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US House passes first legislation related to Gulf oil spill

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill aimed at broadening corporations’ legal liability for the deaths of workers at sea, in the wake of the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed the measure, which expands the ability of surviving family members…

US lawmaker: Oil spill costs may run trillions of dollars

The cost of helping the US Gulf Coast rebound from the ruinous Gulf of Mexico oil spill could run into the trillions of dollars, a US lawmaker said Thursday after a briefing from top government officials. “It will take billions of dollars — even trillions,” Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee…

Obama mocks ‘out of touch’ GOP leader: Financial crisis no ‘ant’

US President Barack Obama lampooned Republicans over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill Wednesday, seeking to turn a disaster that has been a political liability for him into a political weapon. Obama cited a gaffe by a leading Republican lawmaker who said the US government’s hardline tactics were a “tragedy”…

Obama pledges ‘every resource’ to aid Gulf citizens put out by oil disaster

President Barack Obama promised on Saturday to use “every resource” to help those affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as Americans awaited news of BP’s latest containment effort. In his weekly radio address, broadcast from Grand Isle, Louisiana, a community bearing the brunt of the spill, Obama pledged…

Director James Cameron: ‘Morons’ at BP turned me down

James Cameron, the director of blockbuster films such as Titanic, The Abyss, The Terminator and Avatar, can return to his deadly female cyborg script now that the “morons” at BP have turned down his offer to help with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. “Over the last few weeks I’ve…

Vintage McCartney lifts somber White House

Forty-six years after the Beatles invaded America, Paul McCartney rocked the White House Wednesday, honored by President Barack Obama at a star-studded concert celebrating his songwriting legend. Though British Petroleum is target number one for the White House over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, British pop, in the form…

Gallup poll shows largest GOP congressional lead of race

Republicans have taken the largest lead in the 2010 Congressional election cycle in a generic poll that tests would-be voters’ party loyalties. Gallup’s poll has shown the two parties neck and neck in recent days. But in a release today, the polling agency said they saw “Republicans moving back ahead…

Obama vows to hold oil spill culprits accountable for all ‘death and destruction’

President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to hold the culprits of the US oil disaster legally accountable, and promised to change the law if necessary to prevent history from repeating itself. Obama delivered the threat after meeting former senator Bob Graham and former Environmental Protection Agency administrator William Reilly, who…

Director of federal drilling safety oversight in Gulf calls it quits

Chris Oynes, appointed during the Bush administration to oversee offshore energy oversight at the Mineral Management Service (MMS), has quit. “After 35 years of service,” an MMS employee told AFP, Oynes plans to announce his retirement soon, leaving behind a career forever tarnished by a photo of him presenting Transocean,…

Gulf oil spill ‘tiny’ compared to ‘very big ocean’: BP boss

BP chief executive Tony Hayward claims that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is relatively ‘tiny’ but admits that his job is at risk over the incident blamed on his company. Hayward told Friday’s Guardian newspaper that the leaked oil and the estimated 400,000 gallons of dispersant that BP had…

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