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Death of the Climate Bill

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, In : Climate Bill 
Hey Neergs-

Listen, I know this is complicated stuff, this proposed climate bill. In a nutshell, the bill would have placed limits on carbon emissions produced from power plants, refineries and factories that contribute to global warming. The limit would put a price on pollution making it expense for companies to do business as usual, meaning they'd pay for their carbon-producing ways! It would force these companies to invest in clean energy alternatives.  Unfortunately, IMHO, our Senate, both...
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Obama Launches Ocean Protection Policy

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, In : Breaking News 
Hey Neergs--

Today, Obama announced a new national ocean protection policy. It will be a comprehensive plan for the conservation and sustainable use of our oceans. The administration recognizes that our coastal regions in the U.S. provide millions of jobs and support our economy. I guess the recent BP OIl spill kind of put a spotlight on how much we depend on our oceansThis new plan is about protecting our oceans and beaches and restoring what has already been damaged. I hope they work fast...
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Press Kept 65 Feet from Oil Spill Areas

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs--
Anderson Cooper from CNN has done an amazing report about the Obama administration banning press access (reporters and photographers) from being at the most important clean-up areas. BP had been the bad guy before (keeping the press away), but now the Coast Guard has announced their new rules.  The press must stay 65 feet away from booms and clean-up vessels.  Anderson says you can only get close if you get approval.  If you don't, you could get a $40,000 fine or be charged with a...
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Unstoppable Leak?

Posted by Ethan on Monday, July 5, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hey Neergs--

Check out this video with Keith Olbermann from MSNBC speaking with Bob Cavnar from the Huffington Post who is an oil industry expert. According to this report, the well is failing and leaking.  Believe it or not, letting the oil leak flow around the well head could alleviate pressure on the sea floor structure. The relief wells are the key to managing this disaster, so the race is on to complete construction. I think this is one of the best reports which explains the current statu...
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Get Mad and Do Something!

Posted by Ethan on Friday, July 2, 2010,
Hey Neergs--

I don't know about you, but I sometimes feel helpless about the Gulf disaster. Today I read about oil getting into crab larvae and other areas of our food chain like plankton feeders--the food of other fish that we eat! Scientists are saying that it is going to take more than months, likely years to fix this mess.  I'm starting to wonder if it's even worse than the the experts say. Maybe they don't even know. What I do know is that crying about it isn't going to help.  I do think ...
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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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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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Censorship?

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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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!
 
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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 
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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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A picture worth a thousand words...

Posted by Ethan Poole on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
Hi Neergs--

Check out these pics from the Huffington Post--my Dad's favorite website. You can learn a lot there--especially in their "Green" section.  Many of the pictures show emergency response teams preparing for the oil hitting the coastlines, which according to news reports started to happen last Friday.  If you know anyone living along the coast who is seeing the affects of the spill first hand, please invite them to share in our forums section and post links and pictures. 

 


 
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How do you feel about BP Oil Spill?

Posted by Ethan on Monday, May 17, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
 Hi Neergs--

I just uploaded some new videos about the oil spill in the Gulf.  The 60 minutes video is a must see! How do you feel about the finger pointing?  Who do you think is at fault?  

What do you think we can do right now?  Should we boycott BP oil and other products made from petroleum?  Should we start a petition to ban off-shore drilling?  Should we start a petition to demand a clean energy act?  Start getting your ideas together.  Stay tuned for a Green Kids Rock poll coming your way...
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Want to help the Gulf Coast?

Posted by Ethan on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 
My Dad received an email from Courtney Taylor of the Environmental Defense Fund today. She said that there are three things we can do right now to provide assistance around the BP Oil Spill. Of course you need Mom, Dad or a guardian to help you with these. If you can't volunteer or donate, don't worry!  Staying engaged and reading up on the latest (see number 2) is really, really helpful.  

You can share your knowledge and advocate for this cause. Remember, advocating for a good cause is stand...

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Oil Spill in Gulf

Posted by Ethan on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, In : BP Oil Spill 

By now I'm sure most of you know about this oil spill that is reportedly leaking almost 200,000 gallons of crude oil daily into the Gulf of Mexico. BP stilll hasn't figured out how to stop it.  There's a really interesting (and short!) story about three plans to stop the oil flow at MSNBC.com

One plan is to use remote controlled submarines to shut off the valves underwater. This is kind of like robotic surgery 5000 feet under water int the dark!  Another more promising plan is to put a 
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