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Summary | Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster: Week of October 17

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  • America Moves On From Spill, Gulf Coast Feels Abandoned
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  • Watch Crude Justice and hold BP accountable
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Tony Auth

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White House to Lift Ban on Deep-Water Drilling,  Peter Baker, New York Times | NY
Obusha surrenders again

America Moves On From Spill, Gulf Coast Feels Abandoned, Jay Reeves, Huffington Post
"Awareness has dropped. People don't really care about the people who were affected. They don't care about the fish life," said Edmonds, founder of Taking Back the Gulf.

White House squelched release of BP oil spill estimates, Renee Schoof and Margaret Talev, McClatchy Newspapers

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  • The staff paper does not assign any motive to the administration’s moves but says the underestimating of flow rates “undermined public confidence in the federal government’s response” by creating the impression the government was either incompetent or untrustworthy. The paper said that the loss of trust “fuels public fears.”
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  • BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf
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  • Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill
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Watch Crude Justice and hold BP accountable, Ed Begley, Jr., Alliance for Justice

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  • I am honored to serve as the narrator for this important film and I hope that you will join me and get involved by signing the petition,  watching Crude Justice online, or volunteering to organize a screening of the film in your city. The people we interviewed asked us to carry a message back to the rest of the country that they don’t want to be forgotten. Help us make sure that message is heard.
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  • Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill
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  • BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf
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White House to Lift Ban on Deep-Water Drilling

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Obusha surrenders again

Peter Baker, New York Times | NY

The Obama administration on Tuesday (Oct 12) plans to announce that it is lifting the moratorium on deep-water oil drilling, after putting in place new rules intended to tighten safety. President Obama imposed the moratorium after the blowout of a BP well in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20 led to the largest maritime oil spill in American history. But the White House has come under intense pressure from the industry and from regional officials and businesses that have complained about the economic impact.

Though the moratorium has been lifted, officials have said that it could be weeks or even months before drilling operations can resume, because new permits must now be granted.

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People Are Allergic to the Facts

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  • New research finds we trust experts who agree with our own opinions, suggesting that subjective feelings override scientific information.
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  • Insanity Is Deja Vu All Over Again
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  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
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Tom Jacobs, Miller-McCune.com / AlterNet

A clear consensus of opinion emerges within the scientific community on an important issue, such as climate change. But the public, and its elected leaders, remains unconvinced and unreceptive to well-founded warnings.

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With this phenomenon growing frustratingly familiar, researchers can be forgiven if they begin to feel like Rodney Dangerfields in lab coats. From their perspective, they don’t get no respect.

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Newly published research suggests that’s not entirely true: Americans do believe and trust researchers. But we focus our attention on those experts whose ideas conform with our preconceived notions. The others tend to get discounted or ignored.

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Insanity Is Deja Vu All Over Again, David Sirota, In These Times

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  • With the present so radically departing from our past, history has become a damning package of inconvenient truths.
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  • Building a Nation of Know-Nothings
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Building a Nation of Know-Nothings, Timothy Egan, New York Times | NY
It’s not just that 46 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush.

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America Moves On From Spill, Gulf Coast Feels Abandoned


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"Awareness has dropped. People don't really care about the people who were affected. They don't care about the fish life," said Edmonds, founder of Taking Back the Gulf.

Jay Reeves, Huffington Post

In this Oct. 8, 2010 photo, Chef Chris Sherrill, owner of Staycations Beach Weddings, stands outside the storefront he planned to open before the oil spill slowed business this summer, in Gulf Shores, Ala. (AP Photo/Michelle Rolls-Thomas)

About 800 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Dave Edmonds is struggling to remind people about the BP oil spill.

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There aren't many magazine covers with photos of oil-drenched birds now that BP has capped its massive gusher at the bottom of the sea. People aren't looking online for information about the historic spill like they were a few weeks ago.

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So Edmonds, who lives on the Delaware coast, has started a nonprofit organization to keep the disaster on people's minds with a website and social networking campaign.

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White House squelched release of BP oil spill estimates


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  • The staff paper does not assign any motive to the administration’s moves but says the underestimating of flow rates “undermined public confidence in the federal government’s response” by creating the impression the government was either incompetent or untrustworthy. The paper said that the loss of trust “fuels public fears.”
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  • BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf
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  • Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill
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Renee Schoof and Margaret Talev, McClatchy Newspapers

Workers clean oil residue form the rocks that form a jetty protecting a Gulfport, Mississippi, boat ramp

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Government scientists wanted to tell Americans early on how bad the BP oil spill could be, but the White House denied their request to make the worst-case scenarios public, a report by staff for the national panel investigating the spill said Wednesday (Oct 7).

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The allegation by unnamed government officials, contained in a staff working paper released Wednesday by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, is certain to fuel controversy over why the government lowballed flow rates throughout much of the spill, even as independent scientists offered vastly higher — and ultimately more accurate — estimates.

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Complete McClatchy oil spill coverage

Experts question BP's take on Gulf oil spill, Dina Cappiello, Associated Press/MSNBC

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  • BP's lead investigator acknowledged that the company's probe had limitations.
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  • Regret, apology not part of BP's oil spill report
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BP and Administration: Lies, Deceit, and Coverup in the Gulf, Stephen Lendman, The World Can't Wait

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  • This goes way beyond BP and its decades of criminal negligence. It's a regulatory problem for lack of it; a government one for no oversight, public or environmental concern; and a long-term systemic one giving business free reign to plunder and pollute without limit, then when caught call it an accident, paper it over, and repeat again because complicit government officials allow it.
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  • The Spill, The Scandal and the President
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  • BP Oil Spill Is Not a Disaster. It's a Crime.
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  • Gulf Oil Emergency Summit: Extraordinary Crisis Demands Extraordinary Response
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