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McCain introduces jobs bill to Senate

WASHINGTON — Veteran Republican Senator John McCain on Thursday unveiled an alternative employment plan after his party this week blocked President Barack Obama’s jobs bill in the Senate. McCain presented proposals drawn up with fellow Senator Rand Paul, a member of the conservative Tea Party movement, pledging to halt new…

PEW study urges Canada to suspend Arctic oil exploration

An environmental group urged Canada Friday to suspend oil exploration in the Arctic, warning that otherwise it risks an environmental disaster worse than the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The PEW environmental group said in a report that it does not necessarily oppose developing the oil and gas…

Corn: Obstructionist Republicans are the ‘zombie party’

Very early in his term, President Barack Obama says he knew that Republicans were going to oppose him at every turn. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Obama explained that it was first apparent to him while attempting to negotiate the stimulus bill. I still remember going over to the…

Obama to extend ban on offshore oil drilling

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will Thursday extend a moratorium on new deepwater drilling for six months, and unveil a major curtailment of the offshore oil industry, after a review of the Gulf disaster. The president will also announce that planned exploration off the Alaska coast in the Chukchi and…

US threatens to ‘push BP out of the way’

Oil giant BP faced mounting pressure Monday to control a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico after the US government threatened to take over the response to the month-old disaster. “If we find that they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, we’ll push them out of…

Hopes pinned on BP’s ‘dynamic kill’ to stop oil spill

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar raised expectations Thursday of what he cast as BP’s make-or-break attempt to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill by filling a ruptured well with mud. As crude oil spread through Louisiana’s fragile marshlands a month after a rig blast triggered the spill, BP…

Exclusive: Rep. Garamendi to push for permanent ban on West Coast oil drilling

WASHINGTON – Responding to likely the worst oil spill in US history, freshman Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA) is set to introduce legislation later today that would “permanently prohibit” offshore drilling all along the Pacific Coast. The brief two-page bill, which the congressman has dubbed the “West Coast Ocean Protection Act…

First rate shaming

I have my quarrels with some of the assertions in this article, but I’ll put those aside because this paragraph is just awesome: Take a hard look at yourselves. Play back this year’s Republican convention and you’ll see an all-white crowd of people screaming for offshore oil drilling — fat…

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