The Gulf Oil Spill and the Blame Game
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At a Senate hearing in Washington today, three companies pointed fingers at one another for what’s shaping up as a world-class disaster. Democrats, as well as Republicans, said offshore oil drilling still makes sense—if it’s made safer. Forensic investigators now report there were warnings of trouble and arguments over how to proceed before the deadly explosions 3 weeks ago. In the Gulf itself, the oil slick continues to grow as changing winds are pushing it west toward Louisiana. And on Reporter's Notebook.... will other states follow Arizona’s example?
The Liberal Democrats Leaning Conservative ()
Conservatives and Liberal Democrats appear to crafting a new British Government from the so-called “hung Parliament” that developed from last week’s close election. Despite being number two in the voting, Labor seems to be out.
- Tony Travers: Professor of Politics, London School of Economics
Oil Slick Shifts Direction, Heads West ()
At a Senate hearing in Washington today, BP, Transocean and Halliburton each blamed the others for the deadly explosion on the oil rig called Deepwater Horizon 3 weeks ago.
- Neil King: Reporter, Wall Street Journal, @NKingofDC
- Mark Schleifstein: Environmental Reporter, Times-Picayune, @mschleifsteintp
- John Amos: Geologist, SkyTruth.org
- George Crozier: Marine Biologist, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Other States and Localities Inspired by Arizona’s Immigration Bill ()
Arizona has taken a lot of political heat for the new immigration law that’s led to warnings about racial profiling. That has not kept politicians in other states from proposing similar legislation. The Gallup poll shows that 51% of Americans have heard of Arizona’s new immigration law. Just 39% are opposed…and 51% are supportive.
- Joseph Nevins: Associate Professor of Geography, Vassar
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