Trump issued a permit in March for Keystone XL's construction – something that former President Barack Obama and other environmental activists had warned could do more harm than good.
TransCanada delivers what local residents and landowners feared most about the Keystone XL pipeline; oil spills.
At a time when Republicans and their money-machine the Koch brothers are waging a ferocious battle to put a stop to clean and renewable energy, and oppose any and all regulations on fossil fuels, another man-made disaster in West Virginia reveals why dirty fossil fuels are a clear and present danger to Americans' health.
President Obama spoke to the media today to give an update on the how the new cap is functioning to contain BP's oil spill in the Gulf. Obama stressed that the new cap is good news, "The new cap is good news. Either we will be able to stop the flow, or we will be able to use it to capture almost all of the oil until the relief well is done."
Dick Cheney came out of hiding yesterday long enough to poke his head up in Erie, PA, and not take responsibility for the administration which he was a part of and their reckless deregulation of big oil, nope he popped up to criticize Obama. He said that Obama lacks the, "executive experience" to deal with the spill.
President Barack Obama delivered his first Oval Office address to the nation tonight and in it he did what many Americans have been asking for. He spoke for the American people, demanded answers, and laid out a plan for the future. Obama said, "We will fight this spill with everything we've got for as long it takes."
It seems that the worst environmental disaster in US history was all it took for Americans to get serious about protecting the environment. According to the latest Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection survey, 56% of those asked said, that "protecting the environment" should be the more important priority for U.S. energy policy over "keeping energy prices low."
Evidence is mounting that BP is not only trying to control message war as the oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico, but also they are hassling reporters and media who are attempting to report on the clean up efforts. ABC News reporter Matt Gutman captured BP's daily tactics on video, as the energy giant tries to prevent the American people from seeing the truth.
A brand new Obama/oil leak conspiracy theory is making the rounds courtesy of Fox News and Fox Business. The network is alleging that Obama intentionally let the oil leak so that he could ban offshore drilling. Eric Bolling said, "Are you sure they didn't let it leak so he could renege on his promise to, to, to allow some offshore drilling?"
On Fox News tonight, Bill O'Reilly took up Sarah Palin's latest conspiracy theory that Obama is more worried about campaign cash then cleaning up BP's mess. Not surprisingly, O'Reilly disagreed with Palin, and said, "Oil companies give big time money to both parties...John McCain got a lot of money from oil companies. Sarah Palin gets money from oil companies."
By any standard Republican Kentucky Senate nominee Rand Paul has had a terrible week. He followed up winning the GOP nomination on Tuesday with a disastrous appearance on the Rachel Maddow Show, which he followed up with an even worse appearance on ABC's Good Morning America where he defended BP and the oil spill. Most telling is the way that his Tea Party backers, including Sarah Palin have remained silent on his comments.
Fox News is still in full spin mode when it comes to the Gulf oil spill. Since the explosion, the network has been touting the virtues of offshore drilling, while downplaying the damage from the Gulf spill. However, Fox News Sunday's Brit Hume took it to new low today, when he doubted the size of the spill because the oil has not covered the coast yet. Hume asked, "Where is the oil?"
In calling the BP oil spill "Obama's Katrina"; conservatives infer that the President did not act fast enough. However, not only has this meme been debunked, but it goes to the central hypocrisy of the current conservative moment, whose only consistent value is to oppose Obama in order to destroy his Presidency. Conservatives are attempting to foist all responsibility for the clean up of the private sector caused oil spill onto the President. In fact, the conservative effort to label this as Obama's Katrina represents the Conservative endorsement of socialism.
Today on ABC's This Week BP Chairman and President Lamar McKay put to rest all of the right wing conspiracy theories that the Gulf Oil spill was an act of terrorism carried out by left wing environmentalists, or a foreign government. Instead McKay said the probable cause less sinister and more mundane, "I believe we've got a failed piece of equipment."
Fox News contributor Bill Kristol was on Special Report with Bret Baier tonight defending off shore drilling, when he made perhaps the stupidest statement of all time. He said offshore drilling is quite safe, "and very environmentally clean, except where there is a disaster like this." Essentially Kristol is saying that offshore drilling is safe, until the oil rig bursts into flames.