Obama halts offshore drilling

President Obama announced today that he is extending a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling permits, and said the BP explosion showed the need to transition to a green economy.


BP oil rig disaster is big setback for Big Oil

This week brought new revelations about the "cozy relationship" between the oil industry and government officials, and about deregulation's role in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.


News in brief: Matthews says nationalize BP

Leading today's News in Brief: MSNBC news commentator Chris Matthews called on the Obama administration to do its best for the people and nationalize the oil industry.


Top offshore drilling regulator forced out

The top government official overseeing offshore drilling retired suddenly yesterday.


Gulf Coast scientists warn of hidden oil disaster

NEW ORLEANS - What is happening in the Gulf is a "massive experiment" in how to poison an entire ecosystem, one scientist says.


Experts confirm leak is far worse than BP is saying

NEW ORLEANS - Statements by local labor leaders to the World that the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is far bigger than the 5,000 gallons a day claimed by BP were confirmed by national experts speaking to the press today.


From Gulf Coast: We are more than fishermen, we are farmers of the sea

YCLOSKEY, La. - Brad Robin has been an oyster fisherman all his life, like four of his six brothers and his 84-year-old father.


A shrimp boat captain worries and waits

CHALMETTE, La. - Sixty miles off the Gulf of Mexico, the shrimpers and the people who work for them worry and wait in a world of hurt.


Administration urged to work with Cuba on oil disaster, protecting Gulf

"The Deepwater Horizon disaster underscores the need to be talking to Cuba about protecting our shared environment," the director of a U.S.-Cuba policy group says.


BP profits, and people “get stuck” cleaning up mess

Three weeks after the Deepwater Horizon exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 workers, over 200,000 gallons of oil are still being pumped into the ocean every day.

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