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Gulf oil spill disappearing at astonishing rate

Oil in gulf is degrading, becoming harder to find, NOAA head says
July 27, 2010 by Marc Kaufman

On the Surface, Gulf Oil Spill Is Vanishing Fast; Concerns Stay
July 27, 2010 by JUSTIN GILLIS and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

Gulf spill has not fouled most beaches but hurts tourism
July 28, 2010 by Wendy Koch

Time Mag Shocker: Rush Limbaugh Might Have Been Right About Oil Spill
July 29, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

Time magazine reported Thursday that Rush Limbaugh might have been right about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico not being the environmental disaster that everyone warned.

In an article surprisingly titled, “The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?”, author Michael Grunwald first insulted the conservative talk radio host:

The obnoxious anti-environmentalist Rush Limbaugh has been a rare voice arguing that the spill – he calls it “the leak” – is anything less than an ecological calamity, scoffing at the avalanche of end-is-nigh eco-hype.

Yet, in the very next paragraph, Grunwald shockingly changed his tune:

The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?
July 29, 2010 by MICHAEL GRUNWALD

Filed under: environment, oil

Democrats block amendment to open Gulf oil to news media

No Media Outcry as Dems Block Amendment to Open Up Gulf Oil Cleanup to Press
July 15, 2010 by Lachlan Markay

It has become clear that the Democratic establishment does not have as much of an interest in press freedom as they would have the public believe. But what is even more telling is the media’s spotty response to censorship efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

On Wednesday, House Natural Resouces Democrats rejected an amendment that would ensure press transparency in the Gulf. The amendment came mere days after the Coast Guard rescinded a policy keeping journalists at least 65 feet from “essential recovery efforts.”

Offered by Rep. Paul Broun, pictured right, the amendment stated: “Except in cases of imminent harm to human life, federal officials shall allow free and open access to the media of oil spill clean up activity occurring on public lands or public shorelines, including the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”

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Censorship from the Obama administration?

White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill
July 3, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

The White House Thursday enacted stronger rules to prevent the media from showing what’s happening with the oil spill in the Gulf Coast.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported that evening, “The Coast Guard today announced new rules keeping photographers and reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water or on beaches — 65 feet.”

He elaborated, “Now, in order to get closer, you have to get direct permission from the Coast Guard captain of the Port of New Orleans. You have to call up the guy. What this means is that oil-soaked birds on islands surrounded by boom, you can’t get close enough to take that picture.”

As the segment continued, Cooper expressed disgust with this rule repeating several times, “We are not the enemy here”

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Obama administration: US big oil bad, Brazil big oil good

Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium
June 22, 2010 by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal judge struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, saying the government rashly concluded that because one rig failed, the others are in immediate danger, too.
The White House promised an immediate appeal. The Interior Department had halted approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling of 33 exploratory wells in the Gulf.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Barack Obama believes strongly that drilling at such depths does not make sense and puts the safety of workers “at a danger that the president does not believe we can afford.”

Obama Underwrites Offshore Drilling
Too bad it’s not in U.S. waters

AUGUST 18, 2009 by Wallstreet Journal

You read that headline correctly. Unfortunately, the Obama Administration is financing oil exploration off Brazil.

The U.S. is going to lend billions of dollars to Brazil’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, to finance exploration of the huge offshore discovery in Brazil’s Tupi oil field in the Santos Basin near Rio de Janeiro. Brazil’s planning minister confirmed that White House National Security Adviser James Jones met this month with Brazilian officials to talk about the loan.

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Yacht race outrageous, golf outing not newsworthy


Network Morning Shows Rage Against BP CEO’s Yachting Trip, Ignore Obama’s Golf Outing

June 21, 2010 by Scott Whitlock

All three morning shows on Monday railed against BP CEO Tony Hayward for attending a yachting race in England on Saturday, but they found no such anger for Barack Obama’s golf outing on the same day, ignoring the story. The pattern was nearly identical on Sunday, with only Good Morning America briefly mentioning the President’s recreational activities.

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Mika admits promoting White House talking points


Mika Admits: I’m ‘Working With White House’ On Oil Spill Talking Points

June 21, 2010 by Mark Finkelstein

Cut out the middle-woman and install Obama’s teleprompter on the Morning Joe set . . .

Give her high marks for candor: on today’s show, Mika Brzezinski admitted that she has been “working with the White House” on oil spill talking points. But that still leaves the issue of the journalistic propriety of someone in Brzezinski’s position serving as such a blatant shill for the president. H/t tip NB reader Ray R.

Mika could be seen reading from her notes during exchanges with former GE CEO Jack Welch, who was critical of the PBO’s handling of the spill. After repeated ribbing from Welch and Joe Scarborough over her use of White House talking points, Mika came clean . . .

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Do you want to know why I have a file that I’ve been working on with the White House—and I’ll be very transparent about that? Because of your friend Rudy Giuliani who came here last week spewing out a whole bunch of nothing.

If Brzezinski believes Giuliani had his facts wrong, have her book a White House official to straighten things out. But for Mika to be collaborating directly with the Obama admin in mounting a defense is unseemly at best. Then again, credit Mika for saying out loud what surely happens with many others behind the scenes.

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Should BP pay for government red tape?

Curiously, about 90% of this story is about BP and its financial obligations rather than the government red tape causing even more economic hardship than there would be otherwise.

Red tape vexes Gulf residents seeking BP payments
June 10, 2010 by AP

GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) – The reefs that David Walter makes for anglers to drop into the Gulf of Mexico are fake, but his frustration as he tries to win compensation from BP for lost income is real.

State regulators stopped issuing permits for the reefs on May 4 because of the oil spill, effectively killing off $350,000 in Walter’s expected business. It sent him into a labyrinth of archived invoices and documents lost by BP. Finally, an offer came: $5,000.

“I said that’s not fair because if you say that, then I have to go out of business and I lose everything,” said Walter, whose company is based in Alabama.

The latest slide came after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar promised a Senate energy panel to ask BP to compensate energy companies for losses if they have to lay off workers or suffer economically because of the Obama administration’s six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling. In an interview Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu reiterated her call to end the moratorium, saying it will cause economic hardship in the region.

“Every one of these 33 deep-water wells employs, directly, hundreds of people and indirectly thousands,” she said.

Not everyone had complaints about the claims process. Bart Harrison of Clay, Ala., filed his first claim on Wednesday morning for lost rental income on his coastal property and expected to have a check for $1,010 within a few hours. The only documentation required was tax returns and rental histories for his units, which were both easy to provide.

“The guy I talked to was knowledgeable and respectful,” Harrison said. “It seemed like he really wanted to write a check and please me since it was my first time in.”

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What in the world does James Cameron have to do with the oil spill?

Feds now looking for help on oil spill from … James Cameron
June 1, 2010 by Allahpundit

Filmmaker James Cameron and another Canadian who built submersibles for the director’s 1989 thriller “The Abyss” joined talks on Tuesday in Washington on innovative ways of capping the Gulf oil spill.

Cameron and Phil Nuytten, head of North Vancouver-based Nuytco Research, were to join several deepwater and oil sector experts meeting with Environmental Protection Agency officials, a spokeswoman for Nuytco told AFP.

No details of their talks were immediately available.

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Frank Rich Blames Oil Spill on Bush, Cheney, Beck, Palin, Tea Party and Rand Paul

Frank Rich Blames Oil Spill on Bush, Cheney, Beck, Palin, Tea Party and Rand Paul
May 30, 2010 by Noel Sheppard

With the Gulf Coast oil spill appearing to spin out of control, the Obama-loving media are now working overtime to shelter the President from any possible blame.

Exhibit A: New York Times columnist Frank Rich’s pathetic piece published Sunday.

Almost incomprehensibly, “Obama’s Katrina? Maybe Worse” is more of hit piece on the Bush administration than a serious analysis of the failings of the current White House to do anything to prevent the environmental disaster slamming the Gulf Coast after that oil well exploded almost six weeks ago.

But that’s just the beginning, for Rich actually ends up pointing fingers at Dick Cheney, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and Rand Paul:

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No patience for Bush after Katrina, different story for Obama and oil spill

MRC Study: Media Double Standard on Gulf Coast Disasters
May 26, 2010 by Rich Noyes

For more than a month, the American Gulf Coast has been threatened by a gigantic oil spill, caused by the April 21 explosion of a British Petroleum deepwater rig. Yet unlike five years ago — when the media were quick to put the onus on the Bush administration for its handling of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — for four weeks, ABC, CBS and NBC failed to scrutinize the administration’s ineffectual response to this disaster, now blasted even by such Democratic stalwarts as ex-Clinton operative James Carville.

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