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Obama Allows Blasting Along Atlantic Shores To Begin New Offshore Drilling

On Friday, the Obama Administration approved a plan to begin seismic blasting of the sea floor by oil companies seeking places to drill for petroleum. The blasting has been assessed as likely to kill and injure huge numbers of marine mammals. [...]

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 [...]

Gasoline Filled Barges Explode In Alabama

If the fossil fuels industry can’t guarantee safety in the calm and temperate waters of inland Alabama, why should we believe that they’ll be able to conduct safe and clean oil drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean, or in the depths of the Gulf of Mexico? [...]

Santorum Suicide By Gasoline

It’s strange to me that Rick Santorum would choose to use this particular image in a campaign ad, because what the picture shows is suicide through the means of gasoline. It looks to me like a statement that our dependence upon gasoline is killing our society. That’s a message that doesn’t support Santorum’s freak out about gasoline prices. It suggests that we all need to relax, walk away from the gasoline pump, and simply drive our cars less when the price of gasoline is high. [...]

Are Americans Really Fuming About Gasoline Prices?

Consumption of gasoline increased by 200,000 barrels per day in just one week, during the same time journalists began to describe Americans as fuming about the cost of gasoline. If Americans are really fuming about gas prices, how come they’re buying more of it? [...]

Jet Skis Are For Wimps

Look to the canoeists andkayakers. While the jet skiers sit and bend their wrists, people who go by canoe and kayak put their whole bodies into it. They’re pulling through the water with their chests, their backs, their arms, and even using their legs. They’re tight. They’re hard. They’ve got the circulation it takes to really perform. [...]

Ray Is Right. We Need a 50 Cent Gasoline Tax.

With a 50 cent gasoline tax, American citizens will have more money, we will gain more efficient energy, and the world will become a little less toxic. [...]

Oil Spills Big and Small

Recent events remind us that oil spills happen on land as much as at sea. [...]

Speculation Drives Oil Down Too

I think that there’s a good argument to be made for the idea that, although the current financial crisis is founded broadly upon problems in credit markets, that the economic stress that provoked the breakdown in credit markets was the rapid inflation in gasoline and other oil-based energy products. [...]

Oil Drops To Eighty Dollars – Naturally?

If demand is down, it’s because the cost of oil has stripped our bank accounts clean, because the cost was at unnaturally high levels. [...]

We've Been Drilled, Baby. Drilled.

What might have been different if Americans had been organized to reduce energy consumption at the beginning of this year, to get the price of oil back down to 80 dollars? How many people who have had to go into foreclosure would have been able to keep their homes? [...]