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Obama slams ‘failed’ anti-regulation philosophy that led to spill

‘We will make BP pay,’ president says President Barack Obama strongly criticized the federal government’s oil oversight agency Tuesday night in an address to the nation on the Gulf oil spill. In his first speech from the Oval Office, Obama called on the United States to “embrace a clean energy…

FAA under pressure to open US skies to drones

Unmanned aircraft have proved their usefulness and reliability in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq. Now the pressure’s on to allow them in the skies over the United States. The Obama Administration has stepped up the use of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing hundreds, but concern to date…

For years, BP managers warned disregard for safety risked serious accident

A series of internal investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change its ways. The confidential inquiries, which have not previously been made public, focused on a rash of problems…

Chrysler recalls thousands of Dodge Calibers due to ‘sticky’ acceleration pedals

US automaker Chrysler has recalled some 35,000 Dodge Caliber vehicles worldwide over problems with sticky acceleration pedals, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on its website. Chrysler is recalling 25,000 Dodge Caliber of the 2007 model year sold in the United States, as well as a smaller number…

Sen. Reid’s ‘clean energy legislation’ would not end offshore drilling

Bill to focus on safety regulations, emergency well shutoff techniques, ‘updated criminal and civil penalties’ The top US senator pressed key lawmakers Thursday to craft legislation by July 4 to prevent the kind of “economic, social and environmental devastation” wrought by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Democratic Senate Majority…

Killed Transocean oil worker was fiercely concerned about BP safety standards

At least one of the eleven men that died in the initial explosion that triggered a disaster in the Gulf expressed concerns about safety practices on the oil rig. Transocean toolpusher Jason Anderson told his wife, Shelly, that he was concerned about BP’s safety practices on the rig. Anderson was…

Off-duty cop pretended to be terrorist gunman in hospital’s unannounced ‘safety’ drill

At the St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Henderson, Nevada this past Monday, a very unusual and terrifying scene took place that left nearly all its participants in shock — both out of fear and genuine bewilderment as to how safety planners could be so stupid. That’s because last Monday, an…

BP: ‘We’re not blaming anyone yet’

General manager says relief well expected to be completed in August is ‘end point’ for efforts to stop spill Oil giant BP has said it is responsible for the Gulf oil spill, but now the company seems to be reserving the right to blame someone else. Fox News’ Chris Wallace…

Virginia governor gives NRA monopoly on teaching gun safety to kids

The Republican governor of Virginia has quietly changed a state law last month that would teach gun safety to elementary school students, mandating that it use a gun safety program run by the NRA. The National Rifle Association exerts considerable influence in American politics, and has recently won a series…

US overhauls agency in charge of offshore drilling

The US agency that regulates offshore drilling was broken up into three separate agencies Wednesday as part of a move to end cozy industry relationships exposed by the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, officials said. The shake-up came a day after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told lawmakers the Minerals Management…

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