Federal judge Barbier ordered Anadarko, a non-operated partner in the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico when in blew out in 2010, to pay a fine of $159 million for its role.

Final Government Report on BP Blowout Cites “Poor Risk Management

Today, The Joint Investigation Team (“JIT”), made up of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (“BOEMRE”) (formerly “MMS”) and the United States Coast Guard issued its final report on it’s investigation of BP’s Macondo Well Blowout and subsequent oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010.  The report came in 2 volumes,…

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Gracie Wins Self Magazine Award; Makes Today Show Appearance

Today, Gracie received the Self Magazine “Selfless Women” award for her accomplishments with Recipe for Success, her childhood obesity effort.  She also made an appearance this morning on the Today Show.  Have a look: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  

What’s Really Wrong with the US Economy

Listening to the pundits and politicians, you would think that national debt and government spending were the real problem with our economy.  That’s actually not true.  What is true is that the US has been reducing its manufacturing capacity, thus jobs, for 5 decades, far before this latest financial meltdown, and before the President, who…

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A Fitting 9/11 Tribute

This morning, I attended a 9/11 memorial ceremony on the Green in Woodstock, Vermont which was organized by the town’s emergency services organizations.  The morning started with a breakfast at the Masonic Temple; at 8:15, everyone gathered walked to the Green for the ceremony.  Veteran NBC News reporter, Bob Hager, recalled his experiences during those…

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In Rick Perry’s Texas, Firefighters Forced To Pay For Gear, Engine Fuel

In Rick Perry’s Texas, Firefighters Forced To Pay For Gear, Engine Fuel.

Can Government Really Create Jobs? Of Course It Can.

One of the biggest lies that the media allows right wing conservatives to continually get away with is that government cannot create jobs.  Eric Cantor, John Boehner, and every GOP presidential candidate repeats the lie as a mantra, to the point that many Americans (read Tea Partiers) now believe it.  Nothing, of course, could be…

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UK Unveils Fast Deployment Well Capping Device

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster last year, the UK, which hasn’t experienced a blowout in their offshore areas in 20 years, formed OSPRAG, short for Offshore Spill Response Advisory Group.  This advisory group, a cooperative between the offshore industry, the government, and, gasp trade unions, was charged with developing first response plans, control and remediation,…

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