Gulf of Mexico

The Spillage Idiot
May 28, 2010

Charles Krauthammer has a genuine conceptual breakthrough. The BP oil spill is the fault, at least in part, of... environmentalists! Environmental chic has driven us out there. As production from the shallower Gulf of Mexico wells declines, we go deep (1,000 feet and more) and ultra deep (5,000 feet and more), in part because environmentalists have succeeded in rendering the Pacific and nearly all the Atlantic coast off-limits to oil production.

Bad Company
May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON—So who is in charge of stopping the oil spill, BP or the federal government?  The fact that the answer to this question seems as murky as the water around the exploded oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico suggests that this is an excellent moment to recognize that our arguments pitting capitalism against socialism and the government against the private sector muddle far more than they clarify. There are many tragic ironies bubbling to the surface along with the oil. Consider the situation of Gov.

Offshore Drilling: Room for Compromise in Pursuit of Clean Energy?
May 24, 2010

  It goes without saying that the nation should legislate no new commitments to offshore oil drilling without first getting to the bottom of the colossal BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. That means investigators, lawmakers, and the public at large need to really grapple with the Deepwater Horizon mess.   In this respect, lawmakers need to understand what technical things went wrong and get a grip on what regulatory failures played a role.

Palin Wrong; Dog Bites Man; Sun Rises In East
May 24, 2010

Good fact-checking from Elizabeth Williamson and Victoria McGrane of the Wall Street Journal: Former Alaska Republican Gov.

Why The Climate Bill Is Stuck In Neutral
May 21, 2010

Now that financial reform has passed through the Senate, is energy next? As always, that's… unclear. A big problem right now is that no one actually seems to be at the forefront of shepherding the Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act through the chamber.

The Crisis Comes Ashore
May 21, 2010

The continuing undersea gusher of oil 50 miles off the shores of Louisiana is not the only source of dangerous uncontrolled pollution spewing into the environment. Worldwide, the amount of man-made CO2 being spilled every three seconds into the thin shell of atmosphere surrounding the planet equals the highest current estimate of the amount of oil spilling from the Macondo well every day.

The Other Deepwater Drilling Problem
May 18, 2010

Just how crucial are those oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico? Earlier today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was arguing that they're indispensable. While testifying before the Senate energy committee about the BP spill, he spent plenty of time copping to various regulatory missteps at his agency and promised that "heads will roll." But he also made a case for continued offshore drilling: "The reality is that we'll be depending on oil and gas in the transition to a new energy future.

Spill, Baby, Spill
May 15, 2010

Friday's New York Times had a good scoop on the regulatory failure that led to the BP spill: The federal Minerals Management Service gave permission to BP and dozens of other oil companies to drill in the Gulf of Mexico without first getting required permits from another agency that assesses threats to endangered species — and despite strong warnings from that agency about the impact the drilling was likely to have on the gulf. And Andrew Sullivan had a great find on Sarah Palin and the political climate that creates such regulatory failures.

Tanking Hard
May 07, 2010

Early on Monday, BP’s boyish CEO, Tony Hayward, sat in an open-collared white dress shirt and, rocking back and forth in a studio chair, submitted to a series of four network interviews about his company’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The questions from NBC, CBS, ABC, and the BBC differed slightly, but to all the anchors, Hayward delivered a similar line: “This is not our accident.” In other words, it's not BP's fault.

The Answer To The Gulf Spill Is... Corn?
May 06, 2010

Since environmentalists are all trying to pivot off the Gulf disaster to make the case for climate and energy legislation, I suppose you can't really blame the ethanol industry for wanting to join in the fun, too.