30 Dec '11, 6pm

A Gulf Chorus Fights BP's PR War #OilSpill #NRDC

A Gulf Chorus Fights BP's PR War #OilSpill #NRDC

As the president’s national oil spill commission recommended earlier this year, we need to establish an independent drilling safety and environment office to make sure this disaster doesn’t happen again. And as the commission suggested, we should expand the role of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to ensure decisions about offshore drilling are based on sound science. But this still has not happened. Instead, lawmakers are following the advice of the oil industry that lines their pockets….We still need to drill for oil, but we need to do it carefully while our country invests in new sources of energy that are cleaner, safer and that provide more jobs. That’s what Congress should be doing, not pushing reckless oil drilling that could put our coastlines at greater risk.

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Foot-long shrimp take over Gulf of Mexico

Foot-long shrimp take over Gulf of Mexico

grist.org 28 Dec '11, 2pm

The Asian tiger prawn, a gigantic shrimp that can grow to more than a foot long, is invading the Gulf of Mexico . This yea...