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Gulf Of Mexico A Sea Of Sickness After BP Oil Spill

A few weeks ago, an acquaintance of mine told me of a conversation she had with an “expert” she met while traveling. He had been studying the environmental impact of the BP oil spill that took place after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, she said. He [...]

Drill Baby Drill Did Not Bring Lower Gas Prices

The Republicans promised that if the USA could just produce more oil, the price we pay for gasoline at the pump would go down. Drill Baby Drill, they urged.

The Republicans lost with this argument in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, but Barack Obama followed their advice, and instituted a Republican-style extreme expansion of [...]

Obama Does A Small Excellent Thing

In the context of Obama’s moves to open up unprecedented areas of America’s lands and coastlines to drilling for oil, it’s a small move. However, it’s one worth noting, though. [...]

Fire Out Of Control On Gulf Of Mexico Offshore Drilling Platform

The out-of-control flames have grown so hot that the offshore drilling platform has now begun to collapse. Will the entire thing explode and go down in flames as the Deepwater Horizon did? [...]

House of Representatives Defends Big Government Spending On Fossil Fuels

Jackie Speier introduced an amendment to H.R. 2609 that would have saved money by taking 30 million dollars in extra government payments to oil, gas, and coal corporations. [...]

Offshore Drillers Lose Control Of Oil & Gas Platform In Gulf Of Mexico

The uncontrolled release of the natural gas into the water, and then into the air, is significant because natural gas emissions contribute to global warming. Natural gas consists primarily of methane, which is an even more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. [...]

Canadian Oil Leaking And Exploding, But Still Corporations Love The XL Pipeline Idea

Today, a “large swath” of Lac-M├ęgantic, a town in Quebec, was obliterated in explosions caused by crude oil that was being transported through the town. Large amounts of the crude oil also spilled into the Chaudiere River. The oil was being sent to Maine, to be used by Americans to cruise around in their cars [...]

Republicans Pump Oil Toward The House Floor

In order to serve the interests of Big Oil, congressional Republicans are even putting aside their anti-Mexican xenophobia to organize a kind of open border at sea, where employees from oil companies in both the USA and Mexico will be crossing national boundaries to help each other suck as goopy fossil fuel out of the ocean floor as fast as possible. [...]

What’s Going On With Irregular Times?

You may have noticed that things have changed a bit here at Irregular Times today. The look of our web site has changed a bit, as has the content. So what’s going on?

As Jim explained earlier this month, we’ve been having problems with the company that bought out our previous hosting company. First, Jumpline [...]

36 Democrats Help Republicans Keep Oil Leaking Out Of The USA

This morning, I wrote about the vote by 18 (or 19) Democrats to help the Republicans give a special exemption from environmental protections just to the builders of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. This afternoon, I want to take note of an even larger group of Democrats who decided to turn their backs on the [...]

19 House Democrats Vote With GOP To Approve XL Pipeline For Crude Oil

The disaster of the oil spill from a pipeline in Mayflower, Arkansas began just two months ago. 19 members of the U.S. House of Representatives seem to have forgotten that the environmental catastrophe ever took place, though. Last night, they voted along with every Republican member of the House to approve a special exemption from [...]