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Feature: Disaster in the Gulf

The oil that spewed into the Gulf was an unprecedented environmental disaster that continues to devastate local communities. It will be years before we understand the full extent of the damage. The bipartisan commission appointed by President Obama in the wake of the Gulf oil disaster found that the disaster was not a one-time fluke, but a result of systemic failures in government oversight and industry management. The oil industry, the administration and Congress should move swiftly to implement the recommendations of the commission to guard against another deadly disaster.

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Posted November 25, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Solving Global Warming

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This will be J.J. Creppel's last Thanksgiving at his home in Plaquemines Parish, a sliver of marshy land that juts out from the southeast corner of Louisiana and hugs the Mississippi River as it empties into the Gulf of Mexico. But J.J....continued

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Posted June 20, 2013 by Michael Jasny in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Posted April 17, 2013 by Frances Beinecke in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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Posted January 1, 2013 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Posted December 19, 2012 by Peter Lehner in Health and the Environment

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More than 90 percent of Americans carry residues of the chemical BPA in our bodies, according to the Centers for Disease Control. We encounter the chemical through every day products such canned food, and ATM receipts, and this steady exposure...continued

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Posted November 9, 2012 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Down in the Louisiana bayou, people have first-hand knowledge of the kind of suffering a maelstrom like Superstorm Sandy brings. After the titanic tempest slammed into northeast coastal communities, killing more than 100 and making thousands homeless, people in the Gulf could feel their pain. After all, Gulf...continued

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Posted September 10, 2012 by Rocky Kistner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming

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Cajun fishing and hunting guide Ryan Lambert has weathered his share of storms over the years. He rebuilt his house and lodge deep in the Louisiana bayou seven years ago after Katrina rampaged across the area like a wild boar...continued

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Posted June 28, 2012 by Regan Nelson in Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Interior Department is set to release its five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan covering the period 2012 to 2017. Under this plan, the Administration will allow further leasing in the fragile Arctic Ocean and offer up new tracts...continued

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