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‘President Obama isn’t connecting the dots when it comes to oil’

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Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, has an article on the Huffington Post this week that seems to ask the important environmental question of the moment: What, exactly, does President Obama and his administration think it’s doing when it comes to fossil fuels? (He also wonders, interestingly, if the president is cursed when it comes to oil and gas, since every time his...

Can citizens in kayaks stop Shell when President Obama won’t?

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Everyone knows that drilling offshore for oil in the unforgiving waters of the Arctic is a fool’s errand. Three summers ago, Shell’s initial foray into this extreme quest for crude oil was an unmitigated disaster, ending with the bizarre yet tragically predictable saga of its oil rig the Kulluk breaking loose and slamming into the rocky coastline of Alaska. Now, Shell has been making...

The wreck of the Kulluk, and how to make sure it never happens again

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I’m worried, frankly, about the long-term effect of the steep drop in the price of oil. Lower prices at the pump – some places are registering under $2 a gallon for the first time in years – could cause rising fuel consumption, especially if motorists in America and elsewhere are tempted to buy SUVs and other less-fuel-efficient vehicles. That, of course, will lead to more greenhouse-gas...

Why are we still discussing the folly of Arctic drilling?

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William Faulkner once wrote, famously: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Faulkner — who’d probably be appalled at the environmental havoc that Big Oil has wreaked upon his native state of Mississippi over the years — could easily have been describing the saga of British Petroleum. Here on the Gulf Coast, we are forever talking about BP’s...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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