to conclusions" that changes in offshore drilling procedures and regulations are needed, Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson said Wednesday."There have been very effective procedures in place," he said. ... continue reading

May 27th, 2010

Scientists: Gulf spill far bigger than Valdez

COVINGTON, La. - An untested procedure to plug the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico seemed to be working, officials said Thursday, but new estimates showed the spill has already surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history.A team of scientists trying to determine how much ... continue reading

May 27th, 2010

Oil spill command cannot confirm "top kill" success

(Reuters) - The unified command tackling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cannot confirm or deny a Los Angeles Times report that BP "top kill" operation to plug its leaking well has succeeded, a spokeswoman said on Thursday. "At the moment, we can't confirm or deny anything," she ... continue reading

May 26th, 2010

Phillipe Cousteau Dives Into Oil-Polluted Waters: "It's a Nightmare"

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May 26th, 2010

U.S. to Toughen Drill Rules

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama, fighting to stay ahead of the political storm over the Gulf oil spill, is expected to announce on Thursday that the government will impose tougher safety requirements and more rigorous inspections on off-shore drilling operations. The steps come at what could be a turning point for Mr. ... continue reading

May 25th, 2010

BP still important for US despite oil spill: chairman

LONDON – BP's chairman insisted Tuesday the British energy group remained an "important company for the US" despite the devastating Gulf of Mexico oil spill, in comments to a newspaper."The US is a big and important market for BP, and BP is also a big and important company for the ... continue reading

May 25th, 2010

Cap on oil spill damages under fire

NEW YORK -- Lawmakers tore in to administration officials Tuesday, saying the law that may limit BP's liability for economic damages to $75 million needs to be changed retroactively."A year from now the TV cameras will not be there, and some fisherman will go try to get damages from BP, ... continue reading

May 24th, 2010

BP Resists EPA’s Order to Use Less Toxic Dispersant

If BP had followed the Environmental Protection Agency directive to switch to a less toxic dispersant, the company should’ve already been applying a different dispersant to the Gulf oil spill by now. Instead, over the weekend, BP told the EPA that it was going to continue to use Corexit, which, ... continue reading

May 24th, 2010

Fishermen Report Illness From BP Chemicals

LAFITTE, La. -- More and more stories about sick fishermen are beginning to surface after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.The fishermen are working out in the Gulf -- many of them all day, every day -- to clean up the spill. They said they blame their ailments ... continue reading

May 22nd, 2010

U.S. Should Shut BP Atlantis Platform, Lawmaker Says

The U.S. Interior Department should shut BP Plc’s Atlantis platform in the Gulf of Mexico pending the completion of a safety investigation which began in March, Representative Raul Grijalva said. Grijalva asked other Congressmen to sign a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, according to an e-mail from his office ... continue reading

May 21st, 2010

Oil soaks into the Louisiana bayou as BP admits leak may be heavier than first revealed

The worst fears of people in Louisiana happened Thursday as crude oil began oozing into fragile marshlands, and BP conceded for the first time that more fuel was leaking into the Gulf of Mexico than previously estimated."The day that we have all been fearing is upon us today," Louisiana Governor ... continue reading

May 19th, 2010

Astronauts see ‘scary’ oil spill from space

The dramatic flood of oil in the Gulf of Mexico is an alarming sight from space, cosmonauts and astronauts on the International Space Station said Tuesday.The huge oil slick off the Louisiana began April 20 when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by British Petroleum exploded and later sank. The ... continue reading

May 19th, 2010

Africa's oil spills are far from U.S. media glare

(Reuters) - Oil gushing from an undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico has damaged BP's reputation and share price but accidents involving other companies in less scrutinized parts of the world have avoided the media glare. Investors have knocked around $30 billion off BP's value since an explosion at ... continue reading

May 18th, 2010

Spill reinforces oil bad will for American Indians

POINTE-AU-CHIEN, La. — Like many American Indians on the bayou, Emary Billiot blames oil companies for ruining his ancestral marsh over the decades. Still, he's always been able to fish — but now even that is not a certainty. An oil spill — 5 million gallons and counting — spreading ... continue reading

May 16th, 2010

Ten-mile oil plume found beneath surface of Gulf of Mexico

Ocean scientists in the Gulf of Mexico have found giant plumes of oil coagulating at up to 1,300 metres below the surface, raising fears that the BP oil spill may be larger than had been thought and that it might create huge "dead zones".Experts from the National Institute for Undersea ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

FIRST VIDEO RELEASED: Oil Spewing from Offshore Drilling Rig 5,000 Feet Deep in the Gulf of Mexico

100511-G-0000X-001 Crater Plume GassingROBERT, La. -- Oil and gas stream from the riser of the Deepwater Horizon well May 11, 2010. This video is from the larger of two existing leaks on the riser. This leak is located approximately 460 feet from the top of the blowout preventer and rests ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

Vote on banning offshore drilling, Crist says

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist said Tuesday Floridians should vote on banning offshore oil drilling but legislative leaders accused him of trying to slide into the U.S. Senate on the BP oil spill."I think it's important that we go ahead and have a special session . . . to put ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

Dead dolphins found on Gulf Coast; oil role unclear

HORN ISLAND, Miss. — Federal wildlife officials are treating the deaths of six dolphins on the Gulf Coast as oil-related, though other factors may be to blame.Blair Mase of the National Marine Fisheries Service said Tuesday the carcasses have all been found in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama since May 2. ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

Gulf oil spill turning ‘unbelievably bad'

WASHINGTON – With a quick solution ominously uncertain, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is on track to become an unprecedented economic and environmental disaster with millions of gallons of oil destroying an ecosystem as well as a way of life. BP America said Monday that it would ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

U.S. Climate Bill Would Expand Offshore Drilling, Cut Emissions

Two U.S. senators plan to unveil legislation today that aims to expand offshore oil and natural- gas production and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent below their 2005 level by 2020. The bill by Senators John Kerry and Joseph Lieberman tries to remake the nation’s energy sector amid lawmaker ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

Wisconsin protesters rally against oil spill

MADISON (WKOW) -- Even though Madison is 900 miles from the Gulf Coast, people here are still worried about the oil spill and its effect on the country. On Tuesday, a handful of protesters - along with a former BP geologist - speak out on the issue."To my mind we have to be more ... continue reading

May 12th, 2010

Protest staged at BP gas station in Edison

EDISON, NJ — Area residents and environment activists staged a boycott of BP gas stations last week in response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf Shore region. The Edison Wetlands Association helped organize the rally outside the BP station on Route 1 south on May 5, along with ... continue reading

May 11th, 2010

Protests as US Congress opens oil spill hearing

WASHINGTON — Protesters called out "BP kills" and waved signs denouncing the British energy giant Tuesday as the US Congress opened its first hearing into the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."BP kills wildlife, BP kills people, BP kills the planet," two of the demonstrators, members of the ... continue reading

May 11th, 2010

Oil executives shift blame at Senate hearing

Three big oil and oil service companies all pointed fingers at one another for blame in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in testimony Tuesday at the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. While saying that it was too early to make a final determination of the cause of the ... continue reading

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Apr 4th
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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Mar 24th
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Watching films today, looking for the ones I'm going to pick for my film festival this summer. I (and a whole bunch of others!) have this thing we put on...

Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Tell the White House not to give up on Dr. Vivek Murthy's nomination as Surgeon General despite the ferocious opposition from the NRA: Don't give...

Mar 21st
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This criminal would never see a jail cell, nor would his cronies. In fact, they'd later be rewarded with re-election: Presidential Address on War with...

Mar 19th
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Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 www.theguardian.com Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Mar 12th
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Mar 10th
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Mar 7th
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Mar 6th
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Mar 5th
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Mar 3rd
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Mar 2nd
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