FROM Russell Gold
The Crude Business of Moving Oil in America US oil production and energy independence have reached a 28-year high, thanks mainly to fracking in North Dakota. But with no pipelines to move the oil, barrels of crude are now traveling the US on trains – an estimated million barrels a day. Last July, a train carrying barrels of explosive crude oil derailed in Canada. The fiery blast killed 47 people and leveled part of the town. Accidents like this have prompted an outcry over what critics call "bomb trains" and a debate on whether safety regulations are strict enough. We look at the safety issues involved with what critics call "bomb trains."
Monterey Shale Not the 'Mother Lode' of Oil It Was Touted to Be KCRW's signature local public affairs program has expanded to include today's top national and international news, as well as local issues.
Energy and Independence from Kiev to Keystone Ukraine’s Army is on the move with pro-Russian forces still digging in. As the crisis continues to build, there’s the prospect of a “natural gas war” pitting Russia against the European Union and NATO. Energy supplies could be affected worldwide, with the US on the verge of an oil and gas boom that could mean energy independence. Some Democrats are pushing the President to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. There’s pressure to increase fracking and to export natural gas. But what about renewables, and the environment? Yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Obama to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. The White House says Putin was urged to ask “all irregular forces to lay down their arms.”
BP Assigns Blame for Spill BP today released its long-awaited report on America’s worst environmental disaster, saying other companies share the blame for the Deepwater-Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. TransOcean and Halliburton have already responded. Russell Gold is energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal .
BP Well Capped, but Has the Leak Been Stopped? In the Gulf of Mexico, the runaway BP well remained sealed this morning with no oil leaking. But scientists are keeping a close watch on the pressure building in the well. Russell Gold reports on energy for the Wall Street Journal .
One Leak at Gulf Oil Spill Is Sealed Off For the first time since last month's oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, BP has succeeded in shutting off one of three leaks 5000 feet deep in the water. At the same time, the company says things could get worse. Russell Gold is Energy Reporter for the Wall Street Journal .
Oil Rig Explosion Pours 1,000 Barrels a Day into the Gulf Last week, a drilling rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico after a deadly explosion and fire. The Coast Guard was initially optimistic about the chance of a leak from the well. Now it turns out that 1000 barrels a day are gushing out of the sea floor. Russell Gold reports for the Wall Street Journal .
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.