Kate Shepherd reports on emails released under FOIA that confirms what we feared during the BP Macondo well blowout:  in an effort to get the blowout off the television, the government downplayed the environmental damage.  in her report in Mother Jones yesterday, Kate reports on the emails.

Report: White House Pressured Scientists to Underestimate BP Spill Size | Mother Jones.

The Big Lie – NYTimes.com

The Big Lie – NYTimes.com.

Source: US State Department

Over the last several months, the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline extension has grown to such fevered pitch that several weeks ago, the Obama administration, fearing alienation of its own environmentalist base, punted a decision on its border crossing permit for another year of further “study” of the pipeline project. Proposed by pipeline company Transcanada, The Keystone XL extension consists of over 1,600 miles of 36″ pipe that would move oil from the oil sands projects in Alberta, Canada, through Saskatchewan, into Montana, then crosscountry, using portions of the existing Keystone pipeline, extending all the way to refineries on the Texas Gulf Coast.  When completed, the pipeline system is expected to have capacity to transport up to 1.1 million barrels of oil per day, or about 6 percent of our total oil consumption per day in the US. Read the rest of this entry

Climate Skeptics Take Another Hit | Mother Jones.

When it comes to tangibly honoring great Americans, Washington tends to drag its collective feet, usually decades, before making room along the Mall for a tribute.  The notable exception is the Viet Nam war memorial that was completed a mere 7 years after the war ended; the impetus to build it so quickly was the hope that it would begin to heal the hemorrhaging wound of the Viet Nam war on our society.  It fulfilled that hope for the healing to begin.  Read the rest of this entry

In one of the Republicans’ most breathtaking assaults on Americans’ right to vote, Colorado Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler has ordered that Denver and Pueblo counties not mail absentee ballots to Colorado residents in the US military who are deployed overseas.  Their crime that denies them the right to vote this year?  They didn’t vote in 2010.  Despite requirements of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act that requires local authorities to send ballots to soldiers deployed in foreign theaters of war 45 days before an election, Gessler has decreed that military personnel (from Democratic leaning Colorado counties, of course) should be denied the right to vote, just in case they might vote for a Democrat. Read the rest of this entry

I’ve been watching the Occupy Wall Street movement since it started in New York on September 17th.  In the early days, coverage outside of Occupy Wall Street’s own website was virtually non-existent, dismissed by the media.  The major networks were no where to be found, and even local coverage was sparse.  It wasn’t until a video of a police supervisor pepper spraying peaceful protestors went viral did the media finally wake up. Read the rest of this entry

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