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"The US government made its first major moves on Apr. 27 in response to the Apr. 20 explosion and fire on the Transocean Ltd. Deepwater Horizon semisubmersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico as the Departments of Interior and Homeland Security launched a joint investigation."
"The oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico is sending ripples through Florida and national politics, giving Gov. Charlie Crist a reason to withdraw his support for offshore drilling." Crist Thursday announced he would bolt the Republican party and run for re-election without party affiliation.
"Oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico was starting to ooze ashore, threatening migrating birds, nesting pelicans and even river otters and mink along Louisiana's fragile islands and barrier marshes."
"BP brands itself a friend of the environment, an energy company that goes 'beyond petroleum.' That image, worth billions of dollars, is being sullied by the company's inability to contain a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico."
"A top adviser to President Barack Obama says no new oil drilling will be authorized until authorities learn what caused the explosion of the rig Deepwater Horizon."
"Along with officials' consistently cautious predictions about the scope of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, another group has been calling for a tempering of dire oil-spill forecasts: the Gulf of Mexico seafood industry."
"US President Barack Obama has said 'every single available resource' of government will be deployed to help contain the Gulf Coast oil leak."
A congressional hearing Wednesday highlighted the environmental dangers of the 100,000 trailer FEMA has sold, but there is apparently little Congress can do about it.
"As a sheen of oil moved closer to the Louisiana coast Wednesday, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revised their estimates of the amount of oil that has been leaking from the oil well from 1,000 barrels a day to up to 5,000 barrels a day."
"The first U.S. offshore wind farm, a giant project 5 miles off the Massachusetts coast, was approved on Wednesday after years of opposition involving everyone from local Indian tribes to the Kennedy family."
"Last weekend, at the Urban Assembly for Green Careers High School in Manhattan, around 200 youth shared stories of how environmental degradation has disproportionately impacted their neighborhoods and their generation."
"University of Newcastle researchers relied on 'spurious' results in claiming to debunk evidence that global warming is worsening Australia's droughts, a rival team of scientists contends in the latest battle of the climate wars."