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Prevent War: Oil Disaster Shows Need for Law of the Sea Treaty

A dispatch from Friends Committee on National Legislation: A Quaker Lobby in the Public Interest As oil continues gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the BP disaster, policymakers in Washington are discussing prospects for more drilling in deep waters. Although President Obama has called for a temporary moratorium on offshore drilling, oil companies have already been competing for new ...

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The Oil Catastrophe

It’s hard to grasp the magnitude of the ecological catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. At this point no one is certain how much oil is pouring from the well into the surrounding ocean. BP, adopting an early government estimate, has claimed that it amounts to a mere 5,000 barrels ...

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Accountability for the BP-Gulf of Mexico Disaster from The White House

Ed. Note: For more information on federal response resources, volunteer opportunities, and assistance for those in affected areas visit WhiteHouse.gov/Deepwater-BP-Oil-Spill. Today, President Obama met with former Senator Bob Graham and former EPA Administrator Bill Reilly who will serve as co-chairs of the bi-partisan BP Oil Spill Commission.  Senator Graham served two terms as Governor of Florida and represented the state in ...

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Editorial: Louisiana needs its fair share now, Mr. President

In a rare, Page 1 editorial The Times-Picayune tells the president that Louisiana should get a share of the oil and gas wealth being mined off its shores now, and not have to wait until 2017 when a revenue-sharing measure that was adopted in 2006 takes effect. The edtorial Friday begins:  Louisiana fought for decades to convince Congress that our ...

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Audubon Society Calling for No New Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean

The Audubon Society is asking its members and activists and everyone to write to President Barak Obama and ask him to stop new offshore drilling in the Arctic. “Despite press accounts that new offshore drilling is on hold, Shell Oil is moving forward with plans to start exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean this July—even before we know what caused ...

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Amsterdam Global Conference of Sustainability and Transparency

In his opening speech at the 2010 conference, Global Reporting Initiative Chief Executive Ernst Ligteringen put forth several propositions pertaining to the future of GRI and the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework. Take the survey by following the link below. All responses must be in by 12 noon on Friday 28 May 2010. Please take part in this survey during the ...

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Obama running out of patience as BP misses oil slick deadlines

President sends top officials to Louisiana and threatens to prosecute executives The US Government is threatening to remove BP from the operation to halt the Gulf oil spill, and send it the bill at a later date, saying that the job of cleaning up after what will soon become the industry’s worst ever environmental disaster has thrown the British firm ...

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Dark Green | CommonDreams.org

We’re all caught up in this crisis of faith, no matter where we position ourselves on the political spectrum. No matter how comfortable we are, no matter how securely gated our community, we live with profound insecurity, at the event horizon, you might say, of awareness: Civilization cannot go on this way. Our way of life is unsustainable. If we ...

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States can benefit from reducing coal use: Union of Concerned Scientists

In a push for more renewable and local energy projects, the Union of Concerned Scientists has targeted coal plants, like PSEG’s in Bridgeport Harbor, as examples of wasteful offshore spending. The Union of Concerned Scientists recently published a report called “Burning Coal, Burning Cash,” and concluded that, “states can reap economic and environmental benefits by reducing their use of imported ...

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‘Nuclear disarmament is my top priority’: United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the nearly 1,000 participants of the International Peace Movement Conference to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Secretary said that “Our shared vision is within reach…a nuclear-free world.” And that “nuclear disarmament is my top priority.” The speech came at the end of two days of plenary meetings and small group workshops that included nuclear ...

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