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Deepwater trial: US lawyers say BP ignored warnings on 'well from hell'

As 11 teams of lawyers deliver opening statements in trial over 2010 disaster, judge sets out a three-month timetable

The man in charge of BP's ill-fated Deepwater Horizon rig warned his boss that staff were operating in "chaos, paranoia and insanity" just days before a fatal blowout killed 11 men and caused the worst oil spill in US history, a New Orleans court heard on Monday.

In opening arguments Michael Underhill, the lawyer representing the US Department of Justice, said BP knew it was drilling a "well from hell" but that its managers refused to deviate from a "course of corporate recklessness" that ultimately led to the fatal blowout at the Gulf of Mexico well.

In a difficult day for BP, Underhill was followed by statements from BP's partners in the fatal rig, Transocean and Halliburton, who also slammed BP. The dead rig workers "put too much trust in BP and paid for that trust with their lives," said Transocean attorney Brad Brian.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Feb 26, 2013, 06:14 AM (1 replies)

"I Want My Fair Share and THAT'S ALL OF IT" - Greg Palast

According to the transcript of the secretly recorded tape, Charles Koch was chuckling like a six-year old. Koch was having a hell of a laugh over pilfering a few hundred dollars' worth of oil from a couple of dirt-poor Indians on the Osage Reservation.

Why did Koch, worth about $3 billion at the time (now $20 billion) need to boost a few bucks from some Indian in a trailer home? Koch answered:

"I want my fair share – and that's all of it."

Now "all of it" includes a pipeline, the Keystone XL, which would run the world's filthiest oil, crude made from tar sands, down from Canada to his family's refinery on the Gulf Coast of Texas.

Problem: the Keystone XL tar-oil tube would endanger the largest US water sources, vastly increase pollution in the USA and measurably heat the planet.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:20 AM (11 replies)

Boehner Gets Emotional During State Of The Union - Jimmy Fallon Show

This was a very unlikely SOTU, but Jimmy Fallon as Boehner had me in stitches anyway and I just had to share it...

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Feb 12, 2013, 01:42 AM (6 replies)

U of Mich: Fuel economy of new vehicles at a new record high of 24.5 mpg

According to a University of Michigan study, fuel economy of newly purchased vehicles hit a new record all-time high in January.

The average fuel-economy (window-sticker) value of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in January reached a record of 24.5 mpg--up 0.4 mpg from the revised December value and up 4.4 mpg (or 22%) from the value in October 2007 (the first month of our monitoring). The recent improvements reflect the improved fuel economy of the 2013 model year vehicles.

The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI)--an index that estimates the average monthly emissions of greenhouse gases generated by an individual U.S. driver--stood at 0.82 in November. This value indicates an improvement of 18% since October 2007. The EDI takes into account both the fuel used per distance driven and the amount of driving (the latter relying on data that are published with a two-month lag).

Read more at http://blog.gasbuddy.com/posts/U-of-Mich-Fuel-economy-of-new-vehicles-at-a-new-record-high-of-24-5-mpg/1715-530587-1613.aspx#u9IALluLauuyt1UI.99
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Feb 5, 2013, 03:32 AM (11 replies)

Will the New Ethanol Blend Tank My Ride?

The EPA has approved a new gas mix with more ethanol, but it might damage your car.

After years of debate—and I'm not exaggerating on that—my husband and I finally bought a car. We settled on a Prius C, a pint-sized younger sibling of the iconic originals that gets 53 miles per gallon.

I drove the car for weeks before I finally had to stop at a gas station. When I pulled open the door to my tank, I found a stark warning sign on the cap telling me I was NOT to put any gasoline blend higher than E10 in my tank.

E10 means gasoline with a 10 percent mix of ethanol, generally derived from corn, and it used to be the highest blend of ethanol allowed in the United States. Ten states require all gas to include 10 percent ethanol. About 80 percent of the gasoline consumed in the US is blended with ethanol, according to the industry's trade group, the Renewable Fuels Association. Most of us—myself included—don't pay a lot attention to what gas we're pumping into our cars, outside of "diesel" or "unleaded," and might not have realized that we are already pumping corn into our tanks.

But we'll have to start paying attention soon, as the Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new policy that will allow states to raise the blend to up to 15 percent ethanol (also known as E15). The EPA says the fuel is approved for use for cars and light trucks from the model year 2001 and later.

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:56 PM (8 replies)

NRA shill Wayne LaPierre on Meet the Press today. The lowest of the low has been reached.

(Reposting from LBN for DUer Astazia, who is posting from a cell phone)

After his supposed "Press Conference" was not open for questions he spewed more blame for gun violence on everything but the guns themselves. There was a time that MTP was somewhat acceptable but no more. Giving this highly paid & dishonest glorified lobbyist ANY AIR TIME while kids are still being buried goes beyond despicable! Shame on them. Just wanted to see if we as a group let them.know that the insensitivity, combined with what will be a hard holiday as is for those in Newtown, as well as all over the country. It is a disgrace that David Gregory or whomever allowed this lobbying shill for the gun manufacturers to be a featured guest on your air. David Gregory should be replaced as managing editor. NBC & MTP apparently truly have no class & no shame. I don't always agree with the format on MTP, but this is the last straw. I don't know how they sleep at night. This is distressing. PLEASE, if you agree with this let them know.

Edited to add link to the original thread, with replies.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sun Dec 23, 2012, 05:37 PM (13 replies)

Rock Center: Richard Engel and Crew Believed They Wouldn't Make It Out of Syria Alive, 1st Interview

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Fri Dec 21, 2012, 02:36 PM (4 replies)

Richard Engel Describes Kidnapping In Syria

Quite a terrifying story! This was sent to me, didn't see it posted elsewhere in this forum. Just so glad to know that Richard Engel and his companions are safe.
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Tue Dec 18, 2012, 09:53 PM (3 replies)

Coast Guard ends search for 2 after oil rig fire

Source: USA Today

8:14PM EST November 17. 2012 -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard on Saturday evening called off its search for two workers missing after a fire broke out on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, sending an ominous black plume of smoke into the air reminiscent of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that transformed the oil industry and life along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash told The Associated Press that the search was ended at about 5:25 p.m. CST.

Coast Guard officials said in a news release Saturday that helicopters were searching for the missing workers from the air, while a cutter searched the sea.

The blaze, which started Friday while workers were using a torch to cut an oil line, severely burned at least four workers. Their burns were not as extensive as initially reported, said Leslie Hoffman, a spokeswoman for Black Elk Energy, which owned the platform.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/11/17/coast-guard-ends-search-for-2-after-oil-rig-fire/1711719/
Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Sat Nov 17, 2012, 09:20 PM (14 replies)

Ohio woman ordered to wear 'idiot' sign for driving on sidewalk to avoid school bus

CLEVELAND - A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children will have to stand at an intersection wearing a sign warning about idiots.

Court records show a Cleveland Municipal Court judge on Monday ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand at an intersection for two days next week. She will have to wear a sign saying: "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."

The judge ordered her to wear the sign from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. both days.

Hardin's license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250 in court costs.


Includes video:

Posted by Rhiannon12866 | Thu Nov 8, 2012, 01:29 AM (6 replies)
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