Today’s Essential Reads
To be a modern Republican in good standing, you have to believe — or pretend to believe — in two miracle cures for whatever ails the economy: more tax cuts for the rich and more drilling for oil. And with prices at the pump on the rise, so is the chant of “Drill, baby, drill.” More and more, Republicans are telling us that gasoline would be cheap and jobs plentiful if only we would stop protecting the environment and let energy companies do whatever they want.
The U.S. public favors greater regulation of hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas drilling technique that has reduced prices for consumers while raising environmental concerns.
ProPublica investigations, however, found fracking to be the common thread in more than 1,000 cases of water contamination across seven states, including dozens of cases of well failures in which the concrete or steel meant to protect aquifers cracked under high pressure.
Chances are you’ve never heard of Pavillion, Wyo. Little more than a blip on a map of the Great Plains, the town of 242 residents in Wyoming’s Fremont County stands on the front line in the national debate over the gas-drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
BP OIL SPILL:
Last week, I voted “no” on the RESTORE Act amendment that came to the Senate floor. While its proponents have sold this as a Gulf Coast restoration bill, the truth is that it goes far beyond that.
A recent letter to chief executive officer Robert Dudley alleges that bribery and corruption have permeated BP’s shipping division for several years, the Daily Telegraph reveals.
Scientists have confirmed that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster has entered the marine food chain.
Despite promises of quick payments, it may be months if not years before plaintiffs associated with the BP Gulf Oil Spill receive compensation.