As BP Attempts to Stop the Well, PR Disaster Continues

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You can find the latest on environmental politics over on Blue Marble. Here are the most recent headlines:

Environment Makes a Comeback (Except Among Republicans)

In the wake of the BP disaster, Americans now say that the environmental considerations should take precedent over energy development. Well, at least Americans who aren’t Republicans.

BP Wants Cases Heard by Judge with Oil Ties

The oil giant has asked for a judge in Houston with significant ties to the oil industry to handle all the lawsuits against the company.

BP Spill Officially Worst In US History

The Gulf spill, now two to five times larger than previously estimated, has surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in the United States. It may even make it on the list of worst oil disasters in world history.

Congressmen Press BP for More Answers

Henry Waxman wants to know why BP is hiding crucial information from House investigators. Trust me, you really don’t want to make Waxman mad.

Obama Faces Tough Questions on BP Spill

Five weeks into the Gulf disaster, Obama meets the press.

As BP Stops the Well, Other Problems Mount

The latest effort to stop the well seem to be working. But can BP stop the PR disaster still unfolding?

MMS Head Canned

Elizabeth Birnbaum, head of the beleaguered Minerals Management Service at the Department of Interior, takes the fall in the wake of the Gulf spill.

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