Energy & Environment
I won’t presume to tell the President what he should say or do. Faced with the enormous challenges that have come to bear I doubt many of us would willing take his place. What I can do is offer a few ideas about what we can do.
As oil mucked the Gulf of Mexico and families mourned 11 dead rig workers, BP officials proclaimed that the corporation’s priority always was safety.
This tracked the tack taken by Massey Energy, whose officials also declared safety was paramount after an explosion in the corporation’s Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 workers.
With some communities along the eastern seaboard concerned that the BP oil spill could reach their waters, a bipartisan group of Atlantic Coast U.S. senators wants to coordinate preparedness between their states and federal response agencies. Senator Robert Menendez and 21 of his East Coast colleagues wrote the following letter to the heads of the relevant federal agencies:
Dear Admiral Allen, Secretary Napolitano, and Secretary Locke:
As United States Senators representing coastal states along the Atlantic seaboard, we are keeping close watch on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, not only so we can help the residents of that region, but also to assess whether the oil and chemical dispersants might affect the beaches and fisheries in our home states.
The United States is falling behind in the clean energy revolution. A comprehensive climate and energy bill can get us back on track.
In 10 years, when we look back on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, hopefully we can note that 2010 is when it all changed — when American policymakers and people finally figured it out.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) delivered the following remarks from the Senate floor Thursday at the beginning of the debate on her EPA Disapproval Resolution. The resolution failed by a vote of 47 to 53.
"Mr. President, during the Memorial Day recess we received two pieces of alarming news that should inform the work of every member of this chamber. First we learned that the national debt has surpassed $13 trillion in total. Shortly after that, we learned that nearly all jobs added in May came from temporary Census positions. The private sector created just 41,000 jobs last month — many fewer than expected, and a far cry from a pace that will allow us to dig out from the economic recession.
Some of the nation's top political commentators, legislators and intellectuals offer insight into the biggest question burning up the blogosphere today. ...
Should the federal government make direct payments to people and businesses affected by the oil spill and ask BP for repayment later?
While I am sympathetic to Senator Murkowski’s concerns, I plan to vote against her resolution because it would eliminate EPA’s ability to regulate emissions from vehicles. The government and the auto industry have agreed to set these new standards for vehicle emissions and it would be a mistake to jeopardize this historic agreement, which will reduce our dependence on oil by 1.8 billion barrels.