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Browsing Archive: June, 2010

Hands Across the Sand

Posted by Ethan on Monday, June 28, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs--

Here's a great reminder that we are not powerless.  If you haven't heard, there was a really cool protest held on Saturday, June 26th. Gatherings were held across the Gulf coast on beaches in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. At 12N, lots of people, including kids, joined their hands in solidarity to protest offshore drilling for 15 minutes and to support a clean energy future.  Check out the cool photo montage.  Peace Out-Ethan

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Johann Hari: Must Read in Huffington Post Today

Posted by Ethan on Friday, June 25, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs--

Please check out  Johann Hari's article in the Huffington Post today. He presents some scary facts from NASA.  We all know oil is spilling into our ocean in the Gulf, and is causing widespread devastation to the people and wildlife that live there.  But did you know that oil spills also release lots of gases into the atmosphere when they burn? Johann says these gases add to global warming. He reports NASA's findings that we could have the hottest year ever known.  Worse yet, his a...

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Federal Judge Overturns Drilling Moratorium

Posted by Ethan on Wednesday, June 23, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs-

Did you hear that a federal judge overturned the deep water drilling moratorium yesterday? Obama's administration plans to appeal. The judge felt that the decision to stop drilling was rash.  He said that just because the equipment failed in one drilling operation did not mean it would fail elsewhere. He also said the impact on our American oil supply would be jeopardized.  President Obama feels differently.  He wanted a 6 month moratorium (end) to drilling until the tragedy in the...
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My favorite "Neerg" does it again!

Posted by Ethan on Saturday, June 19, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs-

I know you guys--you're smart.  You can watch an adult newscast and understand most of it.  I also know some of the best news is on late when most of us are in bed.  That's why YouTube rocks!  If Mom and Dad say it's okay to be on the internet, you have to search for Rachel Maddow.  She is sooooo cool and beyond smart. Check out the new video on our BP Video of the Day page. She explains things in terms I can understand.  She talks about how the oil drilled here ends up in an inter...
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5 Things you can do now to reduce dependency on oil!

Posted by Ethan on Thursday, June 17, 2010,
Okay, time to take positive action with something that is under our control. Even kids can reduce their dependency on oil and petroleum.  Here are some ways you can do just that this summer!

  • Tell mom and dad you don't need a ride--walk or take your bike with a friend
  • Stop buying plastic toys and just say no to those Happy Meal Toys!  (do you really need another crummy toy you'll play with for 2 minutes?)
  • No more crayolas--yes they are made with petroleum.  Buy beeswax crayons instead.
  • Read that...

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President Obama's Oval Office Address

Posted by Ethan on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Greeting Neergs--

If you weren't allowed to stay up late for President Obama's address from the Oval Office, you can find it here on our BP Video of the Day page. President Obama spoke about the continuing flow of oil from the well and that it is likely to continue, affecting wildlife and those who make their living from the Gulf. He speaks to our governments failures to better regulate the industry and commits to holding BP accountability. I was happy to hear him rally for a new clean energy ...

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Dependence on oil must stop!

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, In : Say "no" to plastics! 
Hey Neergs--

When I first started this blog, I wanted to tell you how your plastic waste was growing the Pacific Garbage Patch (Trash Vortex) in the North Pacific Gyre.  Plastic stuff is made from petroleum and almost everything we use these days has plastic in it. The bad news is we do a crummy job recycling. About 80 percent of the plastic in the Pacific Garbage Patch comes from land-based sources according to our friends at Project Kaisei in San Francisco.  And worse yet, another trash vort...
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Posted by Ethan on Monday, June 14, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs!

We'd like you to weigh in on an increasingly important topic today. Reports are coming from numerous media outlets about the lack of access to the oil spill disaster site on the Gulf.  Do you think BP and the government have the right to block journalists from the beaches? In addition to the blocked access, it is reported that workers are under a gag order not to speak to the press. I think this video from WDSU in New Orleans is very disturbing.  The media is the key to telling the...
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Senate votes down Senator Murkowski's Bill

Posted by Ethan on Friday, June 11, 2010, In : Breaking News 

Some good news Neergs-- 

And we could use it. The Senate voted 53-47 to reject Senator Murkowski's bill that would take away the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to regulate carbon pollution.  The fear was the bill would let big polluters off the hook. Considering what's happening with BP in the Gulf now, this is quite a win. This is a positive move that shows our congress is moving in the right direction to address global warming and our oil addiction in the United States

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AP Journalist Dives into Gulf Oil Spill

Posted by Ethan on Thursday, June 10, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs-

Rich Matthews is a really brave journalist.  He is also a diver.  He actually dove into the Gulf to prove his point by taking video from beneathe the surface.  Check out his video on our Video of the Day page.  It will shock you. Rich Matthews wants to get the word out, so send this link to as many friends as you can--Journalist Gulf Diver. You can see from the video that his visibility is nearly zero.  No sun is breaking through the surface and there is no sign of life for 30 feet...
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Rachel Maddow in New Orleans--A Neerg that Rocks!

Posted by Ethan on Thursday, June 3, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs--

I know Rachel Maddow is on late, but if your Mom or Dad approves it, maybe you could tape or Tivo her sometime. I'm a big fan. She is super smart and has come to New Orleans to report on the BP Oil spill. She does a great job of explaining the impact of the BP spill on the Gulf Coast, New Orleans and the Wetlands. These videos are a must see! Try and watch as many as possible!
Peace Out-Ethan



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Did you know????

Posted by Ethan on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hi Neergs--

I know this is a short post, but I had to share.  I just read this and was stunned.

Did you know that this BP Oil spill tragedy has killed 11 workers?

Did you know the spill is way worse than the nation's last worst oil disaster, the Exxon Valdez spill? It spilled 11 million gallons into Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989.

Did you know that the gulf spill has leaked somewhere between 19 million to 43 million gallons so far?

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Day 43 of the Oil Spill

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hi Neergs--

Are you as frustrated as I am about the worsening tragedy in the Gulf? This is the 43rd day and oil is still gushing into the Gulf. Animals are dying and no one seems to be taking charge. This is now BP's seventh plan to remedy the situation. This new fix uses a diamond studded saw to cut off the main oil pipe so the engineers can lower a dome over the gushing oil geyser.  The fear is that the cap might not fit.  President Obama and his administration have ordered the drilling of t...
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